28 Beaumont Street Oxford, OX1 2NPTel: 01865 311 811
New Minor Illness Clinic
If you call requesting an urgent appointment on the day the receptionist may offer you an appointment in our Minor Illness Express Clinic. You will be assessed by our Nurse Practitioner, Mrs Lynn Cross who is able to assess and treat a range of common health problems and prescribe medication if required. This Nurse has been trained to spot signs of more serious illness and will alert the Duty Doctor.
As well as providing a general practice service 28 Beaumont Street offers a range of extra clinical services which are NHS funded and CQC regulated.
See below for information on
We offer medical appointments for new born baby checks (in days 1-5 after birth) and also 6 week health checks for mothers and babies.
We also have a dedicated clinic set aside for you to bring your baby along to the surgery for their childhood vaccinations
We have baby changing facilities and space to leave buggies in the practice.
If you need a private space for feeding your baby please ask at reception and this can be arranged for you.
If your child is unwell then we are committed to making sure that your child can be seen by a doctor on the same day. Please explain to the receptionist that your child is unwell and they will arrange for you either to have an appointment or to receive a telephone call as soon as possible from one of the doctors.
Health visitors are nurses who have specialist training in child health and development. All practices in the UK have links with Health Visitor teams in the local community.
Our health visiting team are based in New Radcliffe house in nearby Jericho, Oxford.
The health visitor team are: Lesley Addison, Vanessa Campion, Elizabeth Clipson, Kathy Mumby-Croft and Lily McPeake
Telephone: 01865 903077
Their Drop in Clinics are as follows:
New Radcliffe House
Walton Street, Oxford, OX2 6NW
South Parade Clinic, South Parade
Summertown, OX2 7JN
Grandpont Children’s Centre
Whitehouse Road, OX1 4QH
North Oxford Children’s Centre
Wren Road, OX2 7SX
Elms Road Children’s Centre
Botley, OX2 9JZ
Find out more on our Children's Health Page
Detailed vaccination information is available on our Vaccinations Page
This clinic offers regular 20 minute appointments throughout the year. The clinics are managed by our specialist GP Dr Rachel Allan.
Patients are invited to have routine blood tests one week prior to the appointment so we can review the results at the clinic. They should also bring a urine sample to this appointment.
We like to see patients for a specialist review at three - six monthly intervals to ensure regular surveillance of HbA1c (glycaemic control) and kidney function, and also to advice on healthy lifestyle and diet.
We have found that attending this specialised clinic for diabetes review ensures that all the diverse issues of diabetes care are dealt with in a calm, efficient and focussed way, and strongly encourage you to use this service for the management of your diabetes.
However, diabetes care can be managed during routine appointments if the clinics are at inconvenient times for certain individuals.
Although education is the mainstay of the diabetic clinic, we are supported by other agencies like Diabetes2gether (dietary advice) and Oxford Diabetic Eye Screening Services (ODESS).
See also our Diabetes Advice
Patients with Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) are encouraged to attend annual reviews at the practice which may include peak flow monitoring, spirometry, inhaler technique, Personalized Action Plans and medication reviews.
Since the arrival of Dr Robin Carr we are able to expand the range and specialism in this area. This will also include access to other more specialised tests such as measuring exhaled nitric oxide (FENO). Dr Carr has a long experience in diagnosing and treating Asthma and COPD and he advises and teaches about respiratory disorders to other health professionals in the county.
Please specify that you require an Asthma or COPD review when you book your appointment, and you will be referred to the specialist clinic. We will also encourage you to have a Flu vaccination as these are of great benefit. And don’t be surprised if we ask about smoking, whether your own or passive; this too can make a huge difference.
For more information on Asthma and COPD see the advice to be found here
FENO is very good at helping to make decisions about inhaled steroid use; when to use it, increase it or reduce it. It is something he is interested in using general practice. It is a simple, gentle, blowing test; that can be done by children as young as 5 years old. You will need to discuss this with him as it is not suitable on everyone.
We are able to offer certain minor surgical procedures within our practice. All our doctors run minor surgery clinics supported by our practice nurses.
The kinds of ailments that can be dealt with on-premises include the removal of skin lesions (moles and warty growths), sebaceous cysts, and the drainage of skin abscesses, all under local anaesthetic.
Regrettably we do not perform cryosurgery for warts and veruccas and minor surgery for purely cosmetic reasons, as this is not supported by the NHS.
Before you undergo a minor procedure you will get a full explanation of the planned procedure, and you will also be required to sign a consent form.
Oxford University Boat Club
The practice doctors serve as medical officers to the Oxford University Boat Club male and female crews. This includes offering health screening for the elite athletes who are selected for the OUBC squad. Dr Matthew Easdale is the practice lead doctor for OUBC
If you suffer a sports injury we would encourage you to make an appointment as soon as possible. We have a close relationship with the local sports medcine department (OXSPORT), physiotherapy, and orthotic services and will do our best to facilitate your treatment wherever possible.
