Dr Akbar Hillside Bridge Health Centre4 Butler Street WestBradford, BD3 0BSTel: 01274 033888
Benefit & Employment Clinic
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. The practice will ask you for a £20 deposit per person when booking your initial appointment. If no vaccinations are required we will give you this deposit back.
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 the online form before coming to see the nurse.
Travelling in Europe
If you are travelling to Europe the EU has published useful information for travellers on the European website.
Some services provided are not covered under our contract with the NHS and therefore attract charges. Examples include the following:
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.
If you have already seen a doctor and have been advised to take time off work or feel that you may need an extension, please click on the form below and either bring it to the reception desk or fax it to us. We do not guarantee that the doctor will issue another sick note. It will be processed with either a renewal or suitable instructions from the medical team within 7 days of the request.
If you are sick for more than seven days, your employer can ask you to give them some form of medical evidence to support payment of SSP (statutory sick pay).
It is up to your employer to decide whether you are incapable of work. A medical certificate, now called a 'Statement of Fitness for Work’ (see below) from your doctor is strong evidence that you are sick and would normally be accepted, unless there is evidence to prove otherwise.
You could also provide evidence from someone who is not a medical practitioner, e.g. a dentist. Your employer will decide whether or not this evidence is acceptable. If your employer has any doubts, they may still ask for a medical certificate from your GP.
The 'fit note' was introduced on 6 April 2010. With your employer's support, the note will help you return to work sooner by providing more information about the effects of your illness or injury.
For more information see the DirectGov website (where this information was sourced)
The practice is now able to offer patients access to our Social Prescriber.
Our Social Prescriber runs a clinic once a week and can help with all sorts of problems, that can impact on your physical health.
These include debt management, legal services, mental wellbeing, carer’s support, benefits advice, housing, routes to employment, domestic violence, and befriending.
TOGETHER YOU WILL BE ABLE TO:
THE WELLBEING PRESCRIBER IS:
Someone to talk to confidentially, who is practical and helpful and who will not judge you. Who can help you decide what you’d like to do to feel healthier. Help find you activities that will suit you and, if you want, who can go along with you to them to start with so that you don’t have to go on your own. Can advise you on how to arrange appointments with medical services at times that suit you. Someone who can give you support along the way. Healthy lifestyles and active lives. Arts, music, outdoors and creativity. Befriending, counselling and other support groups. Housing, benefits and financial support and advice. Employment, training and volunteering. Education and learning. Getting involved in local groups and activities. Accessing specialist services and support Participating practices - Social Prescribing is a new service and your GP practice is one of the first to start offering it. We welcome your feedback. Please speak to any of the Practice staff.
If you feel this could benefit you, please speak to the team at reception to make an appointment.
Here are some links that patients may find helpful.
Online Multilingual Help Guides and Audio Files:
The NHS Choices website has specific information for the South Asian community on diet, health and lifestyle.
This organisation has various information to create a sustainable health and care economy that supports people to be healthy, well and independent.
A number of information leaflets have been developed to explain about a range of common well-being issues. The leaflets explain what the condition is, what the causes could be and what symptoms or signs are associated with it. You can download them here for free. Also available in eight different languages
This organisation has information in over 20 different languages, covering areas such as depression, anxiety, phobias, cognitive behavioural therapy and sleeping advice.
The Eatwell plate is a policy tool that defines the Governments recommendations on healthy diets. It makes healthy eating easier to understand by giving a visual representation of the types and proportions of foods needed for a healthy and well balanced diet.
A simple guide to stressing less and enjoying life more, contains some practical ways for you to start dealing with stress right now and to stop it building up in future.
32 page booklet it is designed to sit easily in different settings; mosques, community centres or GP surgeries. By outlining emotional and mental health needs in an Islamic context, it also supports health and social care professionals to work more effectively with Muslims and Muslim communities.
