Shepherds Spring Medical Centre

Clinics we provide

We offer a wide range of specialised services and clinics that you might find useful;

Health tests

We offer Health Checks to all newly registered patients, “Well Person” checks for other patients, and annual checks for patients over 75 on request. These are carried out by the nurses, and include blood pressure checks, urine testing and life-style advice.

We also carry out 5 yearly NHS Healthchecks to patients age 40 – 75. Patients are invited by the Public Health department at Hampshire County Council.

Smears

These are offered from the age of 25 years, every 3 years until 49 years, and every 5 years from the ages 50 to 64. It is an important cancer prevention measure for all women who have ever been sexually active. When your smear is due, you will receive a written reminder in the post. Smears can be performed by the doctors or nurses.

You will receive the result, including normal results, in the post 2 weeks later; if you have not heard by this time, please contact the surgery.

Contraception

The doctors offer advice on all forms of contraception and some fit coils.

The pill: Routine pill checks are performed by the nurses every 6-12 months.

Emergency Contraception: There are 2 kinds of emergency contraception pill, one within 72 hrs and one with 120 hrs. Also a Copper IUD (coil) can be offered where appropriate. Make an appointment to see the duty doctor asap to discuss the best method for you.

Stop smoking

Help is available from the doctors and nurses at Shepherds Spring, or from the NHS Smokefree.

Tavel vaccinations

We offer a full range of vaccinations for foreign travel. For all advice and information regarding foreign travel please make an appointment with the practice nurse 6-8 weeks before departure so that immunisation can be completed. You will be expected to fill in a travel risk questionnaire prior to your appointment so please ensure you arrive in time to complete it before the nurse sees you. Please note that not all travel vaccinations are free of charge.

Pregnancy

Ante-natal: checks are performed by the mid-wives who will discuss a number of maternity related issues with you, including ante-natal testing and where you wish to have your baby.

Births: Andover Hospital has a mid-wife run maternity unit for straightforward births and post-natal care.

Post-natal: checks for the mother are usually performed by the doctors at 6 weeks after the birth. 

Child health clinic

Child development checks, including baby checks at 6-8 weeks, are performed by Dr Thomas, Dr Galbraith and Dr Jayasoma by appointment. You will be sent a letter inviting you to attend an appointment at the surgery for a post-natal examination and baby check. Baby immunisations are by invitation on Wednesday afternoon. Please discuss with the nurses if you are unable to make this time.

Minor surgery

We offer a cryotherapy service (freezing) for warts and verrucae is run by Dr Pride at regular clinics in the surgery. The medical and nursing staff can advise you. The doctors offer joint and soft tissue injections for appropriate conditions. 

Cardiac clinic

Run by Dr Beanlands.

Asthma clinic

Run by Practice Nurses.

Diabetes clinic

Run by Dr Pawley and Sister Janet Walker by letter invitation. If you are joining the practice and have diabetes please make an appointment with Dr Pawley to co-ordinate your ongoing diabetic care. The Practice shares your diabetes related data with the Diabetic Eye Screening Programme operated by Health Intelligence (commissioned by NHS England). This supports your invitation for eye screening (where you are eligible and referred by the Practice) and ongoing care by the screening programme. This data maybe shared with any Hospital Eye Services you are under the care of to support further treatment and with other healthcare professionals involved in your care, for example your Diabetologist. For further information, take a look at Health Intelligence’s Privacy Notice on the diabetic eye screening website.

Private medicals

We offer private medicals, HGV and taxi medicals and insurance medicals. Please ask at reception.

Get Hampshire Walking

We support the “Get Hampshire Walking Campaign”, which seeks to encourage people to do more walking. Whether walking around the house, walking instead of getting the bus or using the car or getting out and about with friends in the fresh air. Did you know?

  • Walking is an easy way to get more active and prevent ill health
  • Walking can help meet new people and increase social interaction
  • Any additional walking is helpful – it doesn’t have to be long, organised walks
  • Children benefit from being more active as it can lead to increased brain activity
  • There are lots of resources to help people walk more