Clinics & Services
Cervical Smears (Berkshire Recall Scheme)
Women aged 25 - 49 should have a cervical smear every three years. Women aged 50 - 64 should have a cervical smear every five years. This is a simple, quick test, which can detect early changes in the neck of the womb. If these are treated straight away we can prevent the cancer developing.
Patients are called for a smear test by letter. If you think you are due for a smear and have not heard from us, please let us know. When making the appointment for a smear, please mention this fact to the receptionist, who will arrange for you to be seen in the appropriate clinic. Your result will be sent directly to you by the Thames Valley Primary Care Agency usually within three weeks.
Child Health Clinics
These are held at the following venues with a health visitor in attendance:
1.30 - 3.00pm Ellington Extended Services Centre (West Dean, off Ray Mill Road West)
1.30 - 3.30pm Magnet Leisure Centre
1.00 - 2.30pm Cox Green Community Centre
10.00 - 11.45am Holyport Memorial Hall
1.30 - 3.00pm Cookham Medical Centre
11.00am - 12.30pm Antenatal Clinic, St Mark's Hospital. Breast feeding advice and counselling available.
Please note that these clinics are for well babies only. If your baby is unwell you will need to make an appointment to see your own doctor. Immunisations are not done at these clinics, only at the Tuesday afternoon sessions.
We run confidential nurse led Family Planning Clinics on a weekly basis and both Dr Donnelly and Dr Nieland are registered to fit Intrauterine Contraceptive Devices (coils) and Implanons (hormonal contraceptive implants).
Coil Leaflet - Patient Information
Available at the surgery. Any patient contacting the surgery for advice (whether registered with us or from another practice) will be offered an individual, confidential appointment with a doctor on the same day. You can also obtain emergency contraceptives from a pharmacy. This service is now available free from various pharmacies, if it is considered appropriate, to girls 18 years or under.
Patients can self refer to Talking Therapies by telephone on 0300 365 2000 or through their website at www.talkingtherapies.berkshire.nhs.uk/
Diabetics' Eye Screening
Organised by the health authority.
We have qualified dieticians who visit the surgery on a regular basis. They see patients with diabetes and other conditions which may be improved by dietary changes. Patients wishing to reduce weight will be sent a pack with details and instructions. There is usually a waiting list to see the dietician. Please let us know if you are unable to keep an appointment as we do have a waiting list and may be able to offer another patient an appointment.
The district nurses are employed by Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust and work out of St. Mark's Hospital. They can be contacted on 0300 365 1234.
They assist housebound patients and their families who need nursing care as well as physical and psychological support to remain in the community. This includes the chronically sick, post-operative patients, those with physical and mental disabilities and patients with terminal illnesses. They can also help with rehabilitation and advise carers in the home on aspects of nursing care, such as proper lifting techniques and the best way to deal with incontinence. The service is available during surgery hours with urgent and acute needs met at weekends in the evenings and overnight. The district nurses have close links with the statutory and voluntary services and other community nurses like the Macmillan and continence nurses.
Arrangements can be made through the surgery if you would like a district nurse to visit. The district nurses work closely with the doctors and are a valuable part of the Primary Health Care Team.
Screening involves an attempt to pick up the earliest signs of illness before it has a chance to damage your health. There are a variety of ways in which this is offered in our practice. Any of our adult patients are invited to attend one of our well person clinics where checks will be made on your weight, height and blood pressure and our nurse can advise you on diet, smoking and other aspects of your lifestyle that may affect your health. They offer advice to anyone concerned about their lifestyle and its implications. Cholesterol screening is are offered, where appropriate.
Healthy Heart Clinics
This nurse led clinic is for all patients with existing heart disease. Offering a structured program of care including review of diet, lifestyle, blood tests and ongoing care plan.
Diabetic / Glucose Intolerance Clinics
These nurse led clinics offer a structured program of care for all newly diagnosed patients as well as existing diabetic patients. Care includes regular screening of blood & urine, advice & guidance on lifestyle, diet and mobile eye screening. We liaise closely with other multidisciplinary teams such as dietitians and podiatry.
Asthma / COPD Clinics
These nurse led respiratory clinics offer a structured program of care including assessment of lung function, quality of life, discussions regarding inhaler technique and management plans. Where appropriate some patients are referred onto the Chest Clinic or for Pulmonary Rehabilitation.
These nurse led clinics offer comprehensive health advice and vaccinations for foreign travel. More information can be found in the travel clinic
section of this website. Charges for some travel vaccinations apply and a travel questionaire must be submitted within 6 weeks fo travel to ensure you can be vaccinated at the surgery.
The Health visiting service is provided by The Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead and they can be contacted on 0300 365 6523 or visit https://www.achievingforchildren.org.uk/health-visiting-services-rbwm
All home visits will be arranged between the patient and the health visitor. Health visitors work together with other professionals, and liaise with statutory and voluntary services. They are able to prescribe for minor ailments and are a source of advice on numerous issues:
Behaviour management; Weaning/Healthy eating; Eczema; Feeding management; Health education; Head lice; Relationship problems; Sleep issues; Smoking; Support for lone parents; Teenage pregnancy; Positive parenting.
Ladies between the age of 50 and 70 will be offered a mammogram every three years as part of the National Breast Screening Programme with automatic recall. Should you not receive an invitation for this test, please contact the surgery. If you are under 50 years of age, a mammogram can be arranged, if medically appropriate. You will need to make an appointment with your doctor.
Our community midwife works at the surgery with your doctors providing antenatal and postnatal care. She offers regular clinics for the care of pregnant mothers and will share antenatal care with the doctor.
Wednesday morning 8.30-11.15am
Thursday morning 8.15 - 11.00am
Our aim is to provide a personal and efficient service throughout pregnancy and in close co-operation with your chosen hospital. You will need to make a first booking appointment to see the midwife when you are approximately eight weeks pregnant.
Messages for the midwife can be left at the following numbers:
- St Mark's Hospital 01753 638431 Non-urgent messages
- Wexham Park Hospital 01753 634501 Appointments
- Wexham Park Hospital 01753 634563 Ward 22 messages
- Heatherwood Hospital 01344 877090 Appointments
- Heatherwood Hospital 01344 877063 Labour ward
- High Wycombe 01494 526161 Switchboard
Parentcraft classes are held at St Mark's Antenatal Clinic. A programme of these may be obtained from your midwife at the surgery.
A phiebotomist performs blood tests only, at specific times during the week. If your doctor wants you to have a blood test you will be given a form which you will need to take to reception, where an appointment will be made for you. Your doctor may request that you have a fasting blood test. This means that you need to fast for approximately 14 hours. Only water can be taken, no fruit juice, tea or coffee. We try to arrange for these tests to be done early in the morning from 8.00am onwards.
We are no longer able to provide physiotherapy at the surgery but if your doctor thinks it is appropriate they will refer you to St Mark's Hospital. You will be given a form to complete, which you should hand in at the desk; this is then forwarded to St Mark's, who will in turn contact you with an appointment. Please note there is usually quite a long waiting list for physiotherapy.