Alternatives to Visiting the Surgery




Minor Ailments and Conditions

You can get rapid advice and treatment from your local pharmacy. The pharmacist can prescribe medicines for the following conditions (normal charges and exemptions apply):

  • Earache
  • Teething and nappy rash
  • Threadworms
  • Hay fever
  • Athlete's foot
  • Diarrhoea
  • Skin rashes, impetigo
  • Eye infections
  • Cold sores and mouth ulcers
  • Coughs, colds, sore throats, blocked nose
  • Thrush and uncomplicated urinary tract infections

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Find your nearest pharmacist


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Babies, Children & Parenting

If you already have a named health visitor you can go straight to them for advice and guidance on issues such as:

  • Growth and development of your child
  • Childhood conditions, allergies and infections
  • Breastfeeding, bottle feeding and weaning
  • Teething
  • Post-natal depression and parental mental and physical health
  • Child behaviour issues eg sleeping, eating, tantrums
  • Support with parenting, family health and relationships
  • Monday – Friday 09:00 – 17:00 Phone: 01865 903 920

Community Nursing Support

If you are a housebound patient you can get direct help with:

  • Wound care
  • End of life care
  • Continence assessment
  • Equipment assessment
  • Care at home after hospital discharge
  • Call the District Nurse team on: 01235 512799

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Minor Injuries: adults and children aged 3+

 Minor injury units (MIUs) are able to help if you suffer:

  • Foreign bodies e.g splinters
  • Minor head injuries 
  • Muscle or joint injury, sprain, strain
  • Minor scalds and burns
  • Broken bone / fracture
  • Cuts, grazes, wounds
  • Skin complaint - insect/animal/human bite or sting
  • Localised allergic reactions and infections
  • Minor eye injuries and infections
  • Emergency contraception

Contact your nearest MIU: Marcham Road, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 1AG. Telephone: 01235 205700


Mental Wellbeing Concerns

Organisations that can help can be found here 

Psychological support for adults can be provided by TalkingSpace without needing a referral: Telephone: 01865 901222


Sexual health advice & treatments

Telephone: 01865 231231

Visit the Oxfordshire Sexual Health Service

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Services provided include:

  • Information and advice on sexual health
  • Testing for and treatment of sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
  • Screening for infections and support after sexual assault / rape
  • HIV/AIDS advice and testing
  • Contraception, including emergency contraception
  • Condoms

Under 25s Sexual Health Service


Social Services

For support with Care, Occupational Therapy and Dementia advice issues contact Social Services:  Telephone: 0845 050 7666



See our self-help centre for more information.

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Life-Threatening Conditions

Always dial 999 for life-threatening conditions such as:

  • Severe chest pain
  • Severe difficulty breathing
  • Unconsciousness
  • Severe loss of blood
  • Severe burns or scalds
  • Choking
  • Suspected stroke
  • Fitting or concussion
  • Drowning
  • Severe allergic reactions