Total Triage System

Since Wednesday 10 January 2024, we are operating a total triage system, where every request for a GP appointment is triaged by our GP team. To request a doctors appointment we are asking all our patients to use an online form where possible. If you find it difficult to use a computer or a smartphone, you can telephone our reception on 020 8669 6186 or attend in person and our receptionists will fill out the form on your behalf. Our reception staff are not able to book an appointment with a GP directly.

MMR and Measles

Since the introduction of the measles vaccine in 1968 it is estimated that 20 million measles cases and 4,500 deaths have been prevented in the UK.

Measles is highly contagious and can lead to complications such as ear infections, pneumonia, and inflammation of the brain which require hospitalisation and on rare occasions can lead to long term disability or death.

Spending 15 minutes or more in direct contact with someone infected with measles is enough to catch the infection. People whose immunity is compromised, pregnant women and unvaccinated children are at increased risk of severe disease.

Measles symptoms to be aware of include:

— high fever
— sore, red, watery eyes
— coughing
— aching and feeling generally unwell
— a blotchy red brown rash, which usually appears after the initial symptoms.

Anyone with symptoms that could be measles is advised to stay at home and phone their GP or NHS 111 for advice, rather than visiting the surgery or A&E. This is because measles spreads very quickly and easily and so it is important to try and prevent the illness spreading further.

People who have symptoms should also especially try to stay away from areas where you could come into contact with vulnerable people such as schools, nurseries or care homes.

The free MMR vaccine is a safe and effective way of protecting against measles, as well as mumps and rubella.

Find out more about measles

Find out more about the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine

How to stay safe during a measles outbreak