Hollow Way Medical Centre18 Ivy CloseCowley, OX4 2NBTel: 01865 777495
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Our GPs and nurses manage a full range of chronic diseases such as asthma, high blood pressure, diabetes, chronic lung disease, and heart disease.
The practice nurses run daily clinics and are able to deal with many problems including minor illnesses and minor injury. They run chronic disease management services and can advise on smoking cessation and healthy living. They provide family planning advice including emergency contraception, take cervical smears and provide foreign travel advice and vaccinations.
The district nurses provide care, advice and support for people at home who are unable to attend the surgery. Most of their work is with the elderly, chronically sick and terminally ill.
Contact Number 01865 903061
The health visitors covering Hollow Way are based at Temple Cowley Health Centre, and provide advice on family health and child care issues. If you have any worries about minor illness in your children then you may wish to contact them first. The health visitors work in partnership with the doctors. There are a number of services available locally for parents and children that offer practical support and advice.
If you would like to discuss specific health issues such as development, behaviour and parenting support etc., please phone the health visitors for an appointment. Appointments with the health visitors are available at Temple Cowley Health Centre or a home visit by arrangement.
A number of locality clinics are available. Please contact the health visitors for information on 01865 903116.
For child immunisations, a clinic is available at Hollow Way Medical Centre on Tuesday afternoons 14:00 – 15:30 with the practice nurse. Please make an appointment through reception.
We provide full antenatal and postnatal care, and work closely with our own team of community midwives who hold a clinic at the surgery every Wednesday and Thursday. Antenatal care is shared between the midwife and your doctor. We recommend that you make an appointment to see your doctor as soon as you know that you are pregnant.
Before trying to conceive, we advise women to check if they are immune to Rubella (German measles). We also recommend they take folic acid tablets 400 micrograms daily while trying to conceive, and during the first three months of pregnancy, to help prevent the baby from developing spina–bifida. This is available from the chemist without a prescription. It is very important for the health of your unborn child that you do not smoke during your pregnancy. If you need help and support to give up smoking, please talk to one of the doctors or practice nurses.
Our Practice Nurses, Health Visitors, and Midwives can help you with stopping smoking.
We offer a service for patients with drug and alcohol problems. This is run by a specialist Addictions Nurse. Initial referrals are made through your GP.
Our Practice Nurses can help you with losing weight and advice on diet and exercise.
Dementia Oxfordshire is a new service which can provide support for people with Dementia and their carers. We have a dedicated Dementia support worker attached to our practice. Please phone the practice on 01865 777495 to make an appointment to see her. Services include: information about dementia, where to get help locally, benefits and allowances, adaptations for your home, activities and leisure opportunities, planning for the future and emotional support. There is specialist information for people under 65. The service has a website which is www.dementiaoxfordshire.org.uk or a dedicated Dementia Helpline on 01865 410210.
A Citizen's Advice Bureau adviser is available in the practice once a fortnight on a Thursday afternoon. The adviser can help with advice on financial issues and other problems such as housing, legal matters, employment, etc.
Appointments can be made through your GP, practice nurse or health visitor or you can make an appointment yourself at the reception desk. All advice is free and confidential.
From 1st May 2016 there will be a change in the provision of travel advice and immunisations at this surgery.
We will only be providing travel immunisations that are free on the NHS. The NHS vaccines are: Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio and any combined vaccine that has one of these disease protections in it.
We will continue to provide a travel service to our patients as per our NHS duty of care. However we can only do this if you return a travel form at least 6 weeks prior to travel. This is so that you can complete the full course of any recommended vaccines. If it is out of this time frame you should contact a Travel Clinic.
We do not provide courses of Hepatitis B for travel, Japanese Encephalitis, Meningitis ACWY, Rabies or Yellow Fever - you will need to go to a Travel Clinic as these are non NHS vaccines.
If you need anti-malaria prophylaxis, you should obtain this from a pharmacy or Travel Clinic.
Also, when going on holiday, remember to be aware of sun precautions and to use high factor sun creams to protect your skin.
There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below:
Travel Health Questionnaire
Please complete a travel form and one of the nurses will contact you about what precautions you might need to take. You must do this at least 6 weeks prior to travelling or the nurse will not have enough time to provide you with any travel advice and you will need to attend a travel clinic.
Click here to download out travel form which you fill in and return to the surgery
Travelling in Europe
If you are travelling to Europe the EU has published useful information for travellers on the European website.
We can also give you information about insect bite avoidance, malaria prevention and what precautions to take if you do get an upset tummy, amongst other things.
For more information visit the following travel websites:
Some services provided are not covered under our contract with the NHS and therefore attract charges. Examples include the following:
The fees charged are based on the British Medical Association (BMA) suggested scales and our reception staff will be happy to advise you about them along with appointment availability.
Our receptionists are unable to give you the results of blood tests and X–rays.
We will contact you if any of your results are abnormal or discuss them with you at your next appointment.
You can make a telephone appointment for results. It is important to do this with the doctor who ordered the tests.
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