GP telephone consultations & advice
Appointments for acute and urgent problems
Care of long-term conditions e.g. asthma, coronary heart disease, diabetes, hypertension…
GP home visits
Minor injury treatment & advice – bumps & scrapes, cuts & bruises…
Minor surgery – joint injections, excisions…
Referrals to community and secondary care services
Ante-natal & post-natal care by GPs and midwives
Childhood development checks
Health Visitor service
Childhood hearing checks
Seasonal influenza and pneumococcal immunisations
Ill-health prevention advice
Health weight advice – BMI measurement, healthy eating, weight reduction
Smoking cessation advice
Alcohol & drug advice
Health testing & monitoring
Blood & urine testing
Cervical cytology (smear) testing
Blood pressure monitoring
On-line repeat prescription service
Links with all local pharmacies for pharmacy repeat prescription management
Sexual health & family planning
Sexual health advice
Family planning advice
Advice on termination of pregnancy
The Oxford Sexual Health Service runs clinics in Didcot – please follow the highlighted link or call 01865 231 231 for more information.
Travel advice & vaccination
Advice – immunisations & health precautions
Our Practice Nurses can offer you advice for the health aspects of your travel; they can help you to identify risks and the precautions you need to take.
Our travel form can be downloaded here: Travel Form
Alternatively, you can fill out the online travel form, by Clicking Here. This will be emailed to the surgery.
Useful travel information can also be found via the following three links:
Depression screening and care
Advice and referral to specialist services
Medicals & health reports
Occupational medicals – HGV driver, taxi driver etc.
Insurance medicals and reports
Our current price list for chargeable services may be found here: Service Price List
Other private services
Oak Tree is the home for a number of providers of private services, as follows:
Chiropody & Podiatry
Lydia Smith MSSCH MBCHA is a Chiropodist/Podiatrist registered with the Health Professions Council; she has been practising chiropody/podiatry for the past 25 years.
Lydia’s diagnosis and treatments include:
- assessment, diagnosis and treatment of foot problems such as callouses, corns, verrucas, in-growing toe nails, nail fungal infection
- monitoring and managing foot deformities, such as rheumatoid arthritis
- long term management of chronic foot disorders
- biomechanics (analysing a patient’s gait/stance) and correcting anatomical construction of the foot, by fitting orthotic appliances
- advising and treating patients, who have high risk foot problems, such as diabetics, neurovascular disease
- giving advice on general foot care
Lydia works at Oak Tree on Mondays and Wednesdays and patients interested in her services can approach her on 07714 951 591 or 01235 861 152.
A Chartered Physiotherapist treats injuries and diseases by correcting and improving the body’s own natural healing mechanisms. A wide variety of techniques and skills (mobilisation, manipulation, massage, exercises and acupuncture, sometimes aided by the use of sophisticated electronic equipment) are used to help muscles, joints, nerves and other soft tissues work to their full potential, restoring function, relieving pain and promoting healing.
Preventative measures are very important in physiotherapy. The physiotherapist will spend time teaching you how to avoid recurrence of your problem.
Initially the physiotherapist will undertake a thorough assessment of each problem; this will involve a full case history and examination usually lasting up to 45 minutes. This together with an understanding of your work, rest and recreational activities will help identify your problem(s), which in some circumstances may be situated some distance from where the pain is felt. It also ensures that the diagnosis and treatment will relate to you and your whole lifestyle. After full consultation with you and, where appropriate, with your doctor, the physiotherapist will decide on the best form of treatment. Follow up treatment sessions will normally last up to 30 minutes.
It is always advisable to seek treatment as soon as possible. Early treatment can mean a quick recovery with less time off work.
Paul Wray MSc BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy MCSP HPC is a Chartered Physiotherapist who qualified from Brunel University College (London) with a BSc (Hons) degree in Physiotherapy in 1995. After a short spell at the Hammersmith Hospital in London, he relocated to Gloucestershire and worked at the Princess Margaret Hospital in Swindon for six years, mainly in the musculoskeletal outpatient department treating a variety of conditions, working closely with the orthopaedic consultants and other members of the multidisciplinary team. His work also involved running a physiotherapy clinic in a local General Practice. He started working part-time at The Breakspeare Clinic in May 2000 but is now the co-owner of the practices. Paul also completed a Sport Science Degree in 1998 and has an MSc in Exercise and Health Behaviour from the City University, London.
