Hightown SurgeryHightown GardensBanburyOxfordshire, OX16 9DBTel: 01295 270722
Blue Group Midwives - telephone number 01295 229190.
The antenatal clinic is run by the midwives from the Horton Hospital every Tuesday at the surgery. The clinic looks after pregnant patients from early pregnancy to delivery.
Asthma /COPD Care
This is provided by our practice nursing team, to help asthmatic / COPD patients monitor their conditions properly and to choose the best form of treatment for their individual circumstances.
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Monday 16:15 - 18:00, Wednesday 09:00 - 10:45
Clinics for Children Under Five Years
The clinics for children under five years are:
Tuesday 13:30 – 15:30 - Immunisation Clinic
Coronary Heart Disease Clinic
This clinic is led by our practice nursing team. It offers regular follow-up and screening to patients. Patients will be called for review.
Gina Lee is a fully trained counsellor and works part time in the practice seeing patients who are referred by their doctor for help with issues such as difficult life experiences and stress management. See our staff section for her contact details.
Please click here for further information on our Diabetic Clinic.
Monday 10:30 - 11:40, Thursday 09:00 - 10:10
Family Planning Clinic
All the doctors and practice nurses are pleased to help patients with their family planning requirements including pre-conceptual advice. We can fit coils and Implanon. We can also offer advice on emergency contraception.
Click here to download our Emergency Contraception leaflet.
NHS Health Checks
Keep Well is a health programme designed to help you keep as well as possible. Health checks may be offered to patients aged 45 - 74 to look for any warning signs of conditions such as heart disease or diabetes developing.
Smoking Cessation Clinic
Advice and support is available for those who wish to stop smoking. Contact reception to make an appointment.
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If you require any vaccinations relating to foreign travel please firstly book a travel consultation at a local travel clinic. (The travel clinic will need details of any vaccinations you have previously had. This can be obtained from via patient access online services or you can request a printed copy from Reception)
It is important to make this initial appointment as early as possible - at least 6 weeks before you travel.
Local travel clinic services are available at:
Boots Banbury - Castle Quay
Superdrug Banbury - Castle Quay
Frosts Pharmacy Banbury - Hardwick Shopping Centre
The consultant will discuss which countries and areas within countries that you are visiting to determine what vaccinations are required and will advise you on the private vaccinations you need and their costs.
Then book a 10 minute nurse appointment with us for your NHS vaccinations.
(Please ensure you bring your travel consultation paperwork with you to your appointment. We can then add this detail onto your patient record.)
There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below
At Hightown we provide the following travel vaccinations under the NHS:
The vaccinations listed below are not available under the NHS and should be provided at a local travel clinic:
Travelling in Europe
If you are travelling to Europe the EU has published useful information for travellers on the European website.
The National Health Service provides most health care to most people free of charge, but there are exceptions.Some services provided are not covered under our contract with the NHS and therefore attract charges. GP's are not employed by the NHS, they are self-employed, and they have to cover their costs-staff, buildings, heating, lighting etc. - in the same way as any small business. The NHS pays the doctor for specific NHS work, but not for non NHS. The fee has to cover the doctors costs.
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.
Examples where a patient can be charged include the following:
Examples where another company can be charged include the following:
What is covered by the NHS and what is not?
The government's contract with GP's covers medical services to NHS patients. In recent years, more and more organisations have been involving doctors in a whole range of non medical work. Sometimes the only reason that GP’s are asked is because they are in a position of trust in the community, or because an insurance company or employer wants to be sure that information provided is true and accurate
Why does it sometimes take my GP a long time to complete my form?
Time spent completing forms and preparing reports takes the GP away from the medical care of his/her patients. Most GP's have a very heavy workload - the majority of GP's work up to 60 hours a week and paperwork takes up an increasing amount of their time. In addition non-NHS work must be undertaken outside of NHS contracted time.
I only need the doctor's signature - what is the problem?
When a doctor signs a certificate or completes a report, it is a condition of remaining on the Medical Register that they only sign what they know to be true. Therefore in order to complete even the simplest of forms, the doctor needs to check the patient's entire record. Carelessness or an inaccurate report can have serious consequences for the doctor, with the General Medical Council or even the Police.
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