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 Bicester Children & Family Centre, every Tuesday (Launton Road, Bicester). They are:
Well Baby Health Visitor Drop In - 9.30 to 11.00. Self-Weight/General Advice. No need to book.
Breast Feeding Support Drop-in - held every Monday (at Bicester Children & Family Centre, Launton Road Bicester):
Baby Lunchbox - 10.30 to 12.00. Advice on feeding/Specialist breastfeeding support and advice. No need to book. No weighing available at this drop-in session.
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.
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.
For support to quit smoking, you can contact Smoke Free Life Oxfordshire.
They offer support in the community that is easy to access and you don't have to book an appointment.
You can drop in and see one of their approachable, fully trained advisors whenever you want, at their clinics across Oxfordshire.
They offer free, weekly one to one or group sessions over 12 weeks, as well as a free weekly supply of Nicotine Replacement Therapy.
Their clinics are within local community settings including, shopping centres, community centres and worship places.
Local SmokeFreeLife Oxfordshire Clinics:
Monday - Saturday, 09.00 - 17.00
Sunday, 10.00 - 15.00
Tel: 07760 883261
Thursdays, 09.00 - 17.30
Thursday and Friday, 12.00 - 17.00
Wednesday, 12.00 - 17.30
To find out more, visit their website: https://www.smokefreelifeoxfordshire.co.uk/ or phone: 0800 246 1072 or 01865 238 036. You can also email them, at: email@example.com.
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.
The practice has limited access to an on-site counsellor to whom referrals for very specific problems may be made.
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.
These are our Diabetic-only clinics, so you can find a time to suit you for your annual or 6 month reviews:
Sam Fincham, practice nurse. 14.00 - 15.30, at Langford
Shirley Hemshall, practice nurse. 13.00 - 16.45, at Victoria House
Shirley Hemshall, practice nurse. 9.30 - 11.15, at Victoria House
and 15.45 - 17.15, at Victoria House
Dr Mandy Ward, alternative weeks at Langford and Victoria House:
9.00 - 10.00, 10.30 - 11.30, 14.00 - 16.40
Sam Fincham, practice nurse. 9.15 - 10.45, at Langford
Shirley Hemshall, practice nurse. 9.30 - 11.45, at Victoria House
and 15.45 - 16.45, at Victoria House
You should have a diabetic foot check at least once a year here at the GP surgery (even if you are seen by OCDEM at the hospital).
Diabetes can affect the blood supply to the feet and can also lead to reduced sensation.
By having your feet checked regularly, early changes can be detected and managed appropriately.
Once a year you will be invited to attend for a diabetic eye check. This is a national screening programme offered to all patients with diabetes aged 12 years and over. The delicate small blood vessels at the back of the eye can become damaged if you have diabetes and so detecting early changes can help prevent further complications.
You will be asked to provide a morning urine sample every 12 months. The sample is sent off to look for protein in the urine.
Protein in the urine can be the first sign that indicates the blood supply to the kidneys is being compromised which in diabetes can lead to further complications if not treated early.
In diabetes, the target blood pressure is slightly lower and that is because a higher blood pressure can potentially damage the smaller more vulnerable blood vessels in the body, for example, in the eyes, the kidneys, and the feet.
Did you know you can check your own blood pressure in the waiting room? Be sure to give the result to one of our receptionists so we can record it on your record for monitoring.
We know that in diabetes the level of blood glucose in the body can fluctuate. The aim is to keep it within a healthy range avoiding hypoglycaemia (too low) and hyperglycaemia (too high).
Abnormal blood glucose levels can damage the blood vessels in the body, including those that supply the heart, the brain, the eyes, the kidneys, and the feet.
At your diabetic review we can discuss ways in which you can adopt a healthy eating pattern combined with keeping active.
If weight loss is a goal, then there are a number of programmes within the Oxfordshire area that have been designed to help patients lose weight and lead a more active lifestyle.
Please visit: www.achieveoxfordshire.org.uk
above, created by Alchester Medical Group April 2018
To read more about how having diabetes can affect your driving, please visit the DVLA/Gov website here: https://www.gov.uk/diabetes-driving
The National Diabetes Prevention Programme (NDPP) is a programme that is designed to help patients with pre-diabetes.
The main aim to help you make lifestyle changes so that you don't get Type 2 diabetes in the future - this includes advice and support about healthy eating, losing weight, physical activity programmes, and managing your general wellbeing.
The service is free and there are local programmes available.
To see if you qualify for the programme, visit the website here: https://preventing-diabetes.co.uk/are-you-at-risk/ where you can get more information about the different kind of risk factors for Type 2 diabetes. You'll also have to have a blood test so speak to our receptionists to arrange a bloods test with one of our HCA's.
After that, if you qualify, you can speak to your GP about getting referred.
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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