To schedule an appointment, you are able to book online via Or feel free to liaise with the administrator on 07515 560870 or via email@example.com. Clinics are held on Saturdays at Woodlands Medical Centre in Didcot but we do offer virtual appointments on request.
The service is open to any women who have concerns or who are seeking treatment to deal with the menopause. As Dr Barber is a registered NHS GP the only exception is that any patients registered at Woodlands Medical Centre in Didcot are unable to see her privately in the clinic as this would breach NHS rules.
An initial consultation is £250, with subsequent consultations £195. Blood tests may be required as part of your specialist care, these may be necessary to assess other issues that may be contributing to your symptoms or to assess any treatment suggested. Please see the blood tests section on the website for costs. In the majority of cases blood tests are not required to diagnose the menopause or perimenopause.
Consultations take place at Woodlands Medical Centre in Southern Oxfordshire. Ample free parking is available, including disabled parking and the clinic is conveniently located for access to public transport, less than an hour from London and under two hours from Birmingham. We provide an air-conditioned consulting suite and waiting area. Visit our contact page for further details and our location map.
The practice is easily accessed by wheelchair via a ramp from the car park. There is a lift to access the first floor waiting and consulting rooms with toilet facilities on both the ground and first floor. If you have any particular requirements, please inform us of these in advance of your appointment so we can do our best to accommodate your needs.
To ensure the highest quality of care we prefer to see patients face to face. Your initial appointment may require examination and, in some cases, blood tests to complete a thorough assessment and provide the most appropriate advice, maintaining the high standards we wish to achieve in the clinic. On request, we do have the option to provide a remote (virtual) consultation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07515 560870 if you wish to discuss this option with us.
You do not need a letter of referral from your GP or specialist to be seen in the clinic. Most women self-refer. If you do have any information or blood results from other consultations then it is useful to bring copies of these with you to the appointment.
After the initial assessment, most women will be reviewed in 3 months. Thereafter women may be reviewed at 3-6 month intervals until treatment is optimised. Once treatment is optimised, annual review is usually all that is required either in the clinic or with your usual NHS GP.
You will receive a letter within 48 hours of your appointment in the clinic. This will detail the consultation and treatment provided. You are welcome to share this with your NHS GP, if you would like us to send your GP a copy of the letter directly, please let the clinician know. All our blood testing is performed by The Doctor’s Laboratory. As soon as results are available, Dr Barber will review and comment on the results. You will receive a letter with the results and the doctor’s comments.
In the clinic we discuss both hormonal (HRT) and non-hormonal treatment options. There are other aspects of the menopause that we review in the clinic which may need other treatments. In addition, some women are unable to take HRT due to other medical issues or choose not to take HRT, treatment discussions are individualised to the patient and we will explore all options at your appointment.
For some women, testosterone therapy is needed alongside HRT to improve libido (sex drive), sexual function, mood, concentration and energy. At the moment, there are no licensed female preparations of testosterone available on the NHS in the UK. NHS clinics commonly use products manufactured and approved for men at very low doses. In this clinic we prescribe a testosterone cream, AndroFeme, which is specifically made for women in Australia. This is available via private prescription from the clinic.
In the majority of patients, the clinic will prescribe medication for a 3 month period. Most of the medication prescribed in the clinic is available on the NHS and therefore subsequent prescriptions can be obtained from your usual NHS GP via NHS prescription. Some women however choose to continue receiving their medication by private prescription from the clinic. Costs of treatment vary depending on the type of medication prescribed, on average £15 per item. Testosterone therapy is more expensive costing around £80 for a tube of cream which lasts 3-4 months depending on dosage. A prescription dispensing fee of £35 will be charged for each private prescription (one fee regardless of number of items prescribed).
Responses to HRT/non-hormonal treatment options are extremely variable. Some women find they notice an improvement very quickly (within a few weeks) whereas others find it can take some months for the full benefit to be evident. We would encourage women to continue for 3 months with any therapy suggested before considering an alternative.
Many clients obtain an NHS prescription from their usual GP and a local pharmacy can then dispense the medication. An alternative is to use an online pharmacy to dispense the medication with a prescription from either the NHS GP or this clinic. Testosterone cream is not able to be prescribed via this route as it only available privately. Oxford Menopause works closely with The Independent Pharmacy who are able to dispense testosterone cream, some clients also prefer to use this pharmacy to obtain all their medication.
There are various websites which offer extensive information about the menopause. For more information please visit the following websites: womens-health-concern.org daisynetwork.org menopausematters.co.uk