Paul works at Oak Tree on Tuesdays and patients interested in his services can approach him via the Oak Tree Reception on 01235 810 099.
Osteopathy is a distinctive and complete system of health care, which aims to establish the source of and solution to a wide range of bodily problems. It focuses on the musculo-skeletal system (joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia), and considers the links between all structures and organs in making up a fully functioning body. Osteopathy deals with problems relating to all parts of the body, although it is best recognised for its ability to alleviate back and neck difficulties.
Osteopathy is applicable to all age groups, from babies to the elderly, and can have beneficial effects on almost all types of injury and pain, from trauma and sporting causes, to those related to posture and work (both sedentary and active).
On a first visit, usually lasting one hour, the osteopath establishes a clear picture of the individual; medical history, lifestyle information and anything else that may be pertinent to the presenting symptoms. This is followed by medical testing and examination of relevant systems, and a complete osteopathic examination, based on an expert knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology, ultimately leading to a diagnosis and explanation of what is going on. Consideration will be given to your individual needs and abilities, and appropriate advice may be given at this time, including remedial exercise advice, dietary and lifestyle suggestions or, if appropriate, referral to a more suitable specialist e.g. GP, podiatrist, Pilates etc.
Joints and tissues are examined for their quality of movement and texture and for evidence of inflammation or misalignment, which may be responsible for stiffness, immobility or pressure on nerves, causing pain. Osteopathic treatment approaches are extremely varied, ranging from the robust and strong, such as joint manipulation or deep tissue massage, to the gentlest traction or craniosacral techniques. Follow-up treatments will usually last 30 minutes, although this can be flexible, based on the needs of the patient and their condition.
Ruari Scott BSc (Hons) Ost is a Registered Osteopath who graduated from the British School of Osteopathy in 2003 with a First Class honours degree. He worked as an Osteopath in Edinburgh, where he also worked as a Consultant Physical medical expert for BP. He returned to the south seven years ago when he joined the Breakspeare Clinic and the Oak Tree Health Centre. Throughout these years, Ruari has always been keen on teaching, and worked for 5 years as a senior medical lecturer for the College of Naturopathic Medicine in Edinburgh, and more recently in Birmingham. He was a guest lecturer in the Complementary Therapies at Edinburgh University, and is currently an Osteopathic lecturer and tutor on the Master’s degree course at Oxford Brookes University.
Ruari has a particular interest in occupational health ergonomics. He is also interested in forging ever stronger links between Osteopathy and orthodox medical practice nation-wide, and in working in close collaboration with the many GPs and physiotherapists in Oxfordshire.
Ruari works at Oak Tree on Thursdays; patients interested in their services can approach them via the Oak Tree Reception on 01235 810 099.
Reflexology & Massage
Julie Lever FFHT RM RN is a Massage Therapist and Reflexologist who has been practising since qualifying with a diploma in Holistic Therapies in 2003. She also worked for over 35 years as a Midwife and Nurse before retiring from the NHS to go travelling to Australia and South East Asia in 2014. She has been at Oak Tree since 2006 with a break for her ‘gap year’.
Treatments include :
Aromatherapy/ Swedish and Hot Stones Massage
Pregnancy massage and Reflexology
Indian Head Massage
Julie is also qualified to teach Baby massage and Baby reflexology
For more details Julie’s website is: www.julielever.co.uk
For appointments email [email protected] or telephone 07905 897 717; She is at Oak Tree on Fridays 09:00 – 18:00, by appointment only.
Tongue Tie Clinics
Clinics start at the Health Centre towards the end of July 2016.
Eleanor May Johnson trained at Southampton General Hospital to perform tongue tie division in 2008. She is experienced in both anterior and posterior tongue tie division.
A tongue tie, also know as ankyloglossia, is caused by a short or tight membrane under the tongue the lingual frenulum. Where the membrane is attached at or close to the tongue tip the tongue tip may look blunt, forked or have a heart shaped appearance. However where the membrane is attached further back the tongue may look normal.
Tongue tie can cause inadequate tongue function causing problems with babies latching onto both breast and bottle. Tongue tie can also affect a baby’s ability to get a deep suck and latch and can lead to issues like failure to gain weight long feeds colic excessive dribbling when feeding clicking or noisy feeds as well as nipple damage and breast pain.
Tongue tie division can significantly improve breast or bottle feeding in 95% of cases.