Clinics & Services

ADHD Shared Care Arrangements

Shared care agreements need to be in place for a GP to prescribe medication and require both the specialist and the GP to sign. Patients with a shared care agreement in place from a different area of the UK will need a new shared care agreement with the local ADHD clinic. If patients are seen as NHS patients by a private provider, there needs to be a shared care agreement in place before the GP can take over prescribing.

Patients who are from outside the UK will need to obtain their medication from their own specialist. If they require NHS prescriptions then this will require a referral to an NHS ADHD clinic and a shared care agreement to be in place before the GP can prescribe. 

The shared care agreement will require you to continue to be reviewed, at intervals, by your ADHD clinic. Any adjustments or changes to your ADHD medications will be made by your ADHD clinic, and not by your GP. If you do not continue to have reviews by your ADHD clinic then the shared care agreement will no longer be valid and we will not be able to continue to prescribe ADHD medication for you

Asthma

Appointments are available with our trained asthma nurse and pharmacy team 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.

Cervical Screen Test

Cervical screening is a method of preventing cervical cancer by detecting the HPV virus 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. 

Patients must not book unless they have received a letter from the NHS and must be 12 weeks after any vaginal procedure.

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

Contraception

The Practice offers full contraceptive services:

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

We also endeavour to see all women seeking emergency contraception on the same day.

Contraceptive services are also available at Royal Berkshire Hospital for the under 25's. Please call 0118 322 7202 or go to their website below for more information. 

21a Craven Road, Reading, RG1 5LE Sexual Health Service (Florey Clinic) | Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust

More contraceptive advice

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

Diabetes

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

Hypertension

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

Minor Illness 

These clinics are for the following conditions:

  • Earache
  • Sore throats
  • Cystitis/Urinary Tract Infection
  • Sinusitis
  • Chest infection/cough/cold
  • Skin infection/Rash
  • Eye Infection
  • Bites

Phlebotomy (blood tests)

Appointments for blood tests requested by a clinician are available to book online at the University Medical Practice and Whitley Villa Practice Monday to Friday plus regular Saturday morning blood clinics too.  There is a waiting time of approximately 3 weeks for a routine blood test at the surgery.  Patients can also book blood tests appointments online at the Royal Berkshire Hospital. We would encourage you to use this service for all blood tests requested by the hospital. The details to book can be found here: Royal Berkshire Hospital blood tests or to book a blood test at West Berkshire Hospital.

Physiotherapy

Face to face appointments are available to book online on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings at the University Health Centre with our in-house physiotherapy service provided by First Point Physio for patients aged 16 and over. 

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