Clinics & Services
Many types of minor operation are available in the surgery. These include the removal of moles and other skin lesions, cryotherapy (freezing treatment usually used for warts), injections of joints and surrounding structures (for tennis elbow, frozen shoulder, etc.) and incision of abscesses.
The midwives and doctors share a programme of regular checks on women who are pregnant, or who have recently given birth.
As soon as you know you are pregnant, make a routine (not emergency) appointment to see your doctor. You will then be asked to see the midwife for a ‘booking’ at 7-8 weeks (from your last period) and must be before 12 weeks.
The 18-week check is with the GP and subsequent checks alternate with the midwife. At each check they will test your urine for sugar and protein, do a blood pressure and check on your baby, as well as deal with any questions or problems you may have.
Please remember to bring a urine sample to each antenatal check and, if you are seeing the doctor, make sure you tell the receptionist when you book the appointment that it is for an antenatal check (antenatal are given longer appointments, and different records have to be given to the doctor).
After your baby is born, the midwife will see you both regularly for the first two weeks, and then hand over your care to your health visitor. At about 8 weeks after delivery you should see the doctor for a postnatal check and your baby’s child health check and first course of vaccinations. Please bring your red book to this appointment.
Again, when booking this appointment, make sure you tell the receptionist it is for a postnatal check – The appointment has to be at least 30 minutes long.
The Diabetes Clinic is run by one of our practice nurses. All diabetics over the age of 16 years are invited to attend,
When attending the clinic, please bring a specimen of your urine.
Our practice nurses have had special training in the care of people with asthma and will be happy to see you.
Heart Disease, Strokes and Blocked Arteries
All patients with the above diseases are invited to attend. The clinic focuses on tackling risk factors (obesity, smoking, cholesterol) and in making sure any drug treatment is optimal.
This clinic is designed to encourage weight loss and management through dietary advice and regular weighing.
Blood tests arranged by your GP can be carried out in the surgery or at the Royal Berkshire Hospital. The walk-in service is available at the Practice on Monday, Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday mornings, between 9.00am and 11.00am.
You should arrive at the surgery no later than 11.00am. If you have been advised that it is a Fasting Blood Test, you should not eat for 12 hours prior to the test, although you may drink a small amount of plain water only.
If you are taking any medication for your heart, you should take this as usual. All other medication should not be taken as it might affect the test.
The cervix is the lower part of the womb, often called the neck of the womb. Cancer of the cervix may be caused by a virus. It is very rare in women that have not been sexually active.
Moderate or severe dyskaryosis is unlikely to return to normal by itself, though it is still unlikely that you have cancer. You will need to have a colposcopy.
Services for Children
We offer a full range of children’s health services including baby checks, child health checks and immunisations.
All babies have a routine check within the first couple of days of birth by the hospital doctors (or, in the case of a home delivery, by the GP). In addition, they are seen at 8 weeks of age by the GP for a second general examination, before they have their first immunisations.
New-born babies are checked by the midwife during their first 2 weeks of life, and after this the health visitors continue monitoring the baby’s development and providing support to the family.
Children’s Health Checks
The doctors and health visitors run a programme of regular developmental assessments on all under-fives (the over-fives are monitored by the School Health Service). Your child’s Health Record (the Red Book) has full details on these checks.
We encourage all children and young people to complete a full course of immunisation. The first immunisations start when your baby is 8 weeks old. Normally, Appointments for Childhood Immunisations are sent out automatically by the local Primary Care Trust, and the vaccines are administered by our practice nurses. You will also be invited to attend to have your child vaccinated once children start school.
Serious diseases that could be fatal or disabling in various ways have disappeared from our country and to a large extent this is due to the immunisation programme.
Many people alive now will not have had any experience of these diseases, and it is easy to forget what life used to be like when children were dying of diphtheria or were paralysed by polio.
Your GP’s surgery, local health centre, or baby clinic will send you an appointment when your baby’s vaccination is due. It is important that your baby has their vaccinations as near to two, three and four months of age as possible, to keep the risk of them catching these diseases as low as possible. Premature babies should also be vaccinated from two months after birth, regardless of how premature they were.
Health record book
Your child’s health record book forms the only complete record of their childhood vaccinations.
It’s not just children that need immunisations, adults need to keep theirs up to date as well.
The following are common immunisations that adults should consider. Everybody needs to make sure they keep their tetanus up to date, and certain groups of people need some of the others as well.
We offer the full range of travel vaccinations, including Yellow Fever, and our nursing staff are always happy to advise on the requirements for your trip. They will also advise on malaria prevention, and other health issues which may be relevant to your journey.
Please note that you should attend for travel vaccinations at least 8 weeks in advance for immunity to develop.
Some vaccinations will require boosters before you travel, so please always consult the nurse at the earliest opportunity after you have planned your journey.
We offer the full range of contraceptive methods, including contraceptive injections, the ‘pill’ (combined oral contraceptive), the ‘mini-pill’ (progesterone-only oral contraceptive), coils (including the new hormonal coil, or intra-uterine system), emergency contraception, barrier methods and advice/referral for sterilisation.
We are also very happy to provide contraceptive services and advice to teenagers.
The same rules of confidentiality apply to teenagers, as with adults – in other words, if a you wish a medical consultation to be secret from your parents, the doctor or nurse has to respect this wish.
Also, you do not have to tell the reception staff why you wish to see us.