Phlebotomy (Blood taking), Blood Pressure & ECG Clinics
Phlebotomy Clinics are daily Monday to Friday (Barton Surgery on a Tuesday morning) by Maureen and Sophie. Clinics are run in the morning as the samples are collected and transported to the lab at the JR in time for them to be processed.
Our Healthcare Assistants also do blood pressure checks and offer smoking cessation advice in the above clinics, and they also run a weekly ECG clinic.
If you have your own blood pressure machine, and prefer to take your own readings at home, we are happy to use these readings to save you a visit to the nurse. Please discuss this with your doctor.
Child Phlebotomy Services
Kirsty Edmunds, our minor illness nurse is happy to take blood samples from children. Please ask reception for an appointment.
Alternatively if you would like to make an appointment at the JR for a child under 5 years of age, please call 01865 231111 or 234036 to make an appointment.
JR Hospital Phlebotomy Service
This service is no longer available for adult patients at the JR hospital and patients requesting tests will be turned away. So if you require any tests, please make an appointment at the surgery.
Fasting Glucose or Cholesterol Blood Tests
If your doctor or nurse informs you that you need a Glucose or Cholesterol blood test, you are required to fast beforehand.
Fasting means nothing to eat or drink after 10.30pm the previous day except water, unless told otherwise.
Our Midwives run an Antenatal clinic twice a week. There is also a weekly Antenatal clinic in Barton, our Branch surgery.
Patient Information regarding antenatal and post-natal care:
Specific antenatal information is given when a pregnant patient presents for the first time. As soon as you know you are pregnant, please make an appointment to see your doctor. They will then arrange a dating scan and refer you on to the midwives attached to the practice, and the obstetricians at the hospital if necessary. Information about screening in pregnancy and other health advice is available.
According to NICE (National Institute of Clinical Excellence) Guidelines, you will have an hour appointment with the midwife at 9/10 weeks gestation. At this appointment the midwives will be doing various bookings and blood tests. The doctor will also give you an information pack.
Midwives have clinics at the practice twice a week on a Monday and Tuesday. If you call with concerns or problems and the midwives are not at the practice, reception will ask you to call the hospital (you should have the telephone number in your notes). The number is 01865 221696.
After your baby is born, the midwives will see you at home initially. After that any help you need will be provided by the Health Visitors. An 8 week baby check is recommended by your doctor and a 6 week check for mums postnatally.
Dr Melissa Holden and Dr Andrew Collins perform Minor Surgery. Clinics are run on a weekly basis. Patients must see a doctor before being booked into a minor surgery clinic.
We all know that smoking is one of the most destructive things we can do to our health. However, it is never too late, or too early, to quit smoking.
Smoking causes many diseases including lung cancer, bronchitis and emphysema and heart disease.
Susan McCrae is our lead Practitioner on smoking cessation, although all of our practice nurses can offer smoking cessation advice. If you would like help with stopping smoking, please make an appointment in our Smoking Cessation Clinic by visiting or telephoning our reception team. If you are seeing one of our practice nurses for the first time to discuss stopping smoking please book a 20 minute appointment. Thereafter smoking cessation support appointments are 10 minutes.
You can find additional information on the benefits of quitting smoking and advice on how to stop on the NHS Choices website.
All of our doctors and nurses can give you expert contraceptive advice including oral contraception and depot (injectable) contraceptive preparations. Condoms are available free of charge from the practice nurse.
We are currently unable to offer routine coil (intrauterine contraceptive device or IUCD) fittings here at the surgery. If you would like to consider this as a form of contraception please contact the Sexual Health Clinic at the Churchill hospital on 01865 231231.
We are unable to fit emergency coils at the surgery. To check or remove your coil - please ask for a 10 minute routine appointment with Lesley Haxworth.
Lesley Haxworth is trained to do these. Please book a 20 minute appointment for an insertion.
- To check your implant please book a 10 minute routine appointment.
- To remove your implant please book a 20 minute routine appointment.
These can also be fitted. Please book a 20 minute routine appointment with a doctor.
Cervical Screening (Smears)
Cervical screening is offered to all women between 25 and 65 years of age.
This procedure is carried out by any of our specially trained practice nurses. Please book a 10 minute routine appointment.
We operate a call and recall system for all our female patients between the age of 25 and 65 - you will be sent regular follow-up appointments to attend for cervical screening. If you have not had a smear within the last 3 years please ask for an appointment. You will receive written notification of your smear result, usually within 8 weeks of the test.
Health Visitor - Child Health Care Clinic
Our Health visitors run a child health care clinic on a Monday afternoon 2.00pm - 3.30pm.
