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Minor Injury Service

Monday - Friday, 8.00am - 6.30pm

We run minor injuries unit for the local area; it is open to anyone, regardless of which GP practice they are registered with.

We can care for most 'walking wounded' injuries sustained within the previous 48 hours. Major fractures, bleeds or head injuries will be quickly sent to the full A&E department in Basingstoke.

Once registered at reception, most patients are seen within 10 minutes by a duty nurse, who can deal with a wide range of problems.  If your condition is more complex you will see our duty doctor. The time you wait will depend on other casualties, but you will be seen as soon as possible and kept informed if there is likely to be a wait. We have a great deal of trauma care experience within the practice. We have access to x-ray facilities at our local hospital (9.00 - 5.00).

Contraception

The practice offers a full range of contraception services; confidentially, free and to all ages. Unplanned pregnancies are extremely stressful and it is always difficult to decide what to do. Whether you choose to keep the baby or go for a termination (BPAS), your life will be changed for ever. This is one instance when "prevention is better than cure".

Your doctor, and Sisters Thoma and Frater in the Well Woman, clinic will be happy to discuss any of the options (find out about contraception options here).

Emergency Contraception

If you have had unprotected sex and may be at risk of unwanted pregnancy please ask for help within 72 hours or, ideally, as soon as possible.

Emergency contraception prevents conception after sex without causing an abortion. This can be done by taking tablets or by fitting an intrauterine contraceptive device (coil). There are two types of tablet available. The most recent advance is Levonelle which is the safest, easiest to use and remarkably free of side effects. You can only use tablets if you take them within 72 hours of unprotected sex and you have not had any other episodes of unprotected sex since your last period. Occasionally, it may be more appropriate to offer to fit an intrauterine contraceptive device (coil) and if so, this will be discussed with you.

Like all consultations, requests for emergency contraception are completely confidential. Please never be put off consulting if you are told that your doctor is fully booked. A polite but insistent request for a same day appointment with our practice sister or doctor is all that is required.

Local chemists can also provide free emergency contraception for under 25 year olds. To find other local services try www.ruthinking.co.uk  or NHS111 on 111. Following treatment we would like to see you again to discuss ongoing contraceptive care or if you have any worries after taking emergency contraception.

Chlamydia Screening

Chlamydia is the most common sexually transmitted infection, most people not realising they have it. It is easily treated. In women, if left untreated, it can make future pregnancy difficult or impossible.

The practice is part of a chlamydia screening programme for young people (men and women aged 16–25 years). You can be tested, whether or not you have symptoms. The test is either a urine test or, if female, a self-taken vaginal swab.

If the result is positive they will be contacted confidentially to arrange treatment. You can obtain a test pack from a GP, a nurse or from reception.

Wound Care (ulcer) Clinic

This is run by the Community Nursing team based at Alton Community Hospital, but our practice nursing team is the first port fo call if you have an ulcer or other non-healing wound developing.  Many wounds can be healed quite quickly without the need for this specialist clinic.

The clinic provides a full assessment, help, support, advice including educational material, treatment and, if necessary, referral to a vascular consultant.

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