Aims to promote economic & community development and to create an environment where people are able to live, work and play in harmony. BCA Bradford will play an active role in the development of Bangladeshi communities in Bradford 3. We provide advice services, translation & immigration advice, elderly drop-in/luncheon provision, computer classes, youth development activities. Address: Ventnor Hall, Ventnor Street, Bradford, BD3 9JP. Tel: 01274 747265
Day care activities for elderly people. Activities include light exercise classes, advice, meeting place, hot meal provision, outings, meeting other community groups at 2 venues. Contact: Mr B Mistry, Chairperson on 01274 815294. Venues are: 1. St. Wilfred Church, St.Wilfred Road, Bradford. BD7 2LU 2. Clayton Methodist Church, Clayton Lane, Bradford. BD14 6PA. http://amc.btck.co.uk
The main focus of our work is on: Education, training, skills development, health, employment, environment and social issues. Raising awareness of the special and cultural needs of BME communities in Bradford. Promotion of inclusiveness and cohesion between different communities. Contact: Chichester House, 10 Melbourne Place, Bradford, BD5 0JA. Tel: 01274 412444.
Provides sport and recreation facilities, community welfare services, male and female development facilities, training and meeting rooms, community hall hiring facilities, conference and function room hire, fitness and IT suites. Contact: Summerville Road, Bradford, West Yorkshire BD7 1PX. Tel: 01274 726612.
Seated exercise classes Monday and Tuesday 2pm-3pm. Day trips in summer, drop-in, benefits advice, employment advice information. Contact: 01274 521792, 36 Spencer Road, Bradford, BD7 2EU.
Address: 24 Howard Street, Bradford, BD5 0BP. Tel: 01274 740274
To empower the Asian community utilising the skills and talents of local people. Provides social day care for Asian adults, health awareness programme, educational classes and study support. Also provides advice on welfare benefits, immigration, employment rights and disabilities benefits; please make an appointment for these advice sessions. Meet at the Sangat Centre Monday -Friday 10am-4pm. Study support/ homework club every Saturday from 11am to 1pm. Also runs seated exercise classes Address: Marlborough Street, KEIGHLEY, BD21 3HU. Tel: 01535 610263 / 691413 http://www.sangatcentre.co.uk/
Seeks to empower and enable disabled people to lead their chosen lifestyle by providing appropriate services such as: person-centred outreach and advocacy, one-to-one support and welfare rights advice, help in education and employment, Independent Living Service. Address: Bradnet Noor House, 11 Bradford Lane, Laisterdyke, Bradford, BD3 8LP. Tel: 01274 224444. www.bradnet.org.uk
A Social Services (Adult Social Care) led initiative in partnership with Bradford and Airedale Teaching Primary Care Trust, Age Concern Bradford and Alzheimer’s Society Bradford. The team consists of a manager and two part-time staff who undertake a wide range of activities to reach out to and engage with older people who have dementia and their carer’s and families who need educating about the condition as well as the services available to help them. Address: Meri Yaadain Dementia Project, 214 Lumb Lane, Bradford, BD8 7SG. Tel: 01274 435190 or 01274 435 194. http://www.meriyaadain.co.uk/index.html
Have a variety of information leaflets in over 20 languages - www.diabetes.org.uk/languages Diabetes and fasting/Ramadan - http://www.diabetes.org.uk/MyLife-YoungAdults/Food-and-diet/Fasting-and-diabetes/ Healthy eating and diabetes - https://www.diabetes.org.uk/OnlineShop/Food-and-activity/Healthy-eating-for-the-South-Asian-Community/
Oasis offers safe, temporary, independent refuge-based and community-based accommodation for black/Asian/dual heritage women with children fleeing domestic violence or family abuse. We have eight dispersed properties in the Bradford area and also have a refuge that accommodates up to 8 families. We also offer floating support for families who wish to remain in their own homes. Contact: Oasis Enquiries, PO Box 617, BRADFORD, BD2 4YN Phone: 01274 634850
Staying Put supports women to stay in their own homes following domestic abuse as an alternative to hostel or refuge accommodation. Provides practical support including, panic alarms and lock changes. Access to children's services who do recovery work with children following domestic abuse and offering legal assistance about women's options + accompany women to court. Cultural support available for Asian women. Language support includes Urdu, Punjabi & Hindi. Access to perpetrator programme is available for abusive partners which aim to affect behaviour change. Contact: Mrs Yasmin Khan, PO Box 449, BRADFORD, BD1 2XB, Number: 01274 667104 www.stayingput.uk.net
