Frequently Asked Questions
How early should I get my travel vaccines?
Travel vaccines should be booked with the practice nurse at least 12 weeks in advance of your date of travel. Please contact us to arrange for your vaccines at the appropriate time. It can take up to 8-12 weeks to develop immunity once you have received vaccination.
Can I stop taking my prescribed medication?
No. You should only stop taking your prescribed medicine if advised by the doctor. You should complete the course unless otherwise advised by the doctor. Repeat medications should also be continued unless advised by the doctor.
When do I need to see a doctor?
Most medical conditions are self-limiting. This means that they will invariably get better by themselves over time. Therefore, your condition may not necessarily require an appointment with a GP. You can consult a qualified pharmacist if you require general advice on medical conditions and medicines available over the counter.
I am living in an area temporarily and not registered with a local doctor – can I get medical help?
Yes. If you are visiting family and NOT registered with a Birmingham doctor, then you can register as a temporary patient. Please ask one of our reception staff for further information.
Will I have to pay for travel vaccinations?
Some travel vaccinations are available free on the NHS, such as Typhoid and Hepatitis A. However, certificates required for travel (e.g. MenACWY for Hajj) will incur a fee. For further information, please speak to a member of our reception staff.
Should I get my child immunised?
Yes. Immunisation for children is important as it helps to prevent your child from contracting serious conditions. They are recommended by Public Health and NHS England.
Can I give my prescribed medication to someone else?
No. Under no circumstances should prescribed medication be given to anyone other than the patient for whom it was prescribed. Doing so may prove dangerous as your medication are prescribed for you and your specific condition.
How do I get the help of an interpreter?
Please ask one of our reception staff to book an interpreter who speaks your language. Please note: interpreter services require 24 hours for booking.