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.
Frequently Asked Questions
You can book an appointment by using Online Services – please do not email or fax an appointment request. If you are unable to book online then call us on 0121 766 8828.
Appointments can be booked 24 hours a day 7 days a week online or during surgery hours by telephone. To register for online appointments please fill out our online form or request access from the reception on your next visit.
If you have been referred for a Choose and Book Appointment recently, you will need to book your own hospital appointment. You will have been sent the paperwork to do this within 2 weeks. Please contact the appointment centre details on section 2 on the enclosed paperwork and give details of both your reference number and password. You should then be able to arrange an appointment at your convenience at your chosen hospital.
Should you contact the e-referral service and there are no appointments available to book at your selected hospital, you will be put on that hospital waiting list for an appointment to be sent to you. It is the hospital’s responsibility to ensure you receive an appointment. Please be assured that you are on the hospital waiting list and will be sent an appointment in due course.
If you have not heard from the hospital with an appointment, please contact the hospital directly quoting your reference number and password. Please see the direct telephone numbers for the hospitals as below as they manage their own waiting lists.
- Birmingham Eye Hospital 0121 507 6712
- Birmingham Treatment Centre – 0121 507 4151
- Birmingham Women’s Hospital – 0121 627 2786
- Children’s Hospital – 0121 333 9700
- Solihull/Heartlands – 0121 424 1234
- Royal Orthopaedic Hospital – 0121 685 4186
- Queen Elizabeth Hospital – 0121 371 7066
To track your e-Referral you will need the following details to log into the e-Referral website:
- Your date of birth
- Reference number – this will be on the first page of your letter
- Password – this will be on the last page of your letter
- Please make sure to update your mobile number.
Requesting a repeat prescription is easy. Please sign up to GP online services and you’ll be able to use a website or app to order repeat prescriptions online. The service is free and available to everyone who is registered with a GP.
All GP practices are required to declare the mean earnings (e.g – average pay) for GP’s working to deliver NHS services to patients at each practice. The average pay for GP’s working in Small Heath Medical Practice in the last financial year was £22,048 before tax and national insurance. This is for 5 part-time GP’s who worked in the practice for more than six months.
Is your feedback positive or negative?
Positive Feedback: We really work hard to provide you with good quality healthcare services and we are human too. If you are happy with our services then please do tell us and tell others too.
Negative Feedback: If you have a complaint or concern about the service you have received from the doctors or any of the staff working in this practice, please let us know. We operate practice complaints procedure as part of a NHS system for dealing with complaints. Our complaints system meets national criteria.
How to complain
Although we always try to offer our patients the best care, despite the increasingly heavy demands made of us, we accept that there may be times when you have comments or complaints to make.
If you are unhappy about any aspect of our service or have constructive suggestions for improvement then please contact our practice business manager. We would ask that you let us know of any problems as soon as possible. We hope that most problems can be sorted out easily and quickly, preferably at the time they occur. Information is obtainable from reception.
If you feel you cannot raise your complaint with us, you can contact PALS, Adams Hill Centre,190 Adams Hill,Bartley Green,Birmingham.B32 3PJ. If you remain unhappy after everything has been done to try to resolve your concern or complaint you have the right to approach the Ombudsman. Tel: 0345 015 4033 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Write: Millbank Tower, Millbank, London SW1P 4QP.
NHS Complaints. members of the public, patients and their representatives can also contact NHS England. Customer contact centre, NHS England, PO Box 16738, Redditch B97 9PT telephone:0330 311 22 33 email: email@example.com. British Sign Language (BSL): if you use BSL, you can talk to NHS England via a video call to a BSL interpreter. Visit NHS England’s BSL Service NHS England opening hours are: 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday, except Wednesdays when they open at the later time of 9.30am.
If you live within our practice area of postcodes B9, B10 & B25 you are welcome to register with us. Click here to Register as a New Patient. You will need to complete a registration form and a health questionnaire which will provide useful information whilst we wait for your medical records to arrive from your previous doctor.
