Long Furlong Medical Centre45 Loyd CloseAbingdon, Oxon, OX14 1XRTel: 01235 522379
Staff News: Congratulations to Claire Austin-Archer (our HCA) who gave birth to a healthy baby girl on 28 August.
Talking Space Plus is available for our patients who are aged 18 years + in Abingdon. The service is provided by Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust in Partnership with Principal Medical Limited (PML) and Oxfordshire Mind. The talking treatments that we offer are effective, and are recommended by National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines.
TalkingSpace Plus offers you the chance to help yourself to cope with life’s ups and downs, feel better and learn your own strategies for keeping well.
TalkingSpace Plus is for anyone struggling to cope with anxiety and depression. Take that first step.
Patients are able to self refer to the service. For more information visit their website http://talkingspaceplus.org.uk/contact-us/
The Abingdon Bridge offers advice, guidance and emotional support for stress, relationships, personal safety, drug and alcohol advice and healthy lifestyles.
For more information visit their website: www.theabingdonbridge.org.uk/
Child Health / Baby Clinic: Health Visitors are attached to this practice but their offices are in town. Their work is concerned with the families of the practice patients, in particular with children up to the age of five years old. They are available Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm on 01235 526584.
Please note that Baby Clinics are no longer held at the surgery but at the Abingdon Community Well Child Clinics which are held at the following venues:
Wednesday: Sutton Courtenay Village Hall 10:00 am - 11:00 amThursday: Kennington Health Centre 9:00am -11:00 amFriday: Malthouse Surgery, Abingdon ’ 12:30 pm -14:00 pm
Child Immunisation Programme: If your child is due his / her immunisations please phone reception to book an appointment with the nurse.
Please note: if pre school immunisations are due your child will need an appointment with the doctor and nurse. Please phone reception to arrange this.
Pre-School Checks: Please contact reception for an appointment.Minor Surgery: Please contact reception for an appointment.Family Planning: Consultations during normal surgery times. Coils and implants are by appointment. Please contact reception.Maternity Medical Services: Antenatal clinics by appointment with the doctors or midwife – book at reception. Please let the receptionist know if you are arranging your ante-natal appointment with your GP as it requires a longer appointment.Stopping Smoking: Advice and support is provided for patients who wish to stop smoking. Please ask at reception for an appointment with one of the advisers.Medical Examinations: Medical examinations not covered by the NHS are by arrangement with the doctors (e.g Life Assurance, Pre-Employment, HGV and Taxi Licence, Sports). The tariff for these services is displayed in reception. Appointments are held outside of normal surgery times and may be booked with the Medical Secretary by phoning 01235 522379.
Sexual Health Clinic: Wednesday's 3:30-5:30 pm. The clinics, provided by Dr Sherrard's team from the Churchill Hospital, operate in various locations across Oxfordshire and offer a walk in and appointment only service. The clinics can be contacted from one central number on 01865 231231.
For more information about the services they provide - please visit their website: www.sexualhealthoxfordshire.nhs.uk
Test Results: The doctor, nurse or phlebotomist will be able to tell you at the time of your consultation when your results are expected to be available. It is possible to have access to test results using our online service, alternatively you are able to phone the receptionists for your results between 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm.
Please note: our receptionists are unable to give detailed information on your results but they will provide you with the information that has been noted on your record by the doctor. If you have any concerns and would like to discuss your results in more detail please ask for a doctor or nurse to call you back. Alternatively you may wish to make an appointment with your GP or nurse.
More information on understanding blood results can be found at http://labtestsonline.org.uk/ This website provides information on blood results which is written with patients in mind.
For information about having a blood test at the surgery, please follow the link to our patient leaflet. Fasting_Blood_Tests_Dec_13.pdf
For more inform
Our Practice Nurses, Alison Plaistow, Becky Collins and Cate Wilkinson, are able to provide travel advice and a general travel assessment for those patients who are travelling abroad to a single destination. All patients who are booking for travel advice and vaccinations will be asked to complete a Risk Assessment form which must be returned to the nurses at least 5 working days prior to their appointment. The form can be downloaded here: Travel Risk Assessment Form or can be emailed or posted to you on request. Please contact reception to arrange your appointment.
The following vaccines are available without charge:
The nurses are also able to administer Hepatitis B for travel purposes but this is chargeable. Prices are subject to change and will be advised of the current fee before attending your appointment.
Please telephone reception to arrange your appointment: 01235 522379
If you would like telephone advice prior to arranging your appointment please phone reception but we recommend that you visit the website Pro Travel Health (below) as this provides comprehensive information including vaccines needed for your chosen destination.
Unfortunately we are unable to provide a vaccination service for patients who are visiting multiple destinations, but our nurses will be able to give advice on the appropriate vaccinations for the areas of travel and advise you how to receive your immunisation. To check which vaccinations you need for your travels visit: https://www.protravelinc.com/ or www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk
All vaccines listed below and Hepatitis B can be provided by Travel Clinics e.g. Boots in Oxford, Manor Hospital Oxford, Abingdon Surgery:
A fee will be charged by Private Travel Clinics for the consultation and the vaccinations although these rates may vary.
To ensure that you allow sufficient time for your immunity to develop before travelling please arrange your consultations at least:
If anti-malaria tablets are required for your journey, you will be informed during your consultation. Most chemists can supply these without a prescription.
Please note anti-malaria tablets are not available on the NHS and you will be charged the retail price by the pharmacy.
A copy of this information can be down loaded by following the link: Travel Vaccinations
Travel Vaccination Service
Due to revised regulations introduced by the Passport Office, GPs are no longer able to countersign passports unless they have known the applicant personally for at least two years (for example as a friend, neighbour or colleague and should not be someone who just knows the applicant professionally).
NHS Direct: Offers free expert health information and advice 24 hours a day on 0845 4647 or at their website, www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk which also offers an enquiry service. How your local Pharmacist can help: Ask your pharmacist for advice about choosing the right medicines for common ailments e.g. coughs, colds, sore throats, flu-like illnesses, stomach ache and indigestion, insect bites & stings, cystitis etc.Ask for advice about staying healthy Be sure to tell your pharmacist if you are taking other medicines—some medicines are not compatible. Accident and Emergency Depts: The Minor Injury Unit at Abingdon Hospital, Marcham Road, Abingdon is open 10am – 10:30pm daily. Staff there are able to treat: minor bumps to the head, sprains, broken bones, fractures and dislocated fingers, minor burns, cuts and bruises, nose bleeds, bites and stings – (unless infected then to be seen by GP), simple ear, nose and eye complaints such as removal of splinters or foreign bodies.. When the Minor Injury Unit is closed the nearest emergency department is the John Radcliffe Hospital in Headington, Oxford. Tel: 01865 741166 If you, or someone else experiences severe chest pain or, severe loss of blood or difficulty in breathing dial 999
Choose Well follow the link for a simple guide or choosing the right service. Choose Well Guide
We provide some services which are outside our NHS work and therefore attract charges based on the British Medical Association's (BMA) scale. This includes:
Please contact the secretary to arrange medical examinations; she will advise you of our fees at the time of booking your appointment.
Taxi / HGV and driving medicals: Please arrange a sight test with an optician and ask the optician to complete that section of the form before booking your medical at the surgery.
Passport Forms - Due to revised regulations introduced by the Passport Office, GPs are no longer able to countersign passports unless they have known the applicant personally for at least two years (for example as a friend, neighbour or colleague and should not be someone who just knows the applicant professionally).
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