59a Hemdean RoadCavershamReading, RG4 7SSTel: 0118 947 1455
Appointments available Monday to Friday 8.00am - 1.00pm and 1.30 - 6.00pm.
Appointments are available each weekday - Monday to Friday 8.00 - 11.30am.
The practice team is committed to the prevention of premature death from heart disease and the practice nursing team runs several clinics for this purpose:-
Sally Murphy and Anne Smith specialise in asthma management and hold regular clinics. They aim to see all patients diagnosed with asthma to monitor drug compliance/effectiveness as well as inhaler technique and this will help you understand more about asthma so that you can manage the disease together.
Anne Smith and Joan St Clair specialise in the management of diabetes.
From early October every year, the treatment room nurses hold special clinics for patients wishing to be immunised - especially those who are elderly or at particular risk, ie suffering from chronic illness or chest problems.
Dr G Paige and Dr Brewster perform minor operations. Patients need to be referred by their GP.
Family planning/well woman services are available at the practice by appointment with your doctor, or Sally Reeve and Maria Brooks, our family planning nurses. Clinics are available Tuesday am/pm, Wednesday am and Thursday am/pm.
The practice offers a comprehensive and highly confidential contraceptive service and particularly aims to assist younger patients both male and female.
The "morning after" pill is also available - please ask the receptionist for an urgent appointment if this is required. The pharmacist is also authorised to prescribe the 'morning after' pill.
To reduce the risk of cancer of the neck of the womb, smear tests should be performed at regular intervals between the ages of 20 - 65.
Antenatal clinics are held every week at which alternate consultations are with your doctor and the community midwife. Postnatal checks are strongly encouraged and these are carried out by the doctors.
First baby checks are made by your GP at six weeks during the postnatal check-up. The health visiting team provide child health surveillance services for the under fives.
Pre-school immunisations are highly recommended by all the doctors and are discussed fully with parents or guardians. These are usually done by one of the practice nurses in the treatment room.
The Health Visitors hold clinics for weighing babies and advice on:
Monday at Caversham Childrens' Centre, Amersham Road 10:00-11:45am
Wednesday at North Caversham Childrens Centre, St.Barnabas Road, Emmer Green 14:00-15:45
If you are looking after someone who cannot manage at home without your help, you are a carer and it is important that you let us know. We understand the practical problems, the need for a break and time for yourself. We realise the stresses placed on relationships, feelings of isolation and worries about what the future holds for the person you care for.
Patients are referred to the counselling service by their GP.
Deirdre Cuthbert and Sarah Parr provide a full physiotherapy service at the practice and also in the patient's home, using various modern equipment and techniques. They are happy to provide certain items of equipment on loan and will advise on exercise and rehabilitation after illness or surgery, as well as mobility problems especially for the elderly.
Patients will be referred to the physiotherapists by their GP.
The visiting podiatrist works in the practice every Friday morning, initially examining, assessing and advising on foot care for all ages. Services are only available to certain categories of patients. Referral is by GP or other health professional.
A visiting dietitian holds twice monthly clinics in the surgery on Monday afternoons. Patients will be referred to this service by their GP or a member of the nursing team.
A visiting speech therapist holds a weekly Thursday clinic at the surgery. Patients are referred to this service by their GP or a member of the nursing team.
Dr Andrew Brewster has a special interest in ultrasonography. Scans are performed at the surgery through in-house GP referral.
Clinics are held at the surgery weekly. Patients are referred to the clinic by their GP.
We are happy to provide some services which fall outside the NHS and for these a charge will be made.
These include private sick notes, insurance claim forms, passport applications, BUPA/PPP forms, solicitors' reports, overseas immunisations not provided on the NHS and various special examinations for sport or employment.
The charges made are not more than those recommended by the British Medical Association and are on display in the waiting room.
Please check the charge with reception when making the request.
Please call after 11am to enquire about your test results as our reception staff will have more time to deal with your request between these times.
Note that the practice has a strict policy regarding confidentiality and data protection and we will only release test results to the person to whom they relate unless that person has given prior permission for the release of this data or they are not capable of understanding the results.
When you take your test you will be told how long it will be before the results are returned to the practice.
It is your responsibility to check your results and to make an appointment to discuss them with your doctor if your are advised to do so.
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