All new patients are offered a health check with a member of the healthcare team to ensure that any required tests are up to date and that we have an accurate note of any repeat medication you may be taking.
|Monday||08:00 – 19:30|
|Tuesday||08:00 – 18:30|
|Wednesday||07:00 – 16:00|
|Thursday||08:00 – 18:30|
|Friday||08:00 – 18:30|
We offer early morning appointments Tuesday and Wednesday as early as 7 am. We also offer late evening appointments on Mondays. Please contact reception for further information.
We also now offer evening and weekend appointments. They are held at the IRIDIUM MEDICAL PRACTICE, 299 BORDESLEY GREEN EAST, STECHFORD, B33 8TA.
You must book an appointment through the surgery as normal for the evening and weekend appointments. They will not see walk-ins.
We also offer extended access appointments on Tuesdays, and through the extended access hub at Lordswood.
List of useful links and phone numbers
|QE Main switch||0121 371 2000|
|QE Appointments||0121 371 7070|
|QE Imagining Appointments||012 1 371 4695|
|0121 685 4000
0121 685 4186
|0121 333 9999
0121 333 9700
|Women||0121 427 1377|
|Social services||0121 303 1234|
|Birmingham Carer Hub||0333 006 9711|
|Mon, Tues, Thurs & Fri: 8.45am-5.15pm Weds: 8.45am-7pm|
|Yewcroft / Quinton Carers Group||The Kenrick Centre Mill Farm Road|
|Monthly 2nd Wednesday of each month||Harborne 0300 304 5530 or|
|Michelle Long 07392 319482|
|Longbridge Carers Group||Longbridge Health & Community Centre, 10 Park Way|
|0300 304 5530 or|
|Michelle Long 07392 319482|
|Health & Wellbeing Carers Group Monthly 2nd Thursday of each month||Michelle Long 07392 319482|
|Creative Support||88 Bristol Road South Northfield|
|alt. Wednesdays 2-3pm||0121 476 4349|
|Looking Forward||Term time only|
|(Parent and Carer Support Group)||17 Victoria Road Harborne|
|National Autistic Society||0808 800 4104|
|Monday Thursday 10-4 Friday 9-3|
|National Dementia & Alzheimer’s Helpline||0300 222 11 22|
|Ring and Ride||0330 053 8135|
|Autism West Midlands||0121 450 7582 / 0303 03 00 111|
|Silverline—Helpline for older people||0800 4 70 80 90|
|Age UK||0800 055 6112|
|Age Concern||0121 362 3650|
|Citizens Advice||0344 411 1444 www.citizensadvice.org.uk|
|National Debtline||08088084000 www.nationaldebtline.co.uk|
|CRUSE Bereavement Care||0808 808 1677|
|Citizens Advice Bureau||03444 111 444|
|MIND||0300 123 3393|
|Dementia Awareness||0121 466 6000|
|Samaritans||0121 666 6644|
|Birmingham Healthy Minds||0121 301 2525|
The NHS operate a zero tolerance policy with regard to violence and abuse and the practice has the right to remove violent patients from the list with immediate effect in order to safeguard practice staff, patients and other persons. Violence in this context includes actual or threatened physical violence or verbal abuse which leads to fear for a person’s safety. In this situation we will notify the patient in writing of their removal from the list and record in the patient’s medical records the fact of the removal and the circumstances leading to it.
In addition to GP consultations the Practice offers a comprehensive range of healthcare services and specialist clinics:
Adult Immunisations – are your vaccinations up to date? If not, make an appointment to see one of our Practice Nurses to have your routine vaccinations. Adult Vaccines available on the NHS
Ante-natal Care – the Doctors work closely with the midwives to deliver your ante-natal care. Please arrange an appointment with your Doctor if you are pregnant.
Child Health Surveillance 6 – 8 week developmental review -Appointments for consultations will be sent from the practice. These are undertaken by the GP.
Childhood immunisations – Appointments for your child’s immunisations will be sent to you direct from the child health team. It is important that you attend for these appointments as the vaccinations need to be given at specific times in your child’s development (8, 12, and 16 weeks). If you are unable to attend please let us know so that we can re-arrange in a timely fashion. Childrens Vaccination Schedule
Contraception and Sexual Health – a full range of contraceptive services are available – this includes fitting coils as well as hormonal methods e.g. the pill, injections and implants. These services are also available to residents who are not registered with the Practice.
