Your antenatal care will be carried out by Kings Midwifery Services. You will be offered an initial booking appointment where all options for delivery will be discussed. You will also be sent an appointment for an ultrasound scan. You can self refer to Kings Midwifery Service 0208 299 5696 Please be aware that, depending on your postcode, Lewisham or St Thomas' may be your local hospital. If this is the case, Kings can offer you antenatal and delivery care only. For further details of care from alternative hospitals, please check their websites.
Your postnatal and baby check will take place about six weeks after delivery and we ask all mothers to attend this appointment. Your doctor will discuss with you any problems you may be experiencing.
The midwives also run an early pregnancy/prenatal clinic on alternate Tuesday mornings 8.30 - 10.00am
(please see the board in the waiting room for details).
The 'walk-in' Well Baby Clinic is run by our health visitors and one of our doctors on Wednesdays 9.30am - 12pm. All children are offered developmental checks and an immunisation programme. Parents, guardians and children are welcome to attend. The health visitors also run prenatal and postnatal groups. They are based at Dulwich Hospital and can be contacted direct on 0203 049 7497 Immunisation clinics run by the practice nurses are bookable through the practice on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays: please book an appointment with reception.
The practice recommends the full range of childhood immunisations as follows:
Further details of the schedule can be found in the Personal Child Health Record also known as the Red Book in England.
Consent for immunisations or treatment is sought from the person with parental responsibility; this is
usually the mother. It is our policy to ask for written consent should your child attend with someone other
than this person e.g. au pair, nanny, other family member. Further guidance on parental responsibility
can be found at www.direct.gov.uk
We provide a comprehensive service including cervical screening (also known as a smear test), contraceptive advice and routine pill checks, advice on Long Acting Reversible Contraception (also known as implants) and Hormone Replacement Therapy. Please discuss your needs with one of our reception staff who will book you to see the most appropriate member of our clinical team.
This is recommended for all women from the age of 47 and is performed at a local centre every three years. Women are routinely invited by postcode. Breast self-examination is encouraged for all ages.
Our practice nurses can show you how to carry out a simple breast examination.
The practice has counsellors on site several days of the week. You will need to see one of the GPs for referral to the counselling team.
The practice has a mental health worker who can see patients with common mental health problems such as anxiety, mild to moderate depression, problems coping, isolation, and loneliness. You will need to see one of the GPs for referral to the counselling team.
Immunisation advice and information are available at our travel clinic. If possible, please consult the practice nurse as soon as you know that you will be travelling abroad.
You should bring with you a record of any previous immunisations you have had. Please note there will be a charge for some immunisations.
Remember that if you are travelling to Europe you will need a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) to enable you to obtain medical treatment. This replaced the old E111 and will cover you for all EU countries plus Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Norway and Iceland. Visit your local post office or benefits office to pick up an application form for one of these.