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Welcome to Falcon Road Medical Centre

We are a long established NHS medical practice in the heart of North Battersea close to Clapham Junction station. We provide a professional and family friendly service to our patients in modern and well equipped premises. The surgery is situated at ground floor level with easy wheelchair access.

We offer the very best care to our patients at all times with highly skilled medical professionals and friendly helpful reception staff.

Most of our doctors, nurses and receptionists live locally and have worked in the practice for over 10 years.

We pride ourselves on providing continuity of care and getting to know our patients and their families well.

Tablets for fear of flying: why we don’t prescribe them any more.

People sometimes ask the doctor or nurse to prescribe diazepam, or similar drugs like lorazepam temazepam or clonazepam, for fear of flying or to help sleep during flights.

Prescribing these drugs is not recommended any more for these reasons:

  • Although plane emergencies are rare, taking Diazepam reduces awareness and reaction times for patients so you risk not being able to react to save your life if you have to escape quickly. You may also put other people in danger by getting in their way or making them help you.
  • The use of these drugs can make you sleep in an unnaturally deep sleep. This means you won’t move around as much as during natural sleep so you have a bigger risk of getting a blood clot (Deep Vein Thrombosis – DVT) in the leg or lungs. Blood clots are very dangerous and can kill. This risk is bigger if your flight is longer than 4 hours.
  • They have short term bad effects on memory, co-ordination, concentration and reaction times, and are addictive if used for a long time, with withdrawal leading to fits, hallucinations, agitation and confusion. They have also become widely used drugs of abuse since they first came on the market. Diazepam in the UK is a controlled drug. The prescribing guidelines doctors have to follow say that that use to treat short-term ‘mild’ anxiety is inappropriate. They are only to be used short term for a ‘crisis in generalised anxiety’. But if you are having such a crisis you are not likely to be fit to fly. Fear of flying in isolation is not a generalised anxiety disorder.
  • Some people get agitated and aggressive after taking diazepam and similar drugs, and behave in a way that they would not normally, which can pose a risk on the plane. This affects everyone’s safety and could get you into trouble with the law. A similar effect can be seen with alcohol, which has led to people being removed from flights.
  • There is evidence use of these drugs stops the normal adjustment response that would gradually lessen anxiety over time, and may increase anxiety in the long term, especially if used repeatedly.
  • Diazepam and similar controlled drugs are illegal in a number of countriesi. They may be confiscated or you may find yourself in trouble with the police.
  • Diazepam stays in your system for some time. If your job or sport needs you to have random drug testing you may fail this having taken diazepam.
  • It is important to tell your travel insurer about your medical conditions and medications you take. If not, there is a risk of your insurer not paying if you try to make a claim.

So we will no longer be providing Diazepam or similar drugs for flight anxiety. Instead please try one of these aviation industry recommended flight anxiety courses.

Fly And Be Calm™
Fly And Be Calm™ is an instant download and comes with a money back guarantee (Guarantee does not apply to app versions).6 MP3 tracks which include instructions, the fear removal tool and two hypnotic tracks. The least expensive option, takes very little time, works on the root cause of your problem. If you are not 100% happy you can get a full refund.

Dr Rosie Savage

Senior GP Partner Dr Rosie Savage will be retiring on 30th September 2022

COVID UPDATE - 24.02.2022

FACE COVERINGS ARE STILL REQUIRED IN HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE PREMISES

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NHS Cervical Screening Programme

The Falcon Road Medical Centre has been selected to take part in an important study to test the use of self-sampling in the NHS Cervical Screening Programme in England. Self-sampling is a new method that is being considered for the NHS Cervical Screening Programme; this test can be completed at home and if implemented in the programme could increase access to screening for many people.

Before self-sampling can be offered as part of routine screening, it needs to be tested to ensure that the results are as accurate as the results from a sample taken by a doctor or nurse.

HPValidate is a study that is being led by Public Health England which will compare self-taken samples with samples taken by a doctor or nurse. This will help the NHS Cervical Screening Programme to decide what device/s could be used for HPV self-sampling in the future.

Over the next few weeks The Falcon Road Medical Centre will be inviting patients who are due for routine cervical screening (smear test) to take part in this study; participants will be asked to use one of the self-tests before having their sample taken by the doctor or nurse. If you receive an invitation letter with information about the study please talk to your doctor or nurse when you come in for your appointment and they will be able to provide you with further information.

NHS Digital has issued a Data Provision Notice for Planning and Research

This means we are required to share your information with them unless you tell us not to. To opt out complete the form before 23rd June 2021

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Self-management App

Please click here and select which condition you would like access to e.g. lower back, back and leg or neck pain. We will send you an email with all the information on how to get started.

The App is provided free as part of your care in Wandsworth. It will provide you with:

  • Easily accessible, targeted and personalised self-management information to help you day by day, and step by step
  • Exercises based on your stage of recovery
  • Direct booking of local treatments such as physiotherapy and well-being services within Wandsworth
  • Reassurance and support to self-manage
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Key information for patients about the coronavirus vaccine

Thank you for all your enquiries about the covid-19 vaccine. Falcon Road Medical Centre is working together with other Battersea practices to set up a Battersea Covid vaccination site at the Junction Health Centre. This is a huge project, but we are hoping that vaccinations will start in early January.

As you may be aware, from the news and government announcements, the vaccine is in limited supply and it will be offered to patients in high risk/priority groups first.

We will contact the relevant patient groups to book appointments as soon as we are able to. You do not need to contact us.

We are sure that you will appreciate that we are working very hard on this at present, and we thank you for your patience.

We will keep our website updated as we receive more details from NHS England.

In the meantime, more information about the Covid vaccine can be found here: https://www.swlstg.nhs.uk/

Over 70 and not vaccinated?

We have invited all our patients who are over 70 or Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV) for a COVID-19 vaccination. If you are over 70 or in the CEV group and have not heard from us you can now book your vaccination in two ways.

Please either contact us and let us have your up to date contact details so that we can arrange an appointment for your vaccination, or alternatively to book your vaccination at another location you can now book by visiting www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or ringing 119 free. You no longer need a letter.

Advice for parents during coronavirus

Dear Parent/Carer We hope your child is well.  We know you want to keep them safe.  We want to reassure you that you can and should contact your GP if you have concerns about your child being unwell despite the disruption being caused by the Covid 19 pandemic. Coronavirus is unlikely to make your child seriously unwell but other illnesses or undertreating chronic problems can.  You should not delay in contacting your GP if you have concerns about your child's health.  Please trust your instincts and call your GP if you are worried.  Please call 999 in any life threatening emergency. Together we can keep your children well. The Falcon Rd Medical Centre.

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