Chronic Disease Reviews – We have changed the way we invite our patients with chronic diseases, so that hopefully it will make it easier to know when you will be invited and reduce the number of times we ask you to attend. By chronic disease, we mean Diabetes, Asthma, COPD, Stroke monitoring and Heart Disease. Instead of asking you to see the nurse about separate conditions, we will invite you to attend for a nurse appointment each year in the month of your birth for a review of any of these conditions. So, if you suffer from 2 of these conditions, the nurse will review both conditions at the same appointment. You are welcome to book appointments if you have any concerns at any other time and the nurse will arrange any follow up you may need before your next routine review. We hope this will make your review appointment procedure simpler and more effective.
Holiday/ Routine Vaccinations – are your tetanus and polio vaccinations up to date? If not, make an appointment to see the Nurse to have a booster dose. Holiday vaccinations are just as important- ask for details at reception
Health Promotion – the Practice firmly believes that good health can be maintained by adopting a healthy lifestyle. Advice and encouragement are available for all our patient
Minor Surgery – these clinics are held on some Fridays by appointment. In these clinics minor lumps and bumps, skin tags, verrucas and warts may be removed. Please see your Doctor for further details.
Smoking Cessation – we have a comprehensive programme of help if you want to stop smoking. This involves initial support to set a quit date, prescription of medication to help you to stop smoking and follow up advice to help you keep well when not smoking. Please book an appointment with reception if you want help to quit.
Travel Vaccinations – if you require any vaccinations relating to foreign travel you need to make an appointment with one of our Practice Nurses at least two months before your planned travel. This allows time to plan and complete a course of any necessary injections and sign post you to other specialist clinics.
Please see our travel form
he National Health Service provides most health care to most people free of charge, but there are exceptions such as prescription charges. The NHS does not employ GPs but has a contract with them to provide NHS general medical services for their patients. Sometimes, however, GPs are asked to provides additional services, which fall outside their contract with the NHS, and in these circumstances, they are entitled to make a reasonable charge for providing them. It is up to the individual practice to decide how much to charge, although the BMA produces lists of suggested fees for the Doctors to use as a guideline.
When a doctor signs a certificate or completes a report, the doctor needs to check the patient’s entire medical record to ensure that they are providing accurate information. GPs will not be able to complete forms overnight, so please ensure that you give them reasonable notice. Not all documents need a signature by a doctor. For example, you could ask another person in a position of trust, who may be willing to sign a passport application free of charge. (Teacher, Accountant, etc).
If you have several forms requiring completion, present them all at once and ask the receptionist if bringing them as a ‘job lot’ can reduce the price. You can also complete the form to the best of your ability in pencil, so the doctor just has to quickly verify your entries against the information held by the practice.
What is covered by the NHS and what is not?
Examples of non-NHS services for which GPs can charge their NHS patients are:
- Certain travel vaccinations
- Private medical insurance reports
- Holiday cancellation claim forms
- Referral for private care forms
- Letters requested by, or on behalf of, the patient
The fees charged are based on the British Medical Association (BMA) suggested scales and our reception staff will be happy to advise you about them along with appointment availability.
We aim to complete all reports within 2 weeks from the date of receipt. If the report does not form part of the NHS services a charge may apply. Where possible, we base our fees in line with the British Medical Associate (BMA) Guidance.
IMPORTANT: Contact reception about any requests you may have. Do not book an appointment with the Doctor to discuss a medical report or letter.
Please telephone us an explain you need to see a Doctor urgently – The receptionist will ask you for a brief description of the problem and will offer you a sameday appointment to see a Doctor. If you call after 11am, the Receptionist will pass on the nature of your problem to the Doctor, who will either request you come to the surgery or they will telephone you to discuss the problem.
