Clinics & Services
In addition to general medical consultations we are pleased to be able to provide specialist clinics and services covering the following areas:
- Ante-natal clinic - we provide a full range of antenatal and postnatal care on a shared basis with the local district hospitals at Andover, Salisbury and Winchester. Clinics are run by the Community Midwife and held on Thursday mornings.
- The Community Midwives are based at Andover Birthing Centre. They aim to provide you with the best care possible before your baby is born, during your labour and then at home up to approximately 10 days after your baby is born.
- Sue, who is the main midwife assigned to our Practice, runs a 'booking clinic' every Thursday, late-morning clinic, at our Broughton Surgery for ladies who have just found out they are pregnant. This appointment usually takes place at around 10 - 12 weeks into your pregnancy. Follow up appointments will be at the ante-natal clinic, also on Thursday, early morning clinic, also at Broughton Surgery. These appointments are for checking that your pregnancy is progressing normally; for you to get to know your midwife and for you to take the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.
- You can ring the Andover Birthing Centre on 01264 352517 at any time of the day, or night, to speak to a qualified midwife if you have any concerns. Sue will also discuss with you your intended place of delivery, whether it be at home, the Andover Birthing Centre, Royal Hampshire County Hospital (Winchester) or one of the other main hospitals in the area of your choice. Parent craft classes are run from Andover Hospital - ask Sue to arrange these for you if you wish to be part of them.
- Asthma/COPD - our practice nurse led clinics are usually held on Monday and Tuesday afternoons. You can make your own appointment or your doctor may refer you.
- Blood Clinic (Phlebotomy) - Our Phlebotomist holds clinics at Broughton (Monday am) and Stockbridge (Wednesday am). These are especially for the elderly or those with transport problems. Attendance is by appointment - please contact Reception.
- You can also attend the Phlebotomy Departments at Andover War Memorial Hospital or The Royal Hampshire County Hospital Winchester with or without an appointment The doctor will order your test/s on line so there is no need to collect a form, please allow at least 24 hours from visiting the doctor before attending. Clinics at the Hospitals are open from 7.30am each morning - especially useful for those of you needing Cholesterol Fasting Blood Tests!
If you are cold your veins will be more difficult to find. Making sure you keep warm prior to your blood test will help to speed up the procedure.
A fasting blood test means nothing to eat or drink - including gum, other than water, from 9.00pm on the day prior to the test and no alcohol for 24 hours before the test, unless advised otherwise by your doctor.
- Breast Screening - Mammography (taking x-rays of breast tissue) is managed centrally across Hampshire and takes place in mobile units which travel to towns across Hampshire and at the local hospitals.
Screening takes place every 3 years in women aged 50 - 70. Results are managed and sent to patients from a central point.
The Department of Health does not currently fund the routine screening of women below the age of 50 (effectively pre-menopausal women). Screening is difficult in women who still have periods because the breast tissue changes with the monthly cycle. Nevertheless, it does advocate screening women who have a first degree relative who has had breast cancer (i.e. mother or a sister) from 5 years before the age at which the relative was diagnosed.
- Cervical smears - clinics are run by our Practice Nurses. Do not book these online.
- Child Health Immunisations - clinics are run by our Practice Nurses.
- Child Health Surveillance and Immunisations - clinics run by Community Health visitors
- Chiropody - the chiropody department, based at Andover Hospital, holds a weekly clinic at the Broughton Surgery. They contact patients and have their own appointment system.
- Coronary Heart Disease - Practice Nurse led clinics usually take place every two weeks, usually on Fridays. Appointments are sent out by the surgery .
- Diabetes - Practice Nurse led clinics take place on each Tuesday and Wednesday and on Friday afternoons once a month. Appointments are sent out by the Surgery
- Dietetic Clinic - These clinics take place the first Thursday of the month, at Broughton Surgery. They are managed by our Community Dietitian, who helps monitor patient concerns, give advice and guidance and promote good health. A referral is required from your GP to the Dietitian.
Top Tips for Healthy Eating
- Enjoy your food
- Eat a variety of different foods
- Eat foods rich in starch and fibre
- Eat at least 5 portions of fruit and vegetables daily
- Don't eat too many foods that contain a lot of fat and sugar
- Aim to eat the right amount to be a healthy weight
- If you drink alcohol, stick to safe limits
2 units/day for women
3 units/day for men
(1 unit = half pint beer or lager, 1 small glass wine, 1 measure spirits)
Family Planning - We provide a full family planning service including:
- Provision of contraceptive methods, including the contraceptive pill
- Fitting of IUCDs and implants.
- A useful information sheet is available by clicking on this link coil and implant info sheet
- There is also a useful post fit advice sheet available Post fitting advice.
- Please note that fitting/removal of coils and implants requires a longer appointment with a doctor. Please advise the Receptionist at the time of booking. Pregnancy testing
- Emergency contraception (Morning After pill or coil)
- Counselling and referral for termination of pregnancy
- Advice about sterilisation and referral if required
- Advice on safe sex
Appointments for family planning advice are during regular surgery times. There is no contraception clinic - just book a routine appointment with a doctor during normal surgery hours. This service is provided to all patients and is free of charge. We are able to offer family planning services to any female patient whether or not they are registered with this Practice.
Quit For Life - Stop Smoking Clinics
Smoking is Harmful not only for you, but also for those with whom you live. It is a fact that you are 4 times more likely to succeed in stopping smoking if you have help and support. Our Smoking Cessation Advisor can help you with this. If you would like to try to stop smoking, come along and discuss it with our advisor. We can answer many questions, offer support and discuss the range of products most suitable for you.
An initial appointment of 20 minutes is recommended, thereafter 10 minute appointments are needed to follow up on your progress and effectiveness of the products used. The usual programme of support lasts between 8 to 12 weeks.
For Further advice call or make an appointment with the Smoking Cessation Advisor.
You can of course always see our Practice Nurses for all kinds of general health screening, ear syringing, travel injections and advice, immunisations, dressings and wound care and other general advice and counselling.