Swallowfield SurgeryTel: 0118 988 3134
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Arborfield branch surgeryTel: 0118 988 3134
We provide a wide range of clinics and other services. For an appointment or further details please see below or telephone 0118 988 3134.
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We advise that you take pre-conceptual folic acid supplements and take extra care over smoking, alcohol and medication.
If you have an on-going medical condition and are newly pregnant, please see your doctor as soon as possible in an ordinary surgery so that a plan for your pregnancy can be made.
All newly pregnant women will need to make a booking appointment at Swallowfield surgery with the midwife between 8 & 11 weeks. This will take about one hour and the midwife will discuss with you your medical history and previous pregnancies, if any. Knowledge of family illness or inherited conditions will be useful, so please ask your relatives if there is family history of illness, e.g. diabetes or blood pressure, or if any children have been born with a physical or mental abnormality.
The following is a schedule of care provided (in line with the recommendations of the National Institute for Clinical Excellence) by the team at Swallowfield once pregnancy has been confirmed (these are the minimum – we are happy to see patients at any time during their pregnancy):
6-7 weeks Appointment with GP
8-10 weeks Booking appointment with the midwife.
11-14 weeks Ultrasound scan at the hospital to confirm dates and check for Down’s syndrome and Edwards Pataus Syndrome
15-16 weeks Antenatal examination with the midwife.
20 weeks Ultrasound scan at the hospital to check for any major abnormalities and to check growth. You should now book for your pertussis vaccination (whooping cough)
25 weeks Antenatal examination with the doctor (optional for 2nd babies). Mat B1 certificate issued.
28 weeks Antenatal examination with the midwife. Bloods taken for iron levels, blood group and antibodies, plus gestational diabetes if appropriate.
34 weeks Antenatal examination with the midwife (book a double appointment). Blood taken to check iron levels.
36 weeks Antenatal examination with the doctor.
38 weeks Antenatal examination with the midwife.
40 weeks Antenatal examination with the midwife.
41 weeks Antenatal examination with the midwife.
Antenatal classes are held for first time mothers in particular. Your midwife will be able to give you more details of when and where these are held.
Click here for our Pregnancy Care Planner
The Health Visitors support families with children aged under 5.
Local Health Visitor baby clinics are held:
Contraceptive advice is provided by all the doctors or practice nurses during surgery hours.
Our GPs normally carry out a full medical examination on all babies at 6 to 8 weeks, during your postnatal visit. The Health Visitor may target your child for further reviews at 9 months and at 2½ years. If you have any concerns about your child's health or development the health visitors and doctors will be able to advise you.
We recommend that your child is immunised against serious disease as per the NHS recommended schedule:
At 8 weeks from birth – a single injection against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio and Hib. and Hep B, two further injections against pneumococcal infection and meningitis B, and an oral vaccine against rotavirus
At 12 weeks – a single injection against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio and Hib., Hep B and an oral vaccine against rotavirus
At 16 weeks – a single injection against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio and Hib. and Hep B, and two further injections against pneumococcal infection and meningitis B
At 12 months – a single injection against Hib. and meningitis C, a single injection against measles, mumps and rubella, and two further injections against pneumococcal infection and meningitis B
When 2, 3 or 4 years old on 1st September – a single nasal spray against influenza (injection available if nasal spray unsuitable)
At 3 years 4 months or soon after – a single injection against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and polio and a further single injection against measles, mumps and rubella
12 - 13 years old (girls) – a course of injections against HPV to protect against cervical cancer (given at school)
Around 14 years old – a single injection against tetanus, diphtheria and polio and a further injection against meningitis ACWY (given at school)
Our practice nurses welcome the opportunity to offer you the following services:
The practice nurses are available daily and will be happy to discuss other health matters.
Smoking Cessation Clinic
Swallowfield Medical Practice is a registered Stop Smoking Centre. Clinics are held every Monday afternoon. If you wish to take advantage of this service please contact reception. The smoking cessation clinic offers:
20 minute appointments for up to 12 consecutive weeks with a fully trained counsellor
Nicotine replacement therapy is available through this clinic.
Our doctors are able to carry out minor surgical procedures by appointment, instigated by your GP.
Citizens Advice run a periodic outreach ‘clinic’ at Swallowfield surgery. Please ask at reception for further details.
Community navigators are available to help and support patients, getting them involved in local communities and signposting them to different voluntary organisations.
If you need support or information eg you may be a carer or have been diagnosed with a long term condition, you can contact the scheme directly on 01344 383515 or go to www.involve.community. The community navigators also hold periodic clinics at the Swallowfield surgery - speak to reception if you would like to book an appointment.
If you require any vaccinations relating to foreign travel you need to make an appointment with the practice nurse to discuss your travel arrangements. This will include which countries and areas within countries that you are visiting to determine what vaccinations are required.
It is important to make this initial appointment as early as possible - at least 8 weeks before you travel - as a second appointment will be required with the practice nurse to actually receive the vaccinations. These vaccines have to be ordered as they are not a stock vaccine. Your second appointment needs to be at least 2 weeks before you travel to allow the vaccines to work.
Some travel vaccines are ordered on a private prescription and these incur a charge over and above the normal prescription charge. This is because not all travel vaccinations are included in the services provided by the NHS. Details are available from reception or the Nurse
There is a global shortage of both Hepatitis A and B vaccines. We are currently unable to source either of these vaccines for travel purposes and would advise patients to contact our local travel vaccination clinics who may have larger stocks of these:
Boots, Broad Street - 0118 9571135
Superdrug, Broad Street - 0333 3111007
MASTA, Reading - 0330 1004292
There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below:
Travelling in Europe
If you are travelling to Europe the EU has published useful information for travellers on the European website.
Some services provided are not covered under our contract with the NHS and therefore attract charges. Examples include the following:
Note there is a minimum fee of £25 for any form. Please allow at least 5 working days turnaround.
Our fees are based on the BMA (British Medical Association) suggested scales and our reception staff will be happy to advise you about them along with appointment availability. A list of our charges can be found below
Fees price list
Please telephone Reception (0118 988 3134) for further information.
If you are looking after a relative, friend or neighbour or a child who needs extra help, you are a carer. Please let us know if you are a carer so that we can include you in our register, as help may be available to you.
Please also see the Carers Direct link under 'Further Information' on the right hand side of this page. ð
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