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.
Emergency contraception is also available from your GP or our family planning nurse. Please remember that all our services are entirely confidential.
Oxfordshire Sexual Health Service
Oxfordshire Sexual Health Service hold a walk-in clinic at our Victoria House Surgery every Tuesday, 3.00pm to 6.00pm.
Visit their website to find out more about their service and what you can use their community walk-in clinics for, here: https://www.sexualhealthoxfordshire.nhs.uk/
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. You can read all about child vaccinations, why your child should have them, what the schedule is, and all the other questions you might have - at the Oxford Vaccine Knowledge Project (a really very useful website).
Tuesday - 11.00 to 12.30 - drop in clinic, first come first serve (please be aware if the clinic gets too full you may be turned away - you will be able to rebook for another time or you can come to the next drop-in clinic)
Doctor: Eight week review
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 various locations around Bicester. They are:
Well Baby Health Visitor Drop In - TESCO Superstore, Community Room, Lakeview Drive, Bicester OX26 1DE. 9.30 to 11.00, every other Tuesday. AND: St. John's Church, The Broadway, Kidlington, OX5 1DD, 10.30 to 11.30, every other Friday. Self-Weight/General Advice. No need to book. You can find the dates of the clinics on the Health Visitors FB page: @OxfordshireHealthVisitors
Breastfeeding Support - OYAP Trust, The Old St Edburg's School, Cemetry Road, Bicester OX26 6BB. 10.30 to 12.00, every Monday (except Bank Holidays). 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. You can also read about the MMR vaccine on the Oxford Vaccine Knowledge Project website (a great resource that will answer all your questions).
Smoking Cessation Support
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:
- Bicester Library, OX26 6WD
Mondays, 10.00 - 16.00
Every other Saturday, 10.00 - 16.00
- Banbury Town Centre, Outside HMV, OX16 9AL
Tuesdays, 10.00 - 17.00
Fridays, 09.30 - 13.00
- Kidlington Library, OX5 2BP
Wednesdays, 09.30 - 12.30
- Here for Health Centre, Outpatients, JR Hospital, OX3 9DU
Thursday and Friday, 12.00 - 17.00
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 a questionnaire are available on the above Travel Vaccinations tab.
Influenza and Pneumococcal Injections
Our practice nurses run flu clinics during the winter months, starting in September (depending on vaccine availability). 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. 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.
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.
Musculoskeletal Self-Refer Service
Healthshare Oxfordshire offer a self-refer service for patients with aches, pains and problems with muscles, bones and joints, including backs and necks.
To access this service, you can visit their website: Healthshare Oxfordshire
Visiting consultants hold clinics in Bicester and we are able to refer patients to these services.
Unfortunately it is no longer possible for us to maintain this service at Alchester Medical Group. We have continued offering a very small number of ear syringing appointments each week, even though we are not funded to carry out such a service. With our equipment for this service now in need of replacement, we have had to decide that we can no longer sustain ear syringing.
Most other practices stopped offering this service quite some time ago and their patients are already using one of the providers we have listed below, who will charge a fee.
We are sorry if you are disappointed but these providers usually offer a quick and convenient ear syringing service using some of the most up to date equipment available.
Tripp Hearing: http://www.tripphearing.co.uk/
James Hearing: https://www.jameshearing.co.uk/wax-removal-clinic-oxford
Or, for self-help, visit the NHS website: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/earwax-build-up/
Health and Care Oxfordshire App
The ‘Health and Care Oxfordshire’ app helps people choose and access the right local NHS service such as pharmacies, GPs or minor injuries units when they feel unwell or need advice. The app also points people to the support provided by adult social care.
Download the app below: