White Horse Medical PracticeFaringdon Medical CentreVolunteer Way, FaringdonOxfordshire, SN7 7YUTel: 01367 242388Opening times: 08:00-18:30Weekdays only, Tel: 01367 242388
We are now able to offer appointments at weekends and evenings. For more about this service, click here
Dementia Oxfordshire are providing FREE dementia awareness and support sessions for family, friends, neighbours and colleagues caring for people with dementia around Oxfordshire on an ongoing basis. More details can be found here
There is a fantastic walking group, which meets on Wednesdays. Details can be found here
It is important that all patients with asthma should have regular check-ups so that their condition can be monitored and their treatment adjusted if necessary. The doctors are always available to help you but we also offer an asthma clinic run by our nurses who have both experience and qualifications in asthma care. You will receive a letter when your asthma check is due.
For patients who are due an annual asthma review.
Please would you answer the questions on the form below and submit it to us.
If your symptoms are deteriorating or you have any concerns, please make an appointment to the respiratory nurse or a doctor as well.
Open the Asthma Annual Review Form (This will be seen by a nurse and you will be contacted within 7 days if you need an appointment)
If you are having trouble with your asthma but do not think you need an appointment in the surgery, we can often give you advice on the phone. You can either book a telephone consultation with one of our doctors, or else speak to one of our nurses in the clinic.
For more information visit Asthma UK website.
More information: www.nhs.uk/conditions/asthma/Pages/Introduction.aspx
The child immunisation clinic on a Wednesday afternoon and a Friday morning. The clinic is run by a practice nurse. Details of this will be given to new mothers by the health visitor. For more information on children's immunisations click here.
You will receive a letter when your child's immunisations are due.
We offer a comprehensive family planning service. Our nurses are trained and experienced in family planning procedures. We can provide advice and information on all methods of contraception including the prescription of the oral contraceptive pill, contraceptive injections, as well as the fitting of coils and diaphragms.
Sometimes contraceptive advice can be given by phone and please feel free to book a telephone consultation with a nurse if you think that is appropriate.
Emergency contraception can prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex or if your contraceptive method has failed, for example a condom has split or you've missed a pill. There are two types:
If you need emergency contraception then please make this clear to the receptionist as we will then arrange to see you on the day you contact us. The school nurse at the local senior school provides a limited contraceptive service to younger people.
More information: www.nhs.uk/Conditions/contraception-guide/Pages/emergency-contraception.aspx
For more information visit the Family Planning Association website. The Family Planning service is free and strictly confidential.
If you believe you have a build up of ear wax, there are a number of different types of ear drops to use before ear irrigation is necessary. Please click here for a advice about a build up of ear wax.
Ear drops MUST be used for a minimum of two weeks before Ear Irrigation is attempted at the Practice. Irrigating the ear with water will usually clear plugs of earwax. But, it often only works if the plug of earwax has been softened.
If you have been using ear drops for two weeks with no change to your symptoms, you can book an appointment with one of our practice nurses for Ear Irrigation.
We invite all our patients to attend our diabetic clinic at least annually. This gives you the chance to discuss any problems you have with your diabetes as well as receiving a thorough check-up of your circulation, blood pressure, feet (including seeing the podiatrist if necessary), and reviewing your recent blood tests. You will receive a letter when your diabetic check is due.
We are also part of the local scheme for digital photography of the eye to help check for any eye problems and you will receive your annual invitation directly from ODESP (Oxford Diabetic Eye Screening Programme).
If you believe you are pregnant, make an appointment to see your GP . From then you will be referred to the midwifery service.
The Midwives can be contacted directly on 01865 904 832
Although our midwives employed by John Radcliffe hospital/Oxfordshire Health, you can still choose to deliver at the Great Western Hospital and be seen by them in Faringdon on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. A midwife will contact you to arrange a first appointment at about 10/12 weeks and explain what will happen. At this time you can elect to go to Oxford, Swindon or Wantage (unless it's a 1st child) for delivery.
Following the birth, a midwife will visit you within a day or two of your return from hospital. After then a Health visitor will be your main point of contact.
A good source of advice on the internet is the site run by the Royal College of General Practitioners called Emma’s Diary.
Patients can now be seen directly by an optometrist for minor eye conditions. Please click here for more information about this service and how to book.
Oxford Eye Hospital provides a walk-in service for urgent eye symptoms. Open Monday – Friday 8.30am – 4.00pm, Weekends and Bank Holidays 8.30am – 3.00pm.
Only very minor injuries such as small cuts and splinters can be treated at the Health Centre. Those with wounds that need to be stitched must go to Witney or Abingdon Minor Injuries Unit.
Limited types of minor surgery are carried out at the Practice. A range of injections to hips/knees/shoulders and heels can be given by the GPs and they can remove cysts and in-growing nails. Abscesses can also be drained.
Your GP will normally refer you for physiotherapy if they feel that it is appropriate. Physiotherapy by self-referral is only available after discussion with your GP.
You may find the following self-help booklets of use (provided by the Oxford University Hospital Trust)
Increasing your activity levels with back pain
Clavicle fracture recovery
Knee ligament damage/sprain recovery
The physiotherapists can be contacted on 01367 245415.
Podiatry referrals are available for certain problems, such as ingrowing toenails, biomechanic issues and if the patient is at high risk of foot problems due to an underlying illness such as diabetes. Your GP will normally refer you for podiatry if they feel that it is appropriate.
The podiatrists can be contacted on 01367 245419.
If you are over 50, you will be invited, (through the NHS screening programme) to have a mammogram every 3 years. The age range is being extended, on a randomised basis, to cover 47 to 73 year olds.
All women aged between 25 and 64 are invited for cervical screening. Women aged between 25 and 49 are invited for testing every three years, and women aged between 50 and 64 are invited every five years. Your invitation will come through the NHS screening programme. Information can be found on www.cancerscreening.nhs.uk/. You can contact your GP practice to book a screening appointment if you are overdue one.
The surgery offers free NHS health checks. This is a national scheme to help prevent the onset of strokes, heart and kidney disease and diabetes.Everyone aged between 40 and 74 who has not already been diagnosed with these conditions will be invited for a check once every 5 years.The check takes only 20 - 30 mins. We write to patients inviting them to attend. Please make an appointment for your health check when you receive the invitation.
An Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a weakening and expansion of the aorta, the main blood vessel in the body. Approx 6,000 people in England and Wales die from a ruptured aorta.Men aged 65 and over can make an appointment for AAA screening by calling 01865 572636 (have your NHS number ready) for an appointment at our surgery. This is held once a month. Screening involves an ultrasound and takes around 10 minutes.
There are four possible results:
If you are planning a trip abroad and require travel vaccinations make an appointment with the practice nurse.
Travel Health Questionnaire
To help us offer the appropriate advice, please fill out the online form before coming to see the nurse.
You will need to have an initial consultation to decide what injections are required. The nurse will then ask you to make another appointment at a future date, so that they have time to check your vaccination history and order any immunisations required.
To check what you will need and when please visit the Fit for Travel website. This site provides useful guidance on many health matters that may arise when you are abroad.We produce a Travel Leaflet with useful advice and information which you can download here.
The following travel vaccinations are not available under the NHS, and our charges are as follows:
Hepatitis BBlood testing is advised to test immunity(see non NHS fees)
£90.00 for a course of 3
Paediatric Hepatitis B
£49.50 for a course of 3
£139.50 for a course of 2
Tick borne encephalitis
£154.50 for a course of 3
Junior Tick borne encephalitis
£40.32 per jab
£183.00 for a course of 3
The following vaccinations are available under the NHS and are free:
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.
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