Clinics & Services
Some partners hold the Family Planning Certificate and offer a full range of family planning care (contraceptive pill, IUCDs, caps and injectable contraception). Emergency contraception is also available. Your initial appointment must be made with a doctor but subsequent appointments can be made with the practice nurse if you would like a repeat prescription. If you have a significant problem, such as wanting to change your pill, it would be more appropriate to see your doctor. Coils are fitted by Dr Van Stigt and Dr Koralage.
Emergency contraception is also available from your GP or our family planning nurse. Please remember that all our services are entirely confidential.
Cervical Smear Tests
Cervical smears should be done regularly from the ages of 25 to 65 and you will receive an invitation when this is due. All those aged 25-49 will be called every three years, and all those aged 50-64 will be called every five years. Please check with the practice nurse if you feel your appointment is overdue or you feel such examination is necessary when moving into the area. Patients are informed of their results in writing, with an appropriate explanation. If, however, you have not heard from us within three months of your test please contact the practice administrator.
Care During and After Pregnancy
If you are pregnant we recommend booking to see your GP between six to eight weeks of pregnancy (dating back to the first day of your last period). Antenatal patients are seen by the doctor and midwife by appointment during normal surgery time throughout their pregnancy. Following baby’s birth, care is given in the home by the midwife and health visitor. All mothers are offered a six week postnatal check and family planning advice from their doctor.
Child Health Promotion Clinics
Regular developmental checks for the under fives are undertaken by the doctors and health visitors and vaccination clinics are held by the practice nurses. It is important that all children undergo these checks and are fully immunised against childhood diseases.
Tuesday - 11.00 to 12.30
Doctor: Eight week and pre-school developmental reviews
Practice nurse: Routine immunisations
No drop-in clinic, you will be fitted into our regular surgery with the nurse and the doctor if needed.
Further well baby drop in clinics are held by the Health Visitors at the local Tesco every Tuesday (Lakeview Drive, Bicester). They are:
Well Baby Health Visitor Drop In - 9.30 to 11.30. Self-Weight/General Advice. No need to book.
Baby Lunchbox - 11.30 to 13.00. Advice on feeding/Specialist breastfeeding support and advice. No need to book.
Early Days Postnatal Sessions - Three week course. Babies must be aged between 6-16 weeks old when starting the course. Booking is essential.
Introducing Solids - For babies over 16 weeks old. Hour long session held once a month. Booking is essential.
Child health clinics are for well children only. If your child is unwell, you will need to make an appointment to see your doctor during normal surgery.
Bookings and all queries call 01869 247526.
The Department of Health recommends that children should receive two doses of the MMR vaccine: one at 13 months and a booster at three and a half to five years.
Over 500 million doses of MMR have been used in over 90 countries around the world since the early 1970s. The World Health Organisation recognises MMR as a highly effective vaccine with an outstanding safety record; a fact that is endorsed by all the major health organisations in the UK. There is no evidence to support a link between autism, inflammatory bowel disease and the MMR vaccine. The use of single vaccines in place of the MMR puts children and their families at increased risk; the combined vaccine is safer as it reduces the risk of children being infected by the diseases while waiting for full immunisation cover.
We would encourage any parent with concerns regarding the MMR vaccine to discuss it with their GP, health visitor or practice nurse.
All partners perform minor surgery. This should first be discussed with your doctor during a normal appointment.
Advice and all travel immunisations, including Yellow Fever, are available from the practice nurse - however only Yellow Fever is available at the Langford surgery. Ideally travel immunisation appointments will be made at least six weeks before and preferably three months, before you intend to travel. More information and an online questionnaire are available on the above Travel Vaccinations tab.
Influenza and Pneumococcal Injections
Our practice nurses run flu clinics during October. Injections are recommended for those over 65 or with chronic medical conditions. At-risk patients are also invited to have a pneumococcal vaccination.
Disease Management Clinics
All doctors and nurses are available for lifestyle advice and health promotion. We have dedicated nurse/doctor-led clinics for diabetes, as well as nurse-led clinics for coronary heart disease, stroke, hypertension, asthma, COPD and epilepsy. Practice nurses are trained as smoking-cessation advisers and give help and support to those quitting smoking and advice on the use of nicotine replacement therapy. Weight management is a priority for the practice and all nurses can provide support for patients on a weight loss programme.
Dr Ward holds a diabetic clinic every Thursday; this is either at Langford or Victoria House - she alternates between the two sites. We also have our practice nurses Helen, Paula and Sam who hold clinics during the week. Finally, we have our Diabetic Specialist Nurse Katie Hards (née Seal) who comes to Langford one Saturday morning a month - this clinic is ideal for commuters and those that cannot come during the week.
The practice has limited access to an on-site counsellor to whom referrals for very specific problems may be made.
Musculoskeletal Specialist Physiotherapy
We are offering registered patients a Musculoskeletal Specialist Physiotherapy service. The service allows those who have skeletal, soft tissue or nerve related conditions to seek an advanced Physiotherapy clinician triage appointment to gain a therapeutic diagnosis, understand the condition, be sign posted to the right service at the right time and gain a brief insight into self -management programs to ease the problem and start the road to recovery and better skeletal health.
The service offers 20 minute appointments and is available as an adult service only.
Visiting consultants hold clinics in Bicester and we are able to refer patients to the following specialities: paediatrics, ENT, obstetrics and gynaecology, general surgery, ophthalmology and dermatology.