Patients with asthma or ‘chronic obstructive pulmonary disease’ (COPD, or ‘chronic bronchitis’, an illness usually caused by smoking) are all welcome to attend an annual review with a Nurse or Practice Pharmacist – both are trained to do spirometry and standard asthma/COPD checkups
Our diabetes service is led by Fernie Isogon, one of our practice nurses, but all of our nurses are trained to do standard diabetes checks. If you are a new diabetic, though, then you should see Fernie for your initial assessment. All diabetics over the age of 16 years are invited to attend, although those on insulin may also be seen at the Royal Berkshire Hospital Diabetes Centre (Melrose House).
All the doctors and our family planning nurse are able to provide family planning advice and prescriptions in their ordinary surgeries but, in addition to this, a drop in clinic is held every Monday afternoon between 16:00 and 19:00: No appointment needed, just turn up.
We offer the full range of contraceptive methods, including contraceptive injections, implants, the ‘pill’ (combined oral contraceptive), the ‘mini-pill’ (progesterone-only oral contraceptive), coils (including the hormonal coil, or intra-uterine system), emergency contraception, barrier methods and advice/referral for sterilisation.
Heart Disease/Strokes and Blocked Arteries (Cardiovascular Disease)
All patients with these diseases are invited to attend for reviews with any of our nurses, at least once per year. The checks focus on tackling risk factors (obesity, smoking, cholesterol) and making sure any drug treatment is optimal. More recently, this service has expanded to include preventative checkups on people aged between 40 and 75 who may be at risk of cardiovascular disease.