They also hold a drop in clinic at the Roundabout Family Centre, Barton on a Thursday 11.30am - 12.30pm.
All of the above are walk in clinics - you do not need to book an appointment.
Carers Advice Sessions
Carers Oxfordshire hold a Carers advice session on the forth Thursday of every month between 2pm and 5pm at Barton Surgery, Carers worker (Wendy Meldrum) will be holding the monthly carers clinic. The clinics will cover advice about what help there is available to carers, benefits, carers grants, respite, breaks, day care, support for carers, carers rights, etc
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Free NHS Health Checks
Helping you prevent heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease.
The National NHS Health Check programme aims to help prevent heart disease, stroke, diabetes, kidney disease and certain types of dementia. Everyone between the ages of 40 and 74, who has not already been diagnosed with one of these conditions or have certain risk factors, will be invited (once every five years) to have a check to assess their risk of heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, diabetes and some forms of dementia and will be given support and advice to help them reduce or manage that risk. If you are outside the age range and concerned about your health, you should contact your GP.
Why do I need an NHS Health Check?
We know that your risk of developing heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and kidney disease increases with age. There are also certain things that will put you at even greater risk.
- being overweight
- lack of exercise
- high blood pressure
- high cholesterol
What happens at the check?
This check is to assess your risk of developing heart disease, type 2 diabetes, kidney disease and stroke.
- The check will take about 15 minutes
- You'll be asked some simple questions. For example, about your family history and any medication you are currently taking.
- We'll record your height, weight, age, sex and ethnicity.
- We'll take your blood pressure
- We'll do a simple blood test to check your cholesterol level
What happens after the check?
- We will discuss how we can support you to reduce your risk and stay healthy
- All patients will receive a personalised letter detailing their results
- Some people may need to have further blood tests to check for type 2 diabetes
- Treatment or medication may be prescribed to maintain your health.
Questions you may have:
Why do I need this check? I feel fine!
The NHS Health Check helps to identify potential risks early. By having this check and following the advice of your health professional, you improve your chances of living a healthier life.
But don't these conditions run in the family?
If you do have a history of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes or kidney disease in your family then you may be at more risk. Taking action now can help you to prevent the onset of these condtions
I know what I'm doing wrong, how can the doctor/nurse help me?
If you would like help, we will work with you to find ways to reach your healthy weight, take more exercise or stop smoking. You may be prescribed medication to help lower your risk.
If I am assessed as being at "low risk", does this mean I won't develop these conditions?
It is impossible to say that someone will or won't go on to develop one of these conditions. But taking action now can help you lower your potential risk.
Will everyone have this check?
This check is part of a new national scheme to help prevent the onset of these health problems. Everyone between the ages of 40 & 74 who has not been diagnosed with the conditions mentioned will be invited for a check once every five years. If you are outside the age range and concerned about your health, you should contact your GP.
For more information visit www.nhs.uk/nhshealthcheck
National Chlamydia Screening Programme (NCSP)
Are you 15—24? Have you been tested for the love bug?
1 in 14 young people are already infected with Chlamydia...
And most don’t know it! Ask reception for a test—It’s free and confidential.
For more information visit http://www.chlamydiascreening.nhs.uk/ or http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Chlamydia/Pages/Introduction.aspx
Chlamydia is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the UK.
It’s passed on from one person to another through unprotected sex (sex without a condom).
In 2012, 206,912 people tested positive for chlamydia in England. 64% of people diagnosed with chlamydia were under 25 years old.
Most people who have chlamydia don’t notice any symptoms, and so don't know they have it. Research suggests that 50% of men and 70-80% of women don't get symptoms at all with a chlamydia infection.
Symptoms of chlamydia could be pain when you urinate (pee), unusual discharge from the penis, vagina or rectum or, in women, bleeding between periods or after sex.
Getting tested for chlamydia
Testing for chlamydia is done with a urine test or a swab test. You don't always have to have a physical examination by a nurse or doctor.
Anyone can get a free and confidential chlamydia test at a sexual health clinic, a GUM (genitourinary medicine) clinic or a GP surgery.
Chlamydia is easily treated with antibiotics. You may be given a single dose, or a longer course of antibiotics to take for a week.
If chlamydia isn’t treated, the infection can sometimes spread to other parts of your body and lead to serious long-term health problems such as pelvic inflammatory disease and infertility (not being able to have children).
The National Chlamydia Screening Programme
Chlamydia is most common in people under 25 years old, although people of any age can get it. If you are under 25, you can get a free, confidential chlamydia test under the National Chlamydia Screening Programme (NCSP).
Some NCSP areas may also send chlamydia testing kits to you through the post. You can request these online.