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Improving access to general practice: Evening and weekend appointments now available

Patients who are registered at this practice can book an appointment to see a GP or nurse on weekday evenings via the Havering HUB (after 6.30pm) or at the weekends via the HUB and the North Street clinicians (on Saturday and Sunday).

Appointments will either take place at this practice or at another NHS setting nearby. Talk to the practice receptionist to find out more or book an appointment.

By March 2019 everyone in England will benefit from access to general practice appointments in the evenings and weekends at a time that is most convenient to them. This is part of a national drive to help improve access to general practice and get the best possible outcomes for patients. Further information is available at

Text Message iPlato Appointment Reminders

By popular demand North Street are soon bringing back our text message appointment reminder service 📲
Remember to update your mobile number at the surgery or via our website.
You'll be able to receive reminders, cancel appointments, and receive feedback from your doctor on test results.

Shingles vaccination: eligibility

The national shingles immunisation programme is recommended of people age d70 to 79, but is introduced in phases.

Vaccination is currently being offered to those age: 70, 71, 72, 73, 78, 79

People who are in their seventies but not yet eligible for vaccination, will be offered vaccination in future years under the national programme. People under 70 will be eligible for the shingles vaccination from their seventieth birthday. People aged 80 and over are nor part of the national programme because the vaccine seems to be less effective in this age group.

CCG Letter - Prescribing Changes July 2017 

Changes are being introduced to what we will be able to prescribe. See our guide to the changes from the local prescribing guidelines - What your GP can prescribe on the NHS:

So that we can protect funding for the most essential NHS services for local people – things like emergency and cancer care – maternity and mental health services, your local NHS has stopped funding and prescribing some medicines and procedures.

Your GP can no longer give you an NHS prescription for:

  • Gluten-free products – e.g. bread 

  • Medicines for dental conditions – e.g. mouthwashes, toothpastes 

  • Head lice and/or scabies medication 

  • Muscle rub creams such as Deep Heat and Tiger balm 

  • Omega 3 and other fish oil supplements 

  • Multivitamin supplements 

  • Eye vitamin supplements 

  • Colic remedies for babies 

  • Cough and cold remedies 

  • Paracetamol and ibuprofen (except in solution for children if appropriate) 

  • Soya-based formula milk 

Travel vaccinations 
- Your GP can no longer provide these travel jabs on the NHS: Hepatitis A and B combined, hepatitis B, meningococcal meningitis, Japanese encephalitis, rabies, tick-borne encephalitis, TB, yellow fever. 

Read the full guidelines and changes here from Barking and Dagenham, Redbridge and Havering clinical commissioning groups 

Phase 2 -  08/01/2016

Changes to prescribing and other services

In order to protect funding our most essential health services - things like cancer care, emergency care, life threatening conditions and mental health services - GPs across Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge are making further changes to prescribing and other NHS services. From January 2018 we will be: 

  • Stopping prescribing over the counter sleeping tablets, sunscreens, anti-malarial medicines
  • Stopping certain ‘non-essential’ procedures
  • Restricting who is eligible for cataract surgery and podiatry.

A full breakdown of the proposals and what was approved is attached and is also now available on our websites:

Unfortunately, no change is not an option, and it’s up to us – with the public’s help - to get the local NHS onto a secure and sustainable footing to make sure we can maintain those vital services for you and your families.

We know some of these decisions won’t be popular, but we have to look at where we can save money so we can protect priority, lifesaving services for all.

Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge Clinical Commissioning Groups

Please contact the CCG directly for any complaints or comments you may have:

Online Patient Access

With our Upgrade to EMIS Health we also updated our patient online services to Patient Access

Enabling patients to book appointments, order repeat prescriptions and view their medical record online. It provides a 24-hour online service that gives patients more flexibility and saves time for practices.

Existing registered patients have all been emailed details on making the switch. Patients who have provided email addresses at registration have all also been contacted recently with details of this great service. Click here to register or login

Ashton patients registering for Patient Access will need to put in RM1 4QJ (the practice postcode) and not their own postcode to find North Street Medical Care, but please put in your own postcode when adding your address details later in the registration process.

Free WiFi

Our patients can now benefit from free complementary WiFi at our North Street and Chadwell Heath branches. We aim to have no delays, but if there is, we hope this helps pass a little time. Enjoy 📱📶

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