Modern Slavery Statement
Section 54 of the UK Modern Slavery Act (2015) requires commercial organisations operating in the UK with an annual turnover in excess of £36m to produce a ‘slavery and human trafficking statement for each financial year of the organisation’.
Organisational Structure and Business
Our Health Partnership is one of the UK’s biggest GP partnerships. It brings together 52 surgeries in the Midlands and Shropshire. By using our shared expertise to tackle the challenges of GP practice today, we can keep local surgeries thriving and provide the excellent care that our patients need now and into the future.
Our approach to slavery and human trafficking
We are committed to tackling modern slavery within every part of our business and its supply chains. Our Anti-slavery statement, in combination with the establishment of effective policies, demonstrates our commitment to the issue of modern slavery and ensures that appropriate and coordinated action is taken throughout the business.
We have taken action to understand and address the risks of modern slavery within our operations, including:
- The development of robust processes around whistleblowing, grievance, disciplinary and bullying and harassment policies, to provide both staff and patients with assurance that modern slavery concerns will be raised and dealt with appropriately
- Staff training and increasing awareness of modern slavery, on how to spot signs and raise complaints within the organisation, and monitoring the delivery of this training to staff
- Putting in place Strict standards for conduct in the workplace, mirroring the NHS code of conduct, as referenced within our staff handbook and code of conduct policy
- Ensuring inappropriate employment practices are avoided by adhering to our Illegal Working Prevention, DBS, and Recruitment policies, to ensure identity checks, DBS, qualifications and references are in place
- Continued development of policies around safeguarding
Earlier in the year NHS England and NHS Clinical Commissioners also published guidance on ‘Items which should not be routinely prescribed in primary care’ and subsequently the Birmingham and Solihull CCG policy was produced. Medicines included in the policy are:
- Glucosamine and chondroitin
- Herbal treatments
- Immediate release fentanyl
- Lidocaine plasters
- Lutein and antioxidants
- Once daily Tadalafil
- Omega-3 fatty acid compounds
- Perindopril arginine
- Prolonged release doxazosin
- Rubifacients (excluding topical NSAIDs)
- Targinact – Oxycodone and naloxone combination
- Tramacet – paracetamol and tramadol combination
- Vaccines administered exclusively for the purposes of travel (see list in policy)
Birmingham and Solihull CCG policy: https://nhs.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=fc496e37a02fff5979483df7e&id=50f4e99283&e=261acd4ccf
Fees for Non- NHS Work
There are occasions when you may require a service from your Doctor which does not come within the terms of the NHS. Your Doctor is, therefore, entitled to charge a fee for such a service. As of April 2016 Small Heath Medical Practice are now implementing 20% VAT. Small Heath Medical Practice charge for the following:
All Prices are inclusive of VAT
Small Heath Medical Practice charge for the following:
Certificates & Forms Charge
|Private Sick/Return to work Note||£16.50|
|Freedom from Infection certificate||£10.00|
|Provident association claim form
|Sickness/Accident insurance benefit claim form||£35.00|
|Housing Letters for council ect||£24.00|
|General Description of Health Problem||£24.00|
|Private Medical report for Health Insurance Claim||£40.00|
Medical Examinations & Reports
|GV, PCV, Taxi Driver||£102.00|
|Elderly driver fitness certificate||£102.00|
|Racing driver certificate||£102.00|
|Access to Records under Data Protection Act|
|Computerised records up to||£10.00|
|Manual records or combination of manual/computer record up to||£50.00|
|Course of vaccinations (non NHS), plus cost of vaccine||£23.00|
|Private prescription for drugs not needed immediately for travel abroad||£10.00|
|Holiday cancellation certificate||£15.00|
|Fitness to travel certificate||£10.00|
|Meningitis ACWY+ certificate||£50.00|
VAT Registration Number: 240 6947 03
It is the policy of this practice to respect the privacy, dignity, religious and cultural beliefs of our patients.
If you feel you would like a chaperone to be present during a physical examination by a doctor or any other health professional you may be consulting at the surgery (or if you prefer to be examined by a doctor or health professional of the same sex as yourself) please let us know and we will do our best to comply with your wishes.