The Healthy Lifestyles Project has been in existence since 2008. We have three simple principles: Reduce Isolation, Increase Exercise and Improve Diet. We help people to choose healthier options through giving advice, support, guidance and a range of activities including cook and eats, exercise, befriending and food growing. We also help develop smaller groups to deliver their own health initiatives Contact: Kammy Siddique, Tel: 01274 768066, email@example.com
Runs an elderly day care centre with help from Bradford Council and the Social Services. Meals to elderly members are provided twice a week, facilities for light exercise are available, also newspapers, magazines, books and TV for their entertainment. Centre is open 6 days a week 12-6pm Membership open to over 50s. Contact address: 1208-1210 Leeds Road, BRADFORD, BD3 8LJ, Tel: 01274 664652
The Naye Subah (or New Dawn) Project addresses the needs of Asian women experiencing mental health difficulties and their families and carers, living in the Bradford Metropolitan District. We aim to offer a range of groups including: Therapeutic, support and drop-in groups, Supported activity-based workshops, such as textiles, woodwork, painting, etc., Advice sessions, Emotional support and counselling, Educational classes, such as ESOL, sewing, arts and crafts Aromatherapy and massage, Information, outreach and advocacy. Contact: Naye Subah Project, Quaker Meeting House, Russell Street, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD5 0JB. Tel: 01274 307639 http://nayesubah.org.uk
We are a small women only charity located in the Voluntary and Community Sector, based in Saltaire, Shipley – our service is for all women aged 18+ who are experiencing mental ill-health/distress. We cover the Bradford and Airedale district, and take referrals from a range of health and social care organisations. Women cannot currently self-refer. We provide a time limited intervention (12 months) in order to promote recovery and independence. Groups such as Confidence Building, Assertiveness Training, Creative Groups, Exercise, Cook and Eat. Health Trainer appointments Signposting to other appropriate services, Summer Activities for Women and Children Contact: The Isis Project for Women and Children Ltd, Crown Buildings, John Street, Shipley, BD18 3HU. Phone 01274 532858 http://www.isisproject.co.uk
We run seven support groups for women from the BME community who suffer from mild to moderate and severe and enduring mental illness. We support women and girls of all ages, starting from the ages of 12yrs. As well as this; we offer one to one drop in support; form filling, support in partnership in Citizen Advice Bureau; carers support group, English classes; and are currently working to develope a domestic violence support group. Examples of activities include trips, arts & crafts, cooking and group discussion and aromatherapy. Contact: Najma Hussain, Social Inclusion Worker, 13 Scott Street, KEIGHLEY, BD21 2JH. Tel: 01535 691758. www.roshnighar.org.uk
Sharing Voices is a community mental health project. The project focused on engaging people with mental health issues from black and minority ethnic communities (BME) in articulating their perceptions and experiences of barriers to accessing employment and training. Sharing Voices (Bradford) have empowered individuals to establish self-help groups, increasing their social role and giving them a voice to say what they want and help others in similar situations. Address: Clifton House, Clifton Villas, BD8 7BY. Tel: 01274 731166. www.sharingvoices.org.uk
Create mild/moderate mental health awareness for South Asian women and girls in Bradford, thus building confidence, self-esteem and improving quality of life We aim to offer support and social gathering, awareness around mild/moderate mental health illnesses, to use various techniques to combat mental health illnesses, emotional support and many more activities. Referrals: self-refer, by health professionals, voluntary organisations, social services, schools Groups aimed at: South Asian women and girls (14+) in the Bradford district Address: 17-21 Chapel Street, Little Germany, Bradford, BD1 5DT. Tel: 01274 721540. www.sawhaa.org.uk
We have established ourselves to provide opportunities for recreation, educational and social activities for Asian ladies suffering from mental health issues. The focus is on the 40 years plus age group Contact: Highfield All Saints Church, Highfield Lane, Keighley, BD21 2DH
We aim to raise awareness and dispel ignorance of MS in the Asian community, put fun and dignity back into the lives of Asians with MS and their careers, raise money for people affected by MS from the Asian community. We also: provide a telephone support service for Asians with MS, their carers, friends and family, produce online and printed information in different languages, offer an interpreting service, run the 'Asian MS' forum. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.mssociety.org.uk/ms-support/support-groups/asian-ms
