Langford Medical PracticeTel: 01869 248585
Ambrosden SurgeryTel: 01869 256336
Victoria House SurgeryTel: 01869 248585
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you require any vaccinations relating to foreign travel you need to make an appointment with the practice nurse to discuss your travel arrangements. This will include which countries and areas within countries that you are visiting to determine what vaccinations are required. Please complete and return a travel form to the receptionist, ideally at least eight weeks before you travel. The practice nurses use these forms to advise you on necessary travel advice including immunisations or medications you may need.
Alchester Medical Group Pre-Travel Questionnaire
There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below:
It is important to make this initial appointment as early as possible - at least 6 weeks before you travel - as a second appointment will be required with the practice nurse to actually receive the vaccinations. These vaccines have to be ordered as they are not a stock vaccine. Your second appointment needs to be at least 2 weeks before you travel to allow the vaccines to work.
Some travel vaccines are ordered on a private prescription and these incur a charge over and above the normal prescription charge. This is because not all travel vaccinations are included in the services provided by the NHS. Our fees are here.
Travel Advice Booklet
Have a look at our travel advice booklet, full of useful information to read before you go.
Alchester Medical Group Travel Advice Booklet
Travelling in Europe
If you are travelling to Europe the EU has published useful information for travellers on the European website.
Medical examinations for special purposes, e.g. HGV/PSV driver, pre-employment, fitness for sports, fitness to travel, insurance medicals etc. can be arranged outside normal surgery times. A fee, as recommended by the British Medical Association, is payable for these examinations.
Our current list of fees are here.
Dr Van Stigt offers injectable anti-wrinkle treatments at this private, non-NHS clinic. Open to all!
Following 16 years in the Royal Air Force, Dr J R Jones entered General Practice in Bicester and continued his aviation practice initially at RAF Brize Norton and then took over the AME post at Oxford Airport in 1999. He has worked closely with the staff and students at Oxford Airport since that time. Dr Jones now holds a clinic at Langford Medical Practice in Bicester on a weekly basis.
For more information visit www.pilotmedicals.co.uk
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