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Clinics & Services

Asthma

Appointments are available with our trained asthma nurses for all asthmatics for advice and supervision of treatment. The doctor may also refer you to the nurses for diagnostic tests and changes of treatment.

Diabetes

Appointments are available with our Diabetes nurse and doctor to provide you with a comprehensive and individual screening & monitoring service.

Hypertension

Appointments are available for those requiring annual reviews for hypertension. The nurse will check your blood pressure & urine sample, review your medication and offer lifestyle modification advice

Contraception

The Practice offers full contraceptive services:

  • Pills
  • Injections
  • Implants
  • Patches
  • Coils
  • Emergency Contraception

Appointments are available daily during term time and most days during vacation. We also endeavour to see all women seeking emergency contraception on the same day.

All doctors provide termination counselling services and referral.

Contraceptive services are also available at Royal Berkshire Hospital for the under 25's

21a Craven Road, Reading, RG1 5LE

Monday – Thursday: 4pm to 7pm

(walk–in times for under 25's) 

More contraceptive advice

If you would like more information about individual methods of contraception or emergency contraception please see the Family Planning Association website.

Cervical Screen Test

Cervical screening is a method of preventing cervical cancer by detecting abnormal cells in the cervix (lower part of the womb). 

Cervical screening is not a test for cancer, but it is a test to check the health of the cervix. Most women's test results show that everything is normal. But for one in 20 women, the test will show some changes in the cells of the cervix. 

Most of these changes will not lead to cervical cancer and the cells will go back to normal on their own. In some cases, the abnormal cells need to be treated to prevent them becoming a problem later. 

Useful Links 
NHS Choices - Cervical Screen Test

HPV Vaccination

Since September 2008 there has been a national programme to vaccinate girls aged 12-13 against human papilloma virus (HPV). 

There is also a three-year catch up campaign that will offer the HPV vaccine (also known as the cervical cancer jab) to 13-18 year old girls. 

The programme is delivered largely through secondary schools, and consists of two injections that are given over a six-month period. In the UK, more than 1.4 million doses have been given since the vaccination programme started.

Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)

Human papilloma virus (HPV) is the name of a family of viruses that affect the skin and the moist membranes that line your body, such as those in your cervix, anus, mouth and throat. These membranes are called the mucosa. 

There are more than 100 different types of HPV viruses, with about 40 types affecting the genital area. These are classed as high risk and low risk. 

What HPV infection can do?

Infection with some types of HPV can cause abnormal tissue growth and other changes to cells, which can lead to cervical cancer. Infection with other forms of HPV can also cause genital warts. 
Other types of HPV infection can cause minor problems, such as common skin warts and verrucas. 
Around 30 types of HPV are transmitted through sexual contact, including those that can cause cervical cancer and genital warts. Genital warts are the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI) in the UK.

HPV infection is also linked to vaginal cancer and vulval cancer, although both are rare conditions. 

Useful Links 
NHS choices - HPV Vaccination 
Cancer Research UK - HPV Virus

Minor Illness Clinic

These clinics are run daily by our nurses for advice and treatment for the following conditions:

  • Earache
  • Sore throats
  • Cystitis / Urinary Tract Infection
  • Sinusitis
  • Chest infection/ cough/ cold
  • Skin infection/ Rash
  • Emergency Contraception
  • Eye Infection/ Cold sores

Appointments can be made at reception in the usual way. The nurse will be able to prescribe treatment if this is appropriate.

Phlebotomy (blood tests)

Appointments for blood tests are available daily at the University Medical Practice Monday, Thursday and Fridays before 1pm and on Tuesday and Thursdays until 3.30pm.  A walk in clinic is available at the University Medical Practice on Wednesday and Friday between 9.00am – 10.30am without an appointment – we will endeavour to see everyone who 'walks in' for this clinic but occasionally it may be necessary to make a future appointment if time does not permit.

Appointments for blood tests are available daily Monday - Friday at our Whitley Villa Practice daily between 8.10am and midday.

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