As a result of our links with OUBC, the practice has experience in dealing with sports injuries and managing back, joint, tendon and ligament disorders. Time should be allowed for a good history and examination, so please request a double appointment if you feel this might be necessary.
Drs Matthew Easdale is trained in administering cortisone injections. These can be given in the surgery by prior arrangement.
Xrays can be arranged on the day they are requested. Ultrasound scans, bone scans and MRIs take longer (a few days to weeks) to arrange on the NHS depending on their urgency.
THere are a range of NHS funded options available to patients who require psychological interventions. These services include:
If you require any vaccinations relating to foreign travel you need to make a travel appointment with the practice nurse to discuss your travel arrangements. You will need to be ready to explain which countries and areas within countries which you are visiting so we can advise you appropriately and also let you know what vaccinations are required.
It is important to make this initial appointment as early as possible - at least 6 weeks before you travel - as a second appointment will be required with the practice nurse to actually receive the vaccinations. These vaccines may have to be ordered as they may not be held within our stock vaccines. Your second appointment needs to be at least 2 weeks before you travel to allow the vaccines to work.
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. A summary of our private fees and charges can be found here: Summary of 28 Beaumont Street vaccine charges
28 Beaumont Street General Travel Advice
More General Health Advice For Travellers
There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below
The NHS Scotland Fit for travel website is an excellent reliable resource for up to date travel information.
The National Travellers Health Network and Centre (see NATHNAC website ) offers very comprehensive health advice according to the area you plan to visit
The foreign and commonwealth office has a useful website offering general travel advice http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/travel-and-living-abroad/
We have a number of non NHS funded therapists who work from 28 Beaumont Street, and their details are listed below. We very much value working alongside these highly professional people who can offer alternative insights and experience into healthcare which is not currently available as part of routine NHS care.
If you are interested in any of these therapies please contact the individual practitioner directly to arrange an introductory consultation.
Please note. These therapists are not part of the practice team, and not funded by the NHS. For this reason they are not regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
Each of the therapists listed below are members of a reputable professional body which holds regulatory oversight for the performance of practitioners on its register. They all d hold up to date insurance for their clinical practice. In the case of the acupuncture practitioners, their clinic rooms have been approved by the Oxford City Council for the practice of acupuncture.
The 28 Beaumont Street Practice cannot take responsiblity for the therapies which are offered in the practice by the private practitioners, but if you have any concerns about their care please discuss with the practice manager, Jane Belcher, who will support you in contacting the relevant professional body for the therapist if necessary.
Dr Patricia Ridsdale MBChB DRCOG MRCGP FFHom
Dr Patricia Ridsdale has been working as a homeopathic medical doctor for 12 years and is committed to the highest possible quality of classical homeopathic care as a holistic physician. She takes a whole person view of illness and advises on both acute and chronic illness, using a range of integrated, holistic complementary therapies, including homeopathy, acupuncture and nutrition. She is a highly qualified medical homeopath, being a Fellow of the Faculty of Homeopathy and on their specialist register.
Dr Ridsdale has been a General Practitioner in the Basingstoke area for 25 years and maintains her GP qualifications.
Dr Ridsdale runs a clinic in Oxford on one Tuesday per month. For more information telephone The Natural Practice on 01962 856310 or visit the website www.thenaturalpractice.com
Kay Lynn UKCP MA MPhil
Kay Lynn has an MA in Gestalt Psychotherapy and is UKCP registered. She retired as a Director and Tutor at the Gestalt Centre, London in July 2009. Kay holds an MA and MPhil in Contemporary Dance and is trained in Authentic Movement. She integrates her arts background with her therapeutic approach, supporting creativity through bodywork and the arts. Her other area of interest is in working with difference and identity. She works with individuals, groups and offers supervision.
Tel: 01491 651628
Laurence Lemoine BSc (Hons) LicAc MBAcC
Laurence Lemoine graduated from the College of Chinese Medicine in Reading in 2006 and has been in practice continually since then. She is registered with the British Acupuncture Council and is fully insured. She is bound by strict codes of Ethics and Practice.
She practises Traditional Chinese Medicine and Five Elements acupuncture. Both approaches help to restore and preserve health by using acupuncture points spread along the meridians of the body. During the first session, Laurence uses a number of different diagnostic methods to obtain a complete picture of your health and lifestyle, including taking a full medical history, feeling your pulses, and looking at your tongue. A personal treatment plan based on this information is then put together.
The frequency and number of sessions depend on your individual condition: some change is usually felt within five or six treatments. Pain relief is usually obtained quickly when treating musculoskeletal conditions. The needles used are single-use, sterile and disposable.
Laurence is bilingual French/English and also has a good knowledge of Spanish. She runs her practice in Oxford on Tuesdays and Thursdays. She offers a 20-minute meeting, free of charge, to discuss whether acupuncture is right for your condition.
