Clinics and Services

Childhood Immunisations

Our Practice Nurses give immunisations to children aged between 8 weeks and 3 years 4 months.

Cervical Smear Tests

Between the ages of 25 and 65 we advise our female patients to have regular smear tests every 3 or 5 years, depending on age. This simple test can detect changes in the cervix (neck of the womb) that can sometimes lead to cancer if left untreated.

Fortunately, if changes are detected treatment is nearly always simple and effective. Smears may have to be repeated either for technical reasons or because of minor changes which frequently return to normal. Smear tests are performed by our Practice Nurses.

Contraception

All the Doctors provide contraceptive advice within their normal appointments, as do our Practice Nurses. Coils and implants can be fitted and changed in the surgery after consultation with a Doctor.

Emergency Contraception

If you think you may be at risk of pregnancy, please contact the surgery as soon as possible. Emergency contraceptive pills can be taken up to 72 hours after unprotected intercourse but are more likely to be effective the sooner they are used.

After 72 hours a coil can sometimes be used. Some chemists are able to sell emergency contraceptive pills without a Doctor’s prescription. At weekends please contact the out of hours service.

Pre-conception counselling

If you are planning a baby you are welcome to make a telephone appointment with our Doctors who can advise on folic acid supplements and discuss your lifestyle.

Midwife

For midwife appointments please phone the Maternity Appointments Line :
0118 322 8965 – Option 1 – Monday to Friday 8.00am – 6.00pm

Minor Surgery

A variety of minor surgical procedures can be performed within the practice. Your Doctor will advise you whether your condition can be treated at the surgery.

Diabetic Clinic

Our diabetic patients are regularly reviewed in the diabetic clinic. The aim is to monitor and co-ordinate the care of diabetes and protect against associated complications. You will be written to when your annual diabetic review is due.

Asthma & COPD Clinics

Review of asthma & COPD care is undertaken by our Advanced Nurse Practitioner and our Practice Nurses.

Travel Vaccinations

If you are planning a holiday abroad, you should check with us at least 8 weeks before you travel so that we can make the necessary immunisation arrangements.

Other Services

Interpreting Service

We can provide this service through Reading Borough Council and ask that patients give us 7-10 days notice.

Chaperones

If you would prefer to have a chaperone present during an intimate examination, please tell the Doctor. You can either bring a friend or we will ask a member of the clinical team to be present. You may need to rebook your appointment if a chaperone is unavailable.

Online Services

Online appointment booking service.

Register for online booking by filling in this form and bringing it to the surgery, along with a valid form of photo ID. We will then be able to generate a validation code and you can create an account with which you can book, change and cancel GP appointments online.

Community Navigator Scheme

The Community Navigator scheme is a free sign posting service linking people to sources of support in the community.

Navigators are all volunteers who have time to talk to patients and explore options of help and support.

e.g. Mrs A referred by GP for loneliness and isolation was signposted to the local Befriending scheme and Age UK. Mrs A is now visited once a week and taken out shopping.

Mrs B needed support for her son with learning disabilities who had lost his job. She was signposted to the Number One Club and Mencap for support.

If you would like to make an appointment to talk to a Navigator please ring 01344 304404.