Keeping You Healthy
A range of services are provided to help you maintain your health. When you first register with us, we may invite you to a New Patient Medical, which is a ten minute check up carried out by our nurses/HCAs. To monitor your health our Well Woman and Well Man appointments (referred to as our MOT appointments) provide patients between 16 and 75 with a screening service aimed at reducing the risk of heart disease and strokes and other lifestyle related conditions.
The over 75s can make arrangements for a health check either at home if unwell or too frail, or at the surgery if well enough to attend. For those traveling abroad do remember Travel Vaccinations and advice are available from our practice nurses. Do ensure you leave enough time to complete a vaccination course prior to commencing your journey for maximum benefit and protection.
Long Term Conditions
For patients with long term conditions such as hypertension, diabetes and asthma, regular checks with the doctor, nurse or HCA are advised. We believe that such patients should be active in their own care so we offer information, monitoring and provide, where appropriate, access to specialist services.
Those combating depression or anxiety can be referred for counselling once assessed by the G.P. or can self refer for consideration of psychological intervention by calling IAPTS on 0118 - 976 - 9129.
We have specialised equipment aimed at making timely and accurate diagnoses of certain problems. Dr Gerard D’Cruz can offer patients an examination using ultrasound at the Eldon Square site to help aid diagnosis in some conditions & monitor antenatal progress.
Details about Child Health Clinics can be obtained from the Health Visitors on 0118 9374457. Clinicians at Pembroke Surgery have additional child health surveillance qualifications, and they oversee any Child Development Appointments. An initial first examination will be routinely carried out at eight weeks of age. Invitations to attend further routine checks with our health visitor or doctor will be sent to you when your child reaches the appropriate age. HVs manage infants with feeding problems.
We provide a full range of immunisations for all key stages in your child’s life. These start at eight weeks of age and continue up to their eighteenth year. Any concerns about immunisations should be discussed with the health visitor or practice nurse. A list for routine immunisations and age by which they should be given, can be obtained from reception.
The surgery provides routine cervical screening and advice on the full range of contraceptive options is available from any of our doctors or nurses. Long acting contraceptive implants can be fitted and removed on site and we also have access to local surgery based coil fitting services.
Maternity care is provided by all our doctors and we have a practice based midwife at our Alexandra Road site. Referrals to a consultant obstetrician are made if required and most deliveries take place at the Royal Berkshire Hospital. Home deliveries can be supported by the community midwives where medically safe to consider doing so. Please contact the health visitors, based at Hamilton Road Children’s Centre on 01189374457, for details on postnatal group for new mums.