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260 Higham Hill RoadWalthamstowLondon, E17 5RQTel: 0208 527 2677
You can make an appointment by telephoning 020 8527 2677 or by calling in at reception during opening hours. We aim to offer an appointment within the same week but urgent cases will be seen on the same day.
For emergency appointment on the day, please call at 8:30am for morning appointment, or 3pm for afternoon appointment. Please note that we do not have a walking-in facility, all emergency appointments are need to be called in.
If you do need an urgent appointment we cannot guarantee that you will be seen by your doctor of choice.
We also offer online booking appointments, Please note, one appointment is for one issue only when you book appointment to see a doctor, if you have more than one issues, please book extra appointment or call the surgery to speak to one of the staff regarding this. No smear test, vaccinations and wound checking with doctor's appointment; antenatal bookings, postnatal check up and baby 6-8 weeks check up are only avaliable by calling the surgery. Nurse appointments are for blood pressure checking ONLY. All inappropriate online bookings will be cancelled without notice.
In a number of cases it might be worth considering an appointment with a practice nurse rather than a doctor. Practice nurses are qualified to deal with many ailments and you may be seen more quickly.
Please note the following languages are spoken in the practice:
English, Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi and Chinese,
If you cannot attend an appointment for any reason please inform us at least an hour before your booked appointment, or reply 'CANCEL' to your appointment reminder text in order for us to give the slot to someone else. Please not we have a strict policy about DNA (missed appointments). Please read this important information
Whilst we encourage our patients to come to the surgery, where we have the proper equipment and facilities available, we do appreciate this is not always possible. In this respect, if you do need a home visit, you can help us by calling reception before 10:00.
You may only request a home visit if you are housebound or are too ill to visit the practice. Your GP will only visit you at home if they think that your medical condition requires it and will also decide how urgently a visit is needed. Please bear this in mind and be prepared to provide suitable details to enable the doctor to schedule house calls
You can also be visited at home by a community nurse if you are referred by your GP. You should also be visited at home by a health visitor if you have recently had a baby or if you are newly registered with a GP and have a child under five years.
Higham Hill Medical Centre is a training practice and has medical students and trainee doctors working at the practice.
You do not require a doctor's sickness certificate for any illness lasting seven days or less. Your employer may however require you to complete a self-certification form (SC2) which is available from your employer or on the HMRC website.
If you are sick for more than seven days, your employer can ask you to give them some form of medical evidence to support payment of SSP (statutory sick pay).
It is up to your employer to decide whether you are incapable of work. A medical certificate, now called a 'Statement of Fitness for Work’ (see below) from your doctor is strong evidence that you are sick and would normally be accepted, unless there is evidence to prove otherwise.
You could also provide evidence from someone who is not a medical practitioner, e.g. a dentist. Your employer will decide whether or not this evidence is acceptable. If your employer has any doubts, they may still ask for a medical certificate from your GP.
The 'fit note' was introduced on 6 April 2010. With your employer's support, the note will help you return to work sooner by providing more information about the effects of your illness or injury.
For more information see the DirectGov website (where this information was sourced)
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