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To reduce the spread of the virus we are discouraging patients attending the surgery unless you have had a triaged appointment confirmed.  If you require repeat medication please sign up for patient access or contact or telephone 01372 844000.  Specimens  can be put through the surgery letterbox before 10.45am Mon- Friday.

This measure has been implemented as a temporary measure to protect both our patients and staff.

Thank you for your understanding and co-operation.



What are the symptoms? Symptoms include:

  • Fever.
  • Dry cough.
  • Difficulty breathing.
  • Severe acute respiratory infection (including shortness of breath, dry cough or sore throat).
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Sweating and shivering.
  • Headaches and muscle aches.
  • Pneumonia symptoms – increasing cough and shortness of breath, sometimes with blood-stained or rust-coloured sputum

Who is at risk? You are at increased risk if you:

  • Have been in an area where the virus could have been acquired in the last fourteen days (eg Wuhan).
  • Have had contact with someone with a confirmed case of coronavirus in the last fourteen days.
  • Are a healthcare worker caring for people with severe respiratory infections.
  • Have flu-like symptoms and have had contact with a hospital in an affected country or had contact with markets selling animals or fish in Hubei province in the last 14 days.


How do I get help if I think I might be affected? According to Public Health England’s guidance:

  • You should stay indoors and avoid contact with other people.
  • You should not attend your GP practice – they are not equipped to handle cases of this coronavirus as you will need specialist testing and care.
  • You should call 111 for advice – make sure you let them know if you’re in one of the at risk groups above.
  • You (or the clinician) should call ahead before going to hospital and let them know you think you may be affected.
  • You should not use public transport or taxis to get to the hospital.
  • You will need to be put into isolation away from other patients and staff.
  • When you arrive, you will need to expect the team treating you to wear protective equipment until the infection has been ruled out or confirmed.


PPG Information - Would you like to join our Patient Participation Group?  Would you like to join the committee or become a member?   Please click on the link below to find out more.

FOOD BANK - We are now a drop off point for the food bank if you would like to make a donation to help local families in Oxshott and Cobham.  Items required this month are tinned vegetables, tinned custard, tinned tomatoes, UHT milk, fruit juice or squash.  Please ensure no food is out of date with a minimum 3 month expiry date.  All donations are greatly appreciated.

Health Advice For 16-25 Year Olds

If you are aged between 16 and 25 years old, we recommend that you read the information on this page:

You will find everything from relationship and sexual health advice to confidential Sexually Transmitted Disease (STI) testing and access to free contraception.

With more and more cases of sexually transmitted infections (STI) being diagnosed, the chances of picking up an STI may be greater than you think.

Watch a video about sexually transmitted infections

As well as unpleasant symptoms, STIs have consequences. Even those without obvious symptoms may cause infertility and other long-term health damage.

According to the Health Protection Agency, more than a third of the 400,000 new cases of STIs reported in the UK in 2008 were in young people aged 16 to 24. 

Whether you’re single or in a new relationship, the message is clear: if you’re sexually active, the best way to reduce the likelihood of getting an STI is always to use a condom.


Chlamydia is the most common STI among young people (genital warts is the second most common). It often has no symptoms and, if left untreated, can lead to infertility for both men and women.

You can only be sure you don't have chlamydia by taking a test. Male and female students under the age of 25 can get tested for chlamydia free on the NHS at various places including their GP, a community contraceptive clinic (family planning clinic), a genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinic and some pharmacies.

If the test is positive, chlamydia is easily treated with antibiotics, which are free from the places listed above. 

There is also an oral antibiotic available without a prescription from pharmacies to treat chlamydia. The azithromycin pill (Clamelle) is available to over-16s who test positive for the infection and have no symptoms, and for their sexual partners. You will have to pay for this treatment.

To find out more, call the National Chlamydia Screening Programme helpline on 0800 567 123, or go to the National Chlamydia Screening Programme website.

Other common infections

Other common STIs among students include genital warts, genital herpes and gonorrhoea. HIV infection is less common but does happen in young people. In 2009, under-25s made up 11% of all new cases in the UK.

Most of these infections can be prevented by using condoms. Choose ones that carry the British Kitemark or European CE mark, which are recognised quality standards.

"Some people think that if they test negative for chlamydia, they’re OK," says Dr Alyson Elliman, spokesperson for the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

"But be aware that other STI's, such as gonorrhoea, can be symptomless too. Ideally, you should combine safe sex with regular sexual health check-ups, especially in the early stages of a new relationship."

Choosing contraception

Contraception and contraceptive advice is free for students in the UK. With 15 methods of contraception to choose from, there should be one that’s right for you. If you choose one that fits with your lifestyle, you’ll be more likely to use it properly and it will be more effective.

Long-acting, reversible contraceptives, such as injections, the implant (also called Implanon), IUD (intrauterine device, sometimes known as a coil) and Mirena IUS (intrauterine system, or hormone-releasing coil) could be a good choice for female students.

"They’re the most effective types of contraception and they work for months or years at a time without you needing to remember to take a pill every day," she says.

If you use a continuous method of contraception for birth control, combine it with using a condom to prevent STIs with new partners. You can get contraception for free from:

  • any GP
  • community contraceptive clinics
  • some GUM clinics
  • sexual health clinics (these offer contraceptive and STI testing services)
  • Brook advisory centres (for under-25s)


Emergency contraception

This is contraception you can use to reduce the possibility of pregnancy when you've had unprotected sex or when you think your usual method might not have worked. There are two types of emergency contraception:

  • the emergency contraceptive pill (sometimes called the morning-after pill)
  • the emergency IUD

The pill needs to be taken as soon as possible after unprotected sex. It works best within the first 24 hours, but it is licensed for use up to 72 hours afterwards and still has an effect for up to 120 hours.

You can get the emergency pill free from the sources of free contraception listed above. In addition, some accident and emergency units provide the emergency contraception pill for free. Women can buy the emergency pill from most pharmacies. It costs around £26.

The IUD may prevent an egg being fertilised or implanted in your uterus. It needs to be inserted by a specially trained doctor or nurse within five days of sex, but could be inserted later depending on your menstrual cycle. If you think you’ve left it too late, it’s still worth discussing the options with a doctor or nurse.

Most community contraceptive clinics and GP surgeries will have at least one doctor or nurse who is able to fit an emergency IUD. It’s a good idea to telephone first to check. You can also use the IUD as an ongoing contraceptive method.

Unplanned pregnancy

It’s common to feel shock and panic when facing an unplanned pregnancy. Professionals are on hand to give information and support. The three choices are to keep the baby, have an abortion, or have the baby and have it adopted or fostered.

It can be a difficult and complicated decision and it may help to talk to someone. You can get impartial advice from your GP, a community contraception clinic, Brook advisory centre or other young person’s service.

To get an abortion free on the NHS, you will need to be referred by a doctor. This can be your own GP, or a doctor at a local community contraception clinic, sexual health clinic or Brook advisory centre.

Read more about abortion.

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