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Annual Health Checks For Carers

If you are an unpaid Carer who is over the age of 18 and have a Wandsworth GP you are eligible to receive a 30-minutes Carer Consultation with your GP.

Your GP will check your physical and emotional health and will assess what impact your caring duties are having on them.

Where relevant your GP your GP will then refer you to services that can support you in your caring role and with your health and wellbeing.

Following your initial consultation your GP will invite you back annually for follow up consultations.

Contact your GP to make your appointment.

Stay Well This Winter


Balham Park Surgery is supporting the national 2017/18 Stay Well This Winter campaign.

The Stay Well This Winter campaign is a joint initiative from NHS England and Public Health England, to help people with long-term health conditions, children under 5 and those over 65 prepare for winter and ward off common winter illnesses. 

Winter can be seriously bad for the health of these people, increasing the risk of blood pressure, heart attacks and strokes for those with a long-term health condition or who are over 65, whilst young children can readily pick up and spread illnesses amongst their wider circle - including family members of all ages. 

There are a number of things you can do to prepare against the cold weather:

  • At the first sign of a cough or a cold, get immediate advice from your pharmacist before it gets more serious.
  • Speak to your pharmacist about medicines you should have in stock over winter.
  • Pick up prescription medications before the Christmas holidays start as many GPs and pharmacies will close over the holidays.
  • It is important to keep warm in winter, so heat your home to at least 18꙳C (65꙳F), if you can, you might prefer your living room to be slightly warmer.
  • Make sure you get your flu jab.
  • If you need help over the holiday period when your GP surgery or pharmacy is closed, call NHS 111 or click here

These tips can help you and your family prepare for winter, stay well and get well quickly. 

For further health information visit click here 

For information support with benefits, heating and managing when a cold snap strikes, visit the Wandsworth Council news item here

Meningitis B Vaccine

Meningitis B Vaccine Information for Parents - Immunisation Against Meningococcal B Disease for Infants


Who is eligible for the vaccine?

Starting on the 1 September 2015 all infants born on or after the 1 July 2015 were eligible for the Meningococcal B Vaccine which was administered together with the other primary immunisations at 2 months, 4 months and 12 months.


Catch up

There was also a catch-up programme for infants born from 1 May 2015 to the 30 June 2015. These infants were offered the Meningococcal B Vaccine when they attended for their remaining primary immunisation appointments from 1 September 2015

Most children born before 01/05/2015 are not eligible for the Meningitis B vaccine.

Individuals with asplenia, splenic dysfunction or complement disorders may be immunised according to the schedule for individuals with underlying medical conditions.


Can the vaccine be offered to infants outside of the national programme?

The vaccine is licensed for use from the age of 2 months of age. Parents whose children are not eligible to receive the vaccine as part of the routine national programme may wish for their child to be immunised.

Parents may choose to request the vaccine from a private provider and will be liable for the costs of the vaccine and any additional administration charges.

Balham Park Surgery does not offer a private vaccination service and does not have any links with private providers.

GPs may not use vaccine stock procured for the national programme and cannot provide any vaccines outside that schedule.


Meningococcal Disease - Who does it affect?

Meningococcal disease can affect all age groups, but the rates of disease are highest in children under two years of age. Meningococcal cases increase from birth and peak at five months before declining gradually until 24 months. Cases remain low until 12 years of age and then gradually increase to a smaller peak at 18 years before declining again.

Vaccination to protect babies and children against meningitis has been part of the UK schedule for many years and is included in the pneumococcal, the Haemophilus Influenzae type B (HIB) and the Meningitis C vaccinations.


In March 2014, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation recommended the introduction of a routine infant Meningococcal B Immunisation

 From 2015, children aged 14 years will be scheduled to receive a single dose of Men ACWY conjugate vaccine, along with the Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio Vaccine. These vaccinations are carried out in school.


From 2015, all students attending university for the first time should have a single dose of Meningitis ACWY Vaccine. This can be carried out in the GP setting.

Information Leaflets

The website provides patient information leaflets on a wide range of conditions and health advice (these are the same leaflets as the GPs frequently provide in surgery).  Please use the search function below to access their leaflets.

Self Care Forum Fact Sheets

Visit the Self Care Forum: click here


Information Leaflets:

ECG – Electrocadiogram

Ear Syringing

24-hour Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring (ABPM)

Connecting Leaflet v2

Deciding whether to have a prostate specific antigen (PSA) test

Useful Websites

NHS We​bsites:

NHS Direct:

NHS Choices:

Department of Health:

Wandsworth NHS website:

Wandsworth Wellbeing Hub:

Health Websites:

Patient UK:

Men's Health:

Moodgym (Computerised CBT):

Information on NHS cancer screening:

Self Care Forum:

Prostate Cancer UK

Other Useful Websites:


Citizen's Advice Bureau:

Department of Work & Pensions:

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