Practice Updates

3rd Sep

National Blood Bottle Shortage

A supplier to the NHS has advised us of a global shortage of some equipment used for taking blood tests. Anyone who needs a test for urgent health problems, will still get one but where your clinician recommends that it’s safe to do so, then you may be asked to come back for a test at a later date, or your appointment may be rescheduled. Given the nature of the shortage, we cannot give an exact date for when the test will be rescheduled, but please be assured that if your condition or symptoms require it, then you will get a test, and we will be re-booking your test when supplies become more easily available. If your condition or symptoms change or get worse, please contact the NHS as you would normally.

19th Aug

Covid -19 vaccinations for 16-17 year olds

Covid-19 vaccinations for 16-17 year olds

 

In the coming weeks, we are starting covid vaccination clinics for our 16-17 year olds which will be based at Chipping Norton Health Centre.

These clinics are designed in a slightly different format in contrast to adult clinics, so please bear with us while we organise them in line with national guidelines.

We will contact you when the clinics are available. Please refrain from calling the surgery to enquire about these in the meantime.

Thank you for your ongoing co-operation.

20th Jul

NHS Digital Update

The current NHS Digital (NHSD) extract of GP data for Research purposes (known as the GPDPR) has been delayed due to NHSD wishing to review the way in which this data will be collected, to conduct more public involvement and information about the plans and change the way in which patients can opt out of the extract of their GP data.

 

Currently the only way to opt out is to complete a Type 1 opt out form and return this to the practice by the 1st September.  However, this extract will not be taken until the NHSD have changed the way it will take the data and respect the patient’s choice for using their data.  NHSD are introducing the following changes to the opt out process which will mean that patients will be able to change their opt-out status at any time:-

  • Patients do not need to register a Type 1 opt-out by 1st September to ensure their GP data will not be uploaded.

 

  • NHS Digital will create the technical means to allow GP data that has previously been uploaded to the system via the GPDPR collection to be deleted when someone registers a Type 1 opt-out.

 

  • The plan to retire Type 1 opt-outs will be deferred for at least 12 months while we get the new arrangements up and running and will not be implemented without consultation with the RCGP, the BMA and the National Data Guardian. 


This means that you can opt out at any time in the future and NHSD will delete data that they already have taken for research purposes, the deadline of the 01/09/2020 has been delayed until a new system of opt out is developed.  Hopefully, this will be a simple centralised approach via the NHS app or NHS website to avoid paper form and administration work for your GP.

 

We will update you when we know more about the NHSD plans to change how you can control who has access to your data.

19th Jul

Wychwood Surgery Covid Message July 17th 2021

We would like to reassure all our patients that General Practice is open and here for all who need to use our services.

 

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, our practice has remained open and here for you.

 

We have simply been doing things differently, with greater emphasis on remote assessments and inviting patients for face-to-face appointments only when necessary. But we have never closed our doors as a service; we have simply been operating in a COVID-safe way.

 

Although lockdown restrictions are easing it is still important for the safety of patients and staff that we continue to maintain a COVID- secure environment. It is hugely encouraging that the vaccination rollout has been so successful, but infection rates are still concerning and the emergence of new COVID variants poses a risk we cannot ignore. For this reason, the NHS will continue to ask patients and visitors coming to hospitals and GP practices to wear face masks when they enter the building and to socially distance. By taking these simple precautions we can work together to help prevent the further spread of infection among both patients and staff.

 

We will also continue to assess patients remotely first and will offer face-to-face appointments to those who need them. This will include people with existing medical conditions who need greater support (for example, people with learning difficulties or who may be living with hearing loss), and those who we assess to have a particular need that requires a face-to-face appointment.

 

Using telephone assessment methods means we can make sure our time is used to help each patient in the best way for their particular health concern. We would like to reassure you that we will always be working hard to put your needs, as patients, first.

 

Routine screenings, health checks and immunisations all continue to be available at your GP practice.

We are very aware how difficult the pandemic has been for many patients. We also understand that some may be frustrated at having to wait a little longer than usual for certain treatments. Similarly, our telephone lines have been