University Medical Practice5 Pritchatts RoadEdgbastonBirmingham, B15 2QUTel: 0121 687 3055 option 1
Please book in with a member of our Nursing staff.
Please update the practice if you have changed address or telephone number - it is vital that we have correct contact details. Please select the Online Services from our Quick Links menu on the right. You must live within our practice area to remain registered with us - look at the practice area map in the New Patients tab to check where you live.
The University has introduced Pay & Display around our car park at the back of the surgery. Patients attending the surgery for 90 minutes or less can park without charge in the car park area closest to the surgery.
All patients have a named doctor and you will be informed who that is when you register for the first time. However we have an "open list policy" which means you are welcome to see whichever doctor you choose but we would strongly advise trying to see a consistent doctor, especially for long term health conditions. Please see here for more information.
Contraception & Women's Health
We offer an extensive range of women’s services including advice and supply of all forms of contraception. Contraception is provided free of charge but we only have limited supplies of condoms. Emergency Contraception is available every day we are open by making an appointment or seeing the duty nurse on a walk-in basis.
We also offer sexual health advice and advice and prescriptions for HRT. Our nurses provide the majority of these services and appointments can be pre-booked up to 2 weeks ahead, with some also being available on the day.
Dr Lilford, Dr Yunas and Dr Rummens offer Nexplanon implant insertion & removals.
Dr Hadfield offers Intra-uterine Device (IUD) fittings, including people who have not completed a pregnancy - we are able to make arrangements at local family planning clinics for people who are unsuitable for fittings in the practice.
Emergency Contraception is available every day we are open by making an appointment or seeing the Duty Nurse on a walk-in basis. Attend as early as you possibly can.
Sexual Health Testing
The practice offers free (Besure) self-test kits for men and women for chlamydia.
The practice can offer the full range of STD tests for people with symptoms - Dr Rummens does testing for men and all the doctors and nurses can offer testing for women. Please note that we are not able to offer a full screening service due to the volume of testing needed but are able to test those with symptoms and at significant risk.
The Local GUM Clinics are based in the centre of Birmingham at Whittall Street Clinic, Whittall Street, Birmingham. B4 6DH or in the Sexual Health Clinic at Basement, Boots the Chemist, High Street, Birmingham. Appointments can be made for either venue on 0121 237 5700.
Alternatively you can visit Hawthorne House in Heartlands Hospital in Bordsley Green.
Child Health Surveillance
This is run by Dr Boulter, together with our health visitor who is available to see mums & children without an appointment on alternate Monday afternoons. She is able to give advice on a wide range of child health issues including development and vaccinations.
Drs Boulter, Hadfield, Rummens do the new-born (8 week) development checks - please book an appointment with reception and bring your child's Red Book with you.
The health visitor does the 9 month check.
The nurses can give childhood vaccinations at any time.
Dr Rummens does most of the minor surgery in the practice, mainly on Monday mornings in term-time.
Suitable problems include sebaceous cysts, skin tags, in-growing toenails and moles. If you are uncertain about your problem, then please see the nurses or Dr Rummens for advice before booking an appointment.
Please note that we accept referrals from other practices in our locality- they should be addressed to Dr Rummens.
The nurses and Dr Rummens offer liquid nitrogen treatment for suitable skin lesions like for warts and verrucas.
Travel Advice & Vaccinations
The nurses are able to help with all aspects of travel medicine, in a routine booked appointment. We access the latest advice and recommendations that are tailored to the areas you are visiting.
We stock the full range of vaccines including rabies & yellow fever and we stock mefloquine at lower than pharmacy prices. Please see us to start your vaccinations in plenty of time - at least three months before you travel.
Please make an appointment with the doctor of your choice as early as possible - ideally before you become pregnant, to discuss issues around pregnancy and to start folic acid pre-conception (this minimises the chance of having a baby with spina bifida.)
We have a midwife attached to the practice who is available on Tuesday afternoons. The midwife is based at Harborne Medical practice in Harborne and can be contacted on 0121 427 2511 or 627 2660.
The Robert Bolton Exam Centre
We run this facility on behalf of the University of Birmingham and it is available to all students who need medical supervision during an exam, but only after assessment by a doctor and with the agreement of the Exams Office and the relevant academic department
Private Services provided by other Clinicians in the Practice*
Dr Abhi Pal is the principal of The University Dental Practice that is located in the same building as the Medical Practice but is otherwise completely independent. Students are usually able to register as NHS patients for dental care.
To contact the UDP phone 0121 687 8882
Sarah Duncton offers treatment sessions within the surgery throughout the week, including some evenings, but only by prior arrangement. She specialises in sports injuries. For further details visit physioart.co.uk. She can be contacted directly for an appointment or advice on 0121 687 3079.