She can be contacted at:
Landline: 01865 728696
Other Link: British Acupuncture Council www.acupuncture.org.uk
Mary Heneghen BA (Hons) MA MSc LicAc MBAcC
Mary has been practising acupuncture in the Oxford area since 1999 and is happy to see new patients at 28 Beaumont St. She is a member of the regulating body, the British Acupuncture Council and fully insured. Before training in acupuncture, she studied Medicine (completing 4 years of a 6 year course at Oxford University) and Psychology (obtaining a Masters in Psychology from Oxford).
She is trained in both Traditional Chinese Medicine and Five Element acupuncture, which are slightly different approaches within acupuncture. The former is focused more on treating symptoms and the latter is more concerned with treating the overall balance and well-being of the person (enabling them to restore their own health). So they work well together. More information about acupuncture can be found on her website below.
She explains that acupuncture is an ancient technique, which has developed over hundreds of years in the different cultures it has been practised in, to the body of information and techniques that we use today. The primary focus of acupuncture treatment is to rebalance the energy of the body and mind. Through this, a wide variety of symptoms can be alleviated, particularly those made worse by stress.
Mary also teaches weekly sessions and longer workshops of kum nye yoga and meditation, a practice of mindfulness through movement originating from the Tibetan medical and Buddhist traditions. (Further information can be found on the website.) Her husband is a doctor and Professor of Evidence-Based Medicine at Oxford, which means she keeps up to date with current medical approaches. And she is very happy to work alongside other medical practitioners for the welfare of shared patients.
To make an appointment, or ask for further information, please contact her directly on:
Tel: 01865 723619 or 07967 757477
Penny Ling BA(Hons) DHP, CBT(Hyp), SFBTSUP, MNCH, CNHC(reg), AfSFH(Exec)
Penny Ling graduated from the Clifton Practice Hypnotherapy Training School in Bristol in 2007 and has been in practice continually since then. She is registered with the National Council Hypnotherapy, The association for Solution Focused Hypnotherapy and Complementary Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC), is fully insured and is bound by strict codes of ethics and practice. She also uses outcome ratings, which are measurements as laid down by the centre of clinical excellence.
She practices Solution Focused Hypnotherapy, which is forward looking and helps people focus on and achieve goals they want to set instead of going over and over a problem with no resolution. Hypnosis is not only deeply relaxing but helps address the subconscious mind to make changes to behaviour or thinking patterns.
An initial consultation with an individual will allow the history of the problem, and previous problems to be discussed, then goals for therapy agreed on. There is an explanation of how the brain works and how hypnotherapy and solution focused therapy can help change the way you think about problems.
Sessions are an hour long and will be part solution focused psychotherapy and part hypnosis. Outcomes and scaling is used throughout which is a measurement on how you are progressing and which areas need to be worked on.
Other link: www.afsfh.com
Schedule of Private Fees (updated March 2014)
Except in the case of a genuine emergency. private charges for medical services apply to many non NHS patients (who are not from the European Union) and also to a range of more administrative tasks which a doctor’s surgery may be requested to perform:
Find out more link to BMA page on "Why do GPs charge fees?"
Private doctor’s Consultation
Private nurse Consultation
Private home visit (first 15 mins)
Private home visit (subsequent 15 mins
Electrocardiogram with printout of result
Taking of blood test and printout of result (does not include
cost of analysis: see below)
Analysis of pathology samples and blood tests: prices vary according to test
(these are sent to John Radcliffe Hospital and prices will be derived from the current hospital tariff for pathology samples)
Vaccinations (for more full list see under Travel Vaccinations)
Meningitis vaccination ACWY for travel (single shot)
Rabies vaccination (course of three shots)
Hepatitis B vaccination for travel (course of three shots)
Hepatitis B booster for travel (single shot)
Yellow Fever vaccination
Only available at 19 Beaumont Street practice (01865 240501)
Japanese encephalitis vaccination
( course of two shots )
Fitness to Travel, Driving Licence and Passport Form
(N.B. for passport form the doctor needs to have known
the patient for over 2 years.)
Holiday Cancellation Letter
£15 - £30
Short Letter / Form filling /certificate
Character reference (eg for shotgun licence or job)
More complicated certificate
up to £55.00
Full Medical examination and report
Medical report – no examination (30minutes) 
Medical report on proforma (20 minutes) 
Access to computerised records under Data Protection Act
Access to paper records under Data Protection Act
Extract from records
£50.00 or 30p/sheet
PSV/LGV medical and report (paid for by individual) for DVLA
PSV/LGV medical and report (paid for by local authority)
Other medical certification for fitness to drive
up to £80.00
Private prescription fee (for travel medications only) (n.b. the patient will also have to pay the pharmacist for the cost price of the medication)
 NB reduced fees will be offered to NHS and local authority employees
 NB reduced fees will be offered to NHS and local authority employees
 NB reduced fees will be offered to NHS and local authority employees
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