- Childhood Immunisation
- Hormone Replacement Therapy Clinic
- Maternal and Child Health
- Family Planning
- Influenza Immunisation
- Testing for HIV-Better to know
- Diabetic Clinic
- Asthma and COPD Clinic
- Anticoagulation Clinic
- Travel Advice and Immunisation
- Minor Surgery
- Women’s Health Clinic
- Pneumococcal Vaccination
- Shingles Vaccination
- Medical Check –Ups
- Phlebotomy (Blood testing)
- Asthma and COPD Clinic
- Talking Therapies
- Smoking Cessation
- Shape-Up Weight Loss Programme
Dedicated clinics are held on Friday mornings and are run by Dr Thakore with two nurses trained in looking after patients with diabetes. Patients can make appointments via reception and will be given a form for fasting blood tests which should be done about a week before the appointment date. Specialist podiatry care, dietician advice and eye screening can also be arranged.Check our works
We have a fully equipped minor operations theatre within the surgery. Dr Thakore is specially trained in the removal of lumps and bumps, joint injections and cryotherapy (‘freezing’ treatment). The clinics run all day on Mondays. Please book in via reception and ask for a Minor Surgery appointment.Check our works
Well Woman Clinic
This popular clinic, run by our experienced practice nurses, provides an excellent service. It takes place on Tuesday afternoons and offers Family Planning advice as well as Cervical Smear testing and screening for Chlamydia. No appointment is necessary for this clinic. Just turn up from 1.00pm to 4.30pm.
Hormone Replacement Therapy Clinic
The menopause can be a difficult time for some women especially as there are so many conflicting messages about the risks and benefits of HRT in the media. We are able to offer referral for bone mineral density and ultra sound scans as necessary and give up to date advice on treatment and monitoring. Dr Rankine runs a clinic on a Tuesday morning every month but you can also see her in a routine clinic. We are not able to issue prescriptions for HRT on repeat, but once you are stabilised on your treatment prescriptions for six months or longer will be issuedCheck our works
Maternal and Child Health Clinic
This clinic takes place on Thursday mornings and enables pregnant and new mothers to have their routine checks and ask for advice. We advise that you make your first appointment about 6-8 weeks following the first day of your last menstrual period and following a positive home pregnancy test. We usually offer shared care with the hospital of your choice. The clinic also offers you advice about your child’s health and your baby’s developmental checks at 8 weeks and 8 months as well as childhood immunisations. One of our health visitors is available during the clinic for baby weighing, advice and routine health checks.Childhood Vaccination Schedule
Testing for HIV - Better to know
HIV is now a treatable medical condition and the majority of those with the virus remain fit and well on treatment. Despite this, a significant number of people in the UK, especially in London, are unaware of their HIV infection and remain at risk to their own health and of passing the virus unwittingly on to others. Late diagnosis of HIV makes treatment more difficult and less effective. We offer all new patients the chance to be screened for HIV at the surgery. Just ask the nurse at your new patient check up. You will not have to answer any questions or enter into discussions you do not want to although you are welcome to ask as many as you like. We will let you know how and when to get your results in complete confidence and will help you with advice on future testing if required. Even if you are not newly registered with the practice, just ask for an HIV blood form at reception and we will arrange a test for you. Surely it is better to know? Take up the offer of a free HIV test.Check our works
All our doctors and nurses are able to provide up to date, safe contraceptive advice. If you have chosen to use the oral contraceptive pill, we would like you to be seen by one of our doctors for your first appointment. We also provide depo contraceptive injections and contraceptive implants (Implanon). We offer coil (IUD or IUS/Mirena) fitting. You can either book an appointment to see one of the nurses or doctors or attend the walk-in Women’s Health Clinic held on Tuesday afternoons. Visit www.fpa.org.uk for more information.
Asthma and COPD Clinic
At these clinics which are held on Wednesday mornings, we offer respiratory management as well as spirometry testing for lung function. Your treatment will be assessed and changed if necessary and follow up arranged as required so we can optimise your care.
If you are over 65 years old or high-risk ( if you suffer from asthma, heart disease or renal disease etc.) you will be offered an annual free influenza immunisation. Invitations to attend special clinics during the week or on Saturday mornings are sent out in September, when the campaign starts. These are walk-in clinics, but immunisations can also be given during routine, booked appointments. Influenza immunisations are very safe and are also offered to all pregnant women. If you do not fall into one of these groups eligible for free NHS influenza immunisation but would like to be immunised, a small fee will be payable.