Hua Shen provides acupunture on a Friday afternoon. Please phone reception for details.
* These services are not provided by the University Medical Practice but by independent practitioners and are private and a fee is payable - they are not available on the NHS.
If you require any vaccinations relating to foreign travel you need to make an appointment with the practice nurse to discuss your travel arrangements. This will include which countries and areas within countries that you are visiting to determine what vaccinations are required.
There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below
It is important to make this initial appointment as early as possible - at least 6 weeks before you travel - as a second appointment will be required with the practice nurse to actually receive the vaccinations. These vaccines have to be ordered as they are not a stock vaccine. Your second appointment needs to be at least 2 weeks before you travel to allow the vaccines to work.
Some travel vaccines are ordered on a private prescription and these incur a charge over and above the normal prescription charge. This is because not all travel vaccinations are included in the services provided by the NHS.
Travel Health Questionnaire
To help us offer the appropriate advice, please fill out and print the form below before coming to see the nurse.
Travelling in Europe
If you are travelling to Europe a very useful booklet has been published with advice and guidance to help you get the most out of your holiday. To visit please click:- http://ec.europa.eu/publications/booklets/eu_glance/86/en.pdf (this is a large document and may take a minute or two to view)
Some services provided are not covered under our contract with the NHS and therefore attract charges. Examples include the following:
We are also happy to offer pre-employment, Camp America, JET and other medicals, usually at 12:00 each day. The cost is outlined in our list of charges.
Please note that we are not able to offer well-person medicals as part of our NHS service as they are very time consuming and would lead to fewer appointments being available. They are available out of hours on a private basis however if you would like one.
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.
The Counselling and Well-being Service ("CAWS") is provided by the University and is located in the Aston Webb Building on Main Campus. The counselling service is fully independent of the medical practice but we are in close contact in individual cases if this is clinically necessary. The counsellors are experienced in dealing with a wide range of psychological problems particularly exam stress and depression usually in a one-one setting.
Any student of Birmingham University may 'self refer' for counselling services by filling in a brief self-referral form at the CAWS reception. Students may also be referred by their tutor or GP.
An initial appointment is sent to students within 48 hours of completion of their self-referral form. This appointment is always the first available appointment and is usually within seven days from time of referral though at peak times it may be longer. The maximum wait for an appointment is fourteen days.
A rota system ensures that there is a counsellor on consultation duty during normal service hours to respond to students requiring urgent assistance. These crisis management appointments are brief and allow for either immediate action e.g. referral to medical personnel or follow up by a routine counselling appointment.
The service is free, fully confidential and open access but is only available to any registered student of Birmingham University.
The practice also has access to a counsellor via the "Healthy Minds" scheme provided by the NHS - it is free but you need to have your NHS number to contact the service.
These are available only AFTER seeing your doctor, and where a drug is required for a prolonged period allow prescriptions to be issued without a further appointment being necessary . (This does not apply to the contraceptive pill where a blood pressure check is necessary every 12 months.)
You are able to request prescriptions in person from the receptionists, or by sending a fax or letter (in each case the prescription will be ready for collection the next day) - if you give us a SAE, then we will return the prescription ASAP: this is particularly useful if you are away from Birmingham e.g. in vacations. Please try to use the re-order slip (which is printed on the right hand side of the prescription) as this helps ensure system safety and accuracy.
A regular review with the doctor will be necessary and will be indicated on your prescription - usually this is between every 6 and 12 months.
For consistency we try to make most repeat prescriptions last for 2 months treatment.
We have an arrangement with several local pharmacies in Selly Oak, Five Ways and Harborne enabling repeat prescriptions to be ordered directly from them, without you needing to contact the surgery. Your medication will be available for collection 1-2 working days after the request. This service is free and all you need to do is to take your re-order slip to the pharmacy of your choice and enquire about this service. Please note that if a medication review is due then the pharmacy will not be able to obtain your prescription and they will ask you to book an appointment with your usual doctor.
For more information see our repeat prescription advice
You can register to order your repeat medications on-line - details are on the On-Line page.
We are pleased to be able to offer these services via our computer system supplier SystemOne.
SystemOne provide an encrypted, secure connection direct to the surgery, so you can be confident that any information that you send us will remain confidential.
Pre-register with the Practice
Change your address
Order repeat medication
Book appointments up to 2 weeks ahead (note that book on the day appointments are not available on-line.)
Please note that you ideally need to visit the surgery to be issued with a PIN number in order to access these services: please bring photo ID with you. The doctors and nurses can issue details of how to register including log-on details, during a consultation. Note that we need to have a current e-mail address for you.
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