Clinics & Services
HEALTH VISITOR SERVICE
There is a drop in clinic available by appointment on Wednesday mornings held in the memorial hall in Lambourn from 9.30 until 11.00. There you can have your baby weighed, or discuss any issues with Jenny Coppard (staff nurse) or Nichola Price (nursery nurse).You can contact the health visitor, Gaynor Ross or Sarah Edwards, by telephone on 01488 687812. There is an answer phone on this number which is checked regularly.
All babies are seen by the Doctor at 6-8 weeks. The health visitor will arrange to visit at home within 10 days of the birth and will do a development check in the surgery at 8 months and 2 years.
Your child will also be invited for a developmental check at 3 and a half years old by the Doctor.
These weekly clinics are committed to keeping our asthmatic patients at peak performance. Our specialist asthma nurse teaches about asthma and checks you are getting the best from your inhalers. To make an appointment ask at reception.
Sarah Styles and Nicki Simpkins, our practice nurses hold monthly clinics. All diabetics require routine check ups at least annually and many require more frequent review. The annual check up involves seeing the Podiatrist, Dietician, Specialist Nurse and GP. Screening for eye problems occurs annually in the autumn when a digital photograph is taken of the back of the eye by a specialist team that visit the surgery. We strongly recommend that you take the advantage of all screening tests.
Our practice nurses run a stop smoking clinic where they will offer support for anyone who wants to stop smoking. They can offer practical advice as well as nicotine replacement therapies. If you are interested in this service, To make an appointment, ask at reception.
Monthly clinics are provided by the Dietician at Hungerford Surgery. More urgent problems can be seen in the Dietetics Department in West Berkshire Community Hospital Newbury. The Dietician offers advice on all aspects specialist diets and some medical problems. Referral is via your GP or Practice Nurse.
FAMILY PLANNING (CONTRACEPTION)
The Practice Nurses and Doctors provide full family planning services including the ‘morning after pill’, the contraceptive pill, Caps, Coils, Implants, and injections.
We are able to undertake a wide range of minor surgical procedures in the surgery. These include removal of various skin lesion, treatment of warts and injection of certain joints.
We recommend the following national immunisation schedule: Please make an appointment with the practice nurse.
- 2 months 1st DTaP/IPV/Hib [a single combined injection] + 1st Pneumoccocal (PCV) [given at the same time]
- 3 months 2nd DTaP/IPV/Hib + 1st Meningitis C
- 4 months 3rd DTaP/IPV/Hib + 2nd Meningitis C + 2nd PCV
- 12 months HIB Men C
- 13 Months MMR + 3rd PCV
- 3 to 5 yrs DTaP/IPV [a single combined injection] + MMR 2nd injection [We usually give the DTaP/IPV at 3 ½ and MMR at 4 ½]
- 13 to 18 yrs Td/IPV [single injection given at school aged 14]
Information about immunisations:
- DTaP protects against diphtheria,tetanus and pertussis [whooping cough]
- IPV protects against polio
- Hib protects against Haemophilus influenzae
- Men C protects against Meningitis C
- MMR protects against measles, mumps and rubella
- Td protects adolescents and adults against tetanus and diphtheria
Influenza (flu) is a highly infectious disease caused by the influenza virus. The virus attacks the respiratory tract (ear, nose and throat). The virus is mainly spread by droplets in the air produced by coughing or sneezing. The incubation period of symptoms is between one to three days.
Although most people recover from flu within a week, for some people the infection is more serious and leads to complications. The groups of people particular at risk from the flu are people aged 65yrs and over and people of any age with a chronic medical condition, particularly chronic chest and heart problems. The currently available flu vaccine gives 70-80% protection against infection.
We provide flu vaccination every autumn to all our patients in the at risk groups and have a very high uptake. If you require further information please seek advice from your doctor, practice nurse or health visitor.
FITNESS FOR WORK CERTIFICATES
If you are off work with an acute illness You only require a certificate from your doctor after 7 continuous days absence. After 3 days absence you will need to do a self-certification note, which is available from your employer, the post office or the reception at the surgery.
If you are off work more than 7 days then you will need to see your doctor to obtain a certificate. If you are off work with a long term illness your doctor will arrange further certificates with you.