Womens Health

Cervical Smears:

Cervical Smears are rountinely offered to women between the ages of 25 – 64. You will have a 3 year recall until the age of 49 and a 5 year recall from 50 years old and onwards.

The practice will book you in for a smear as appropriate. Cervical Smears aim to detect pre-cancerous changes.All results are sent direct to the patient.


 

Breast Screening Services:

West Berkshire Breast Screening Service has been relocated to:

21a Craven Road  (Opposite the Royal Berkshire Hospital)Reading
Berkshire
RG1 5LE

Tel: 0118 322 8282


Contraception:

All of our Doctors provide contraceptive advice. We have a clinic for advice, IUCD checks and repeat contraceptives.

DROP IN – At West Berkshire Community Hospital: 4-6.30pm on Mondays and Thursdays

These sessions are mainly for patients under 25 yrs old (male and female) for:

  • Contraceptive advice and supply
  • Chlamydia testing and treatment
  • IUD, IUS and implant assessments
  • Emergency contraception

Patients over 25yrs will be seen at the discretion of the nurse/doctor for emergency contraception or an emergency supply of pills or injections.


 

Sexual Health:

Drop in for any age on Saturday mornings 9:30am – 11:30am at West Berkshire Community Hospital (not bank holiday weekends) for full sexual health screenings, advice and treatment.

External Websites:


Smoking Advice:

Ask your Doctor or Nurse about being referred to the stop smoking service.

Useful External Links:

No Smoking Day may have gone but whenever your quit day is, browse the links on this page for motivation, information and expert advice.
Gosmokefree – This website contains detailed information about the free NHS support services.
Smoking Cessation – NHS Choices Site – if you smoke, giving up is probably the greatest single step you can take to improve your health.
Quit Org. – Quit is the independent charity whose aim is to save lives by helping smokers to stop.
Smoking Quitters Cost Tool – Calculate the money you will save with NHS Choices quitters cost calculator and plan how to spend it.
ASH – Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) is a campaigning public health charity that works to eliminate the harm caused by tobacco.
Click2Quit – With NiQuitin and a Click2Quit Plan you’re more than twice as likely to successfully quit smoking compared to willpower alone. So why wait?
Smokefree – Accommodation, Dining, Drinking and Functions in a totally Smokefree environment.


Patient Advice and Liaison Service:

PALS is the Patient Advice and Liaison Service.  Its purpose is to provide support and be a contact point for people using health services.  It is a confidential service, working in support of patients, their friends, families and carers.

When you or someone you care for is unwell it can be worrying and confusing time.  You may feel you need little extra help and advice and support.  PALS offers an informal, confidential and friendly service to guide you through NHS services.

PALS may be able to help if your query or concern is about Primary Care Services provided by:

  • GPs
  • Dentists
  • Opticians
  • Pharmacies
  • Health Visitors
  • District Nurses and School Nurses
  • Community Hospitals and Intermediate Care Service
  • Community Services such as Physio, Podiatry and Occupational Therapy

PALS Contact Details

PALS are open Monday – Friday 9.00am – 5.00pm (excluding Bank Holidays.)