Thame Health CentreEast StreetThame, OX9 3JZTel: 01844 261066
The Rycote Practice will be closed for essential staff training from 1pm on Tuesday 30th April for essential staff training. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience.We are aware that some patients continue to experience problems with online access. Help can be found at https://support.patientaccess.com which includes guides and video tutorials.
For convenience, we do not run a formal asthma clinic, you can simply book an appointment with one of our nursing team, Mary-Anne Osborne, Ruth Tossell or Valerie Gilbert, at a time of your choice. Please let the reception team know you are booking an asthma review.
We will invite you once a year to have a diabetic check. These can be booked with Mary-Anne Osborne or Ruth Tossell. Before you come for this check you should have blood tests so that we can see how things are going. You need to see your GP at least once a year for a medication review.
Chronic Disease Reviews
Most chronic illness is looked after by our nursing team. Although you can see anyone, our nursing team have their own areas of interest and we encourage people to try and choose a nurse who takes a particular interest in their illness.
We offer vaccinations via our nursing team including flu, pneumococcal, hepatitis B and tetanus. More information on vaccines can be found by clicking here.
In order to give you flexibility, we do not run a set clinic. Please note that we need sufficient notice to arrange your immunisations and we cannot be held responsible for problems or difficulties arising from late bookings. We are an approved Yellow Fever Centre. We offer this to our registered patients. More information is available on the above tab.
We are able to offer audiometry in the surgery for those assessed as requiring it. We also offer a syringing service, although in general it is not recommended, and we will always request you soften the wax for 2 weeks using olive oil or another product first.
We offer a variety of tests and services within the practice; amongst them are:
By offering these tests at the surgery we can help cut down visits to hospital out-patient departments.
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.
There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below
It is important to make this initial appointment as early as possible - at least 6 weeks before you travel is preferable as some immunisations take that length of time to become effective. We regret that if you do not give us a minimum of two weeks notice it is unlikely that we will be able to administer travel vaccinations for you as there as there will be insufficent time for most vaccinations to become effective.
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.
Travel Health Questionnaire
We would like to make you aware of the following points regarding travel:
Please complete this form at least 6 weeks before you travel and return to reception who will book a 20 minute appointment for you with a travel nurse. The nurse will check your records and contact you if your vaccinations are up-to-date and you therefore do not require the appointment.
Some travel vaccinations and all malaria tablets are NOT provided free by the NHS. You can view full list of travel fees here.
Payment MUST be made at our reception desk at your first appointment – cash, cheques and credit cards (excepting American Express) are all accepted.
Vaccine requires time to become effective and we may not be able to offer a travel appointment at short notice. Failure to attend your appointment may jeopardise your vaccination. Should this be the case, details of private travel clinics are available at reception.
When booking a travel appointment, we aim to provide patients with the most convenient and suitable times to fit their needs. Unfortunately time and time again many nurse appointments are wasted by people who fail to turn up for booked travel appointments. Regrettably it has become necessary to advise you that should a patient cancel at extremely short notice or fail to attend for a booked travel appointment the surgery will NOT offer a further appointment.
To help us offer the appropriate advice, please fill out the online form before coming to see the nurse.
Travel Immunisations form for Patients 2016
Some services provided are not covered under our contract with the NHS and therefore attract charges. Examples include the following:
Click here to see a list of the fees charged. They 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.
Family Planning and Contraception
We offer a full range of contraception services through the GPs and nursing team. This includes advice on contraceptive pills, injections, implants (Nexplanon), coils and barrier methods. We can also give advice and guidance on male and female sterilisation. Injections are given by our practice nurses. Implants and coils can be fitted at the practice.
We also offer coil removals and removal of implants.
Smear testing is offered in the practice by our nursing team, although GPs are also able to perform them if you wish. An appointment will automatically be sent to you by the Health Authority for your routine smear although they can be done at any time if clinically indicated.
Ante-natal care at The Rycote Practice is led by our midwife, Wendy Newby. The Thame midwives can be contacted on 01491 826037 or by leaving a message with reception staff.
Click here for more information.
After birth, the midwifery team will visit you once you are at home with your baby. They will provide support and assistance for up to 28 days after delivery. The health visitor team are available after this to provide advice, support and help for your baby and for you.
All new mums are encouraged to see their GP at 6 weeks for a check-up. You will automatically be sent an appointment.
A range of minor surgical procedures is offered including some joint injections, removal of some skin lesions and excision of some skin lumps. Many procedures are undertaken by our experienced nursing team. Please talk to one of the GPs or nurses if you would like something treated. We are unable to perform minor surgery for purely cosmetic reasons. These are 20 or 30 minute appointments and are held once a month. You may have to leave your details with reception if the surgery is fully booked.
We are currently unable to offer a service for removal of any skin lesion thought to be cancerous (these need referral and removal by an experienced dermatologist).
Sexual Health Clinic
All of the doctors and nurses at The Rycote Practice are trained to offer advice about sexual health and to take swabs to look for certain sexually transmitted infections.
Help with Weight Problems
The Rycote Practice does offer dietician support for those trying to either gain weight or lose weight. In addition for certain higher-risk patients there are medications available from your GP to help with weight loss. If you want to discuss trying to lose weight, or if you are interested in trying a weight-loss medication, please book an appointment with your GP.
Smoking Cessation Clinic
Help with Alcohol Problems
We offer both GP and specialist addictions services within the practice.
Talking Space is an NHS service offering quick and easy access to talking therapies, practical support and employment advice for any person experiencing anxiety or depression. They are a fast acting service who can work with you on the telephone or at various locations around Oxfordshire. You may self-refer for this service, please click on the link below for further information:
The Rycote Practice can provide all the immunisations currently recommended by the Department of Health (except HPV vaccination for teenage girls).
All child/baby immunisation invitations are sent out directly by Child Health Services in Oxfordshire. All child immunisations are by appointment only - please contact our Reception team to arrange a convenient time for your child to receive their vaccinations with one of our Practice Nurses on 01844 261066.
Child Health Clinic
The Child Health Clinic now runs at the Red Kite Centre. Please contact the Health Visitors on 01844 212353 for dates and times, or alternatively contact the Red Kite Centre on 01844 261163 or visit their website by clicking here.
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