Our practice nurses are specially trained in the accurate monitoring of anticoagulation therapy (warfarin) If you are receiving anticoagulation therapy, we are able to test your blood on site and by using a computer programme, we can work out a regime tailored to your individual needs. Our nurses are supervised by our doctors on site and have direct access to a specialist consultant in a local hospital. This service means that your treatment will be able to be monitored closer to your home.
Travel Advice and Immunisation
We offer a comprehensive travel advice service where a personal immunisation plan can be worked out for you by our practice nurses. Some of the immunisations are not free and a fee will be charged. Ideally, please contact the surgery for an appointment at least six weeks before departure is planned. The practice is registered as a Yellow Fever Centre.
This is a once in a life time vaccination that prevents a serious form of pneumonia. If you are over 65 years of age or considered to be in an 'at risk' group, you. are entitled to have this vaccination. Please, just ask one of our nurses or at reception.
All your child’s immunisations are offered by the practice. These can either be done in the Maternal and Child Health Clinic or by one of our practice nurses in a routine clinic which may be more convenient. Please bring your child’s Red Book to the appointment so that the immunisations given can be accurately entered at the time they are given.
A vaccination to prevent shingles, a common, painful skin disease is now available on the NHS if you are in your early or late seventies. This is a once in a lifetime vaccination and reduces your risk of getting shingles. We will send you an invitation when you become eligible for the injection.
Medical Check Ups
If you have recently registered with the practice, we will ask you to see one of our nurses for a medical check up involving a life style questionnaire, height and weight measurements and urine testing and appropriate blood test screening as well as relevant advice. Other routine checks are also possible on request and we are currently offering checks to everyone over the age of 40 years. If you would like one and have not yet received an invitation, please ask for an appointment at reception.
An NHS dietician visits the practice weekly on Wednesdays and Fridays to advise and support you on weight reduction, low fat diets, high protein diets, diets for diabetes and other chronic conditions. The dietician will also be able to advise you on other local services such as drop-in weigh-in clinics.
Phlebotomy (Blood testing)
If you need a blood test as directed by your doctor or one of the nurses or for HIV, we offer a phlebotomy service at the practice. Just collect your form from reception and ask them to add you to the list and the phlebotomist will know you are waiting. The clinic runs from 8am to 1pm every weekday from Room 9 on the ground floor.
Life can be challenging and sometimes feels too much. Counselling is a way of talking with a professional in confidence in order to clarify issues; understand our relationships; express emotion; understand triggers and patterns of behaviour, sometimes to come to terms with issues and reflect on our lives both in the past and present. So if you are feeling anxious, depressed or want to talk about your experiences, let your nurse or doctor know and they will discuss whether you would benefit from counseling and make a referral for you.
The Westminster Talking Therapies Service offers psychological assessment and treatment if you suffer with depression and anxiety disorders. The treatments are based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Various treatment options are offered including Guided Self-Help, Individual Therapy, Groups and Computerised CBT. The option best for you will be discussed with you according to your needs. As well as individual treatment we also offer groups and workshops on issues related to good mental health such as improving your sleep or assertiveness skills. You can be referred by your GP or you can refer yourself by filling in a form available from reception or by telephoning 030 333 0000.
Want to stop smoking? Tried and find it hard to quit? Come and speak to our smoking cessation adviser or one of the practice nurses. They are all trained to help and support you to stop smoking. They are fully up to date with all the new medications that help smokers to quit. Please contact reception for details.
Exercise Classes for the Over Sixties
We are able to offer, in conjunction with The Westminster Physiotherapy and Pilates Centre, weekly exercise and well being classes at the practice. Just ask as reception for details.
Shape-Up Weight Loss Programme
The practice has supported the training of a Shape-Up Facilitator who now provides regular programmes within the surgery on Tuesday evenings.
Shape-Up is a group-based, healthy lifestyle programme developed by University College London in conjunction with charity Weight Concern. It can help you to:
Manage your weight
Improve your health
Get more active
Piers Spencer is a qualified osteopath, specialising in rehabilitation of long-term back, neck and sports injuries through hands-on treatment, exercise, gait analysis and postural advice. He works in the practice on Wednesdays.
Cecil Chen offers routine appointments for acupuncture which take place on Fridays at Victoria Medical Centre. Please book appointments either through main reception or by telephoning 07973 251599.
Anna Kiff offers routine appointments for acupuncture which take place at our branch surgery at Lees Place. For an appointment please contact reception at Lees Place on 020 7036 6060 or contact Anna directly on 07917 400 905 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.