Langford Medical PracticeTel: 01869 248585
Ambrosden SurgeryTel: 01869 248585
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.
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 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 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. 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).
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:
Mondays, 10.00 - 16.00
Every other Saturday, 10.00 - 16.00
Tuesdays, 10.00 - 17.00
Fridays, 09.30 - 13.00
Wednesdays, 09.30 - 12.30
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.
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.
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.
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 these services.
We are not funded for ear syringing and many surgeries do not offer this service. We do offer it because we think it is a worthwhile service to offer to our patients.
If you are unable to wait for an appointment to see one of our nurses who will be able to syringe your ear, then you can have it done privately - here are a few companies who offer the service:
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/
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:
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
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. 14.00 - 17.00, at Langford
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.
Oxford Health Community Type 2 Diabetes Team run a Diabetes Structure Education service - this is designed to support you in developing skills, knowledge and confidence so that you can take responsibility for decisions about managing your condition and live a healthy life. These are FREE to you if you have Type 2 Diabetes.
You can self-refer to this service, or you can ask your GP for a referral. To self-refer, just visit their website (below).
Their website is: Oxford Health Community Structured Education
Here is a leaflet they have produced that helps explains in more detail what the aims of the courses they run are: Your Guide to Diabetes Education
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
When you have completed and returned the Pre-Travel Questionnaire, if you have not received a message from the Practice Nurse regarding your travel assessment (within 7-10 days after returning your Questionnaire) please contact the surgery .
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
You can also find lots more advice on the Travel Health Pro website.
Travelling in Europe
If you are travelling to Europe the EU has published useful information for travellers on the European website.
Here are a range of leaflets and links that you might find useful - they have been produced by various different organisations.
Click on the blue links to take you to other websites
Click on the green links to download leaflets
How to make your trip to the GP easier
If you have a Learning Disability and are over 14 years old, you can have a yearly health check! Have a read of this leaflet and book an appointment with your GP.
If you need some medical help during the weekend or after 6:30pm when your GP surgery is closed, here is some information about NHS 111.
Here is some information about How to Stay Well this Winter ...
And this leaflet tells you just how important it is that you have your flu jab!
When it is hot - this leaflet will help you cope with a heatwave.
This website - A picture of health - has lots of leaflets on all kinds of different illnesses.
Finally, Oxford Health Learning Disability Service has a useful website full of great leaflets and information.
Under the General Data Protection Regulations (GPDR) introduced in May 2018, Alchester Medical Group is now required to have consent from all patients aged 14 to 16 years of age to access their online medical record (Patient Online or Patient Access).
If you have an online account with us, you need to fill in a new Patient Online patient access registration form declaring what type of access you would like going forward:
1. You can have your own access
2. You can give your parent/guardian permission to have access
If you would like your own access, please complete and sign the online registration request form, bring it in to the surgery with proof of your ID (passport, photo identity card).
If you would rather your parent/guardian have access to your account please complete the online patient access registration form, filling in who you would like to have access to your records. Please remember to sign it before bringing to back to us!
Once you have brought the registration document back to us, we can reactivate your account.
Please note: you will be sent a letter regarding this when you turn 14 only if you already have an online Patient Access account. If you don't re-register your online account after that, then your account will be disabled. You can re-register at any time.
For patients who don't currently have an online Patient Access account and would like one, or would like their parents to have access to their medical record, please fill in our online patient access registration form & have a read of our Patient Online FAQ leaflet - and this along with bring some form of ID into the surgery.
When you turn 16 years old, the Patient Access system will automatically stop your access and you will have to come in and re-register again.
NHS England has a Youth Forum, made up of 25 young people from all over the country, who have a passion for improving health services for young people.
The Youth Forum gives a voice to young people to express their thoughts on the health issues that matter most to them. It works directly with NHS England, Public Health England and Department of Health enabling the Forum to have a real impact on the health services that young people use.
You can read more about the Youth Forum here:
NHS Youth Forum
NHS Youth Forum Facebook page
NHS Youth Forum Twitter account
There is also the British Youth Council, with more information, which you can access here:
British Youth Council
Within Oxfordshire, other websites you can visit for more information:
VOXY - Voice of Oxfordshire's Youth
Oxfordshire CAMHS Article 12 group
Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust have created a very useful website packed full of information covering healthy eating and body image to managing stress and advice on relationships, puberty and sexuality. Please visit if you need some advice and you don't know where to turn:
Health for Teens
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.
From the 1st July 2019 any non NHS work (Insurance forms, private letters etc.) will be required to be paid before completion.
Our current list of fees are here (updated 01.09.19).
Firearms certificates are only complete by certain GPs at our practice - they may not be your usual GP. The charge for this service is £110 + VAT - payment is required before completion.
Fit to Fly Certificates
If you need a cerfiicate to say you are fit to fly - please be aware this is a chargable service and as with all our non-NHS work there is a turn-around of at least 2 weeks.
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