Clinics & Services
The Practice provides special services or clinics for many different conditions. For the patients' convenience, most of these occur at any time during the working week. Simply ask our receptionist for the relevant appointment. In a few cases, where more than one member of staff must be present, the clinic is held at a particular time.
In general, we are happy to provide a Well Person check on all patients of whatever age or sex, every three years. Unless you have a special problem, the Practice Nurse can carry out most of these. Please phone for an appointment and remember to bring a specimen of urine.
Our other services include:
There are 3 clinics each week for blood tests. All are by appointment only. Twyford Surgery Wednesday 08:30 - 10:30 Colden Common Tuesday 08:30 - 11:00 am Friday 08:30 - 11:45. Your blood will be taken by our trained phlebotomists.
Preconception & Antenatal Clinics
The antenatal clinics are run weekly by the midwife. However, if you are thinking of starting a family you may wish to phone the health visitor for general advice. Before any woman becomes pregnant she is advised to: check that she is immune to German Measles (you will require a blood test if you are not sure); take folic acid supplements (to protect against spina bifida); and take sensible measures to improve health before conceiving, i.e. achieve ideal weight, exercise, stop smoking and moderate alcohol intake. Please telephone for an appointment in advance.
Child Health Clinics
Clinics are held at: The United Church, Jewry Street, Winchester SO23 8RZ every Thursday 9:30 - 11.30
St Gregory's Church, Grange Road, Alresford, SO24 9HD 4th Wednesday every month 10.00 to 12.00
Jubilee Hall, Little Shire Lane, Bishops Waltham, SO32 1ED 2nd Tuesday of every month 9.30 - 11.30
Child Development Clinics
These are held regularly at Twyford and Colden Common surgeries. Developmental assessments are advised at 6-8 weeks; at 10-12 months; 2-2yr 6 months, although children can be seen at any time by contacting the Health Visiting Teams if parents are concerned about their wellbeing.
Clinics are held at Twyford on third Wednesday of the month 1.15 to 3.30 and at Colden Common the first Tuesday of the moth 1.30 to 3.00pm.
Baby Immunisation Clinics
Child Health will send an invitation to parents to contact the surgery to make an appointment with the practice nurse for baby immunisations.
Practice nurses are happy to see any teenager aged between 13 and 17 years old for their first health check. This includes blood pressure, height, weight and urine checks, as well as a vaccination status check. It also provides a chance to discuss any potential problems relevant to this important age group. It is much easier never to smoke or to take drugs than to stop. Please telephone for an appointment.
Family Planning Clinics
All the doctors are fully trained in family planning (FP Cert) and some offer a fully comprehensive service including coils and implants. For your first appointment, please see a doctor. Subsequent follow-up may be carried out by the practice nurse. Please phone for an appointment.
Women are encouraged to have a cervical smear test every three years from age 20-49 and then every five years until 65 (and beyond if they wish). Some women will be advised to have them more frequently if there are special problems. The smears are usually performed by the practice nurses as part of a full 'Well Woman' check (including weight, blood pressure, breast examination and urinalysis). Please phone for an appointment. You should receive a reminder when you smear is due.
The practice nurse can teach you breast self-examination. However, all women between 50 and 64 years will receive an appointment every three years to attend the local breast unit for a mammogram. Women over 64 (in whom half the cases of breast cancer occur) are welcome to have a mammogram every three years. Please make your appointment with the breast unit at Winchester Hospital (01962 824841)
Minor Surgery Clinics
Suspicious skin lesions and 'lumps and bumps' can be excised under local anaesthetic by the doctor with the nurse in attendance. Please consult your doctor first.
Obesity is one of the greatest health problems facing our society and is caused by excessive eating of the wrong foods and lack of exercise. If you think you are becoming overweight, come (as early as possible) to see the practice nurse.
The level of cholesterol in our bodies is partly inherited but also relates to how much saturated fat we eat. Our western diet is often too high in dairy products and animal fat. This is one of the significant causes of heart disease. Reducing fat intake and increasing the amount of fruit and vegetables in the diet has a major impact on health. Drugs are used to treat people whose cholesterol remains high especially if they have established arterial disease. We aim to keep people's cholesterol below 5 if they have had a heart attack or stroke. Ideally everybody's cholesterol should be below this level.
It is particularly important to have your cholesterol checked if you have had problems with your heart or a warning stroke or have diabetes. It is also important if you have family members who have had heart disease or strokes before the age of 60.
'Flu and Pneumonia Vaccination
In accordance with DHS guidelines, we offer flu and/or pneumonia vaccination to all susceptible people (those with diabetes, asthma, heart or lung disease, immunosuppressed and the over 65s), between October and December each year. Please try to make your appointment in early October.
Incontinence and Urinary Problems
Any woman or man experiencing such problems is invited to see the doctor or nurse for investigation of these common, but distressing disorders. In men, prostate cancer may be detected early if you report any change in your usual flow.
The Diabetic Clinic is usually held at Colden Common on the first Thursday of the month with the practice nurse, dietitian and chiropodist in attendance. Every insulin-dependant diabetic is recommended to attend at least twice a year in addition to their regular hospital check-up. Those on tablets or any type of diet need to make sure they come at least once a year.
These are held weekly by the practice nurse. She may involve the doctor if your condition is getting worse. Please telephone for an appointment.
Smoking Cessation Advice
The practice provides smoking cessation advice for patients. Please book an appointment with the Practice Nurses. Guidance and advice on quitting can be found in the Healthy Living section of this site.