Drop in centre. Diabetes surgery, talks about dementia, organise day trips, regular walking and healthy lifestyle classes as well as some intergenerational work to break down barriers. Contact: 4 Ventnor Street, Bradford, BD3 8JZ Tel: 01274 740225. www.bradfordgurdwara.com/other-services
Provides advice, support and other assistance to Asian mothers/carers of visually impaired children. The group meets once per month at Womenzone, Hubert Street. It aims to build confidence and empower carers to be able to seek advice and put their views across to professionals involved in their children’s education, health etc. The group also provides an Arabic/Urdu Braille Club for visually impaired children 4 times per week where children learn Arabic braille, culture and mother tongue. Contact: Kulsoom Akhtar, 292 Rooley Lane, Bradford, BD5 8LB. Tel: 07717002369
Women Zone Community Centre enables women to: improve health and well-being, increase training and employment opportunities for improved economic conditions, raise self-confidence, self-esteem and social interaction skills, improve citizenship and social inclusion, support the development of positive, safe and stable circumstances and relationships, improve safety and well-being of their children, Women Zone Community Centre works to provide specialist women’s and children’s services and any woman can join us to support our work with women and children, in order to make a difference to their lives and well-being. Centre Facilities and Activities: Gym, Steam Room & Exercise Classes Computer & ICT Suite, Rooms for Hire, Education Classes, Creche and Health Events Contact: Womenzone, 19-21 Hubert Street, Bradford, BD3 9TE. Tel: 01274 665270 Website: www.womenzone.co.uk E-mail: email@example.com
Women's Voluntary Group activities: Monday 1.00 - 3.00pm - Social group and exercise class Thursday 1.00 - 3.00pm - Mother and toddler group Some examples of other activities are: Jewellery making, silk painting, summer trips, aromatherapy & beauty sessions, poetry readings, cultural events celebrations, social activities, exercise classes, weight watching sessions Address: The Mayfield Centre, Broadway off Manchester Road, Bradford, BD5 9NP. Tel: 01274 227580
Millan Centre is for women, girls and children living in Manningham and Heaton area of Bradford. The Centre runs various Adult Education courses such as ESOL, Mehndi, Sewing, Basic Literacy and Numeracy and IT. They run The Millan Centre's Over 50s Group has been running for about 15 years. It is the most successfully run group with up to 30 women attending each session. The group now runs a four hour session per week on a Wednesday. The session includes a exercise class and the ladies participate in various activities such as knitting, arts & crafts & safety sessions. Address: Victor Street, Bradford, BD9 4RA. Tel: 01274 480691. www.millan.org.uk
Asian support group for women from all communities with young children. Group also includes Bereaved Asian Families and also Shahida Hair and Beauty Salon, which provides self-care beauty therapies, body massage, Reiki, reflexology, relaxation techniques. Membership open. Contact: Ms Shahida Akhtar, 94 Nab Wood Drive, SHIPLEY, BD18 4EW. Tel: 01274 482955
Women only activities e.g. visiting local areas of interest, Museum, Library. Numeracy, Literacy and Arabic classes for young children. Extracurricular activities for young children over weekend. Contact: Mrs N Mirza, 102-104 Boldshay Street, BRADFORD, BD3 0AJ, Number: 07787 618140
Activities will include speakers, organising outings, watching DVD's, taking part in mild exercise sessions/walks and other therapeutic activities such as knitting, arts & crafts. Contact: Zaheef Care, 243 Manningham Lane, Bradford, BD8 7ER. Tel: 01274 483267
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Locala Sexual Health Centres offer:
Emergency Contraception (Morning after pill) is available in chemists and pharmacies across Bradford and Airedale as well as from Sexual Health services, the attached document/link shows you all participating locations where this can be obtained. If you are Under 25 this will be given to your Free of Charge. We recommend that you contact them before turning up, to ensure that the Pharmacist is on site, as if not they will not be able to give you it. The "plus" sites listed have a pharmacist available all the time so you should be able to access emergency contraception from them during their opening hours without having to call in advance. You can also visit your GP or any of the Locala Sexual Health drop in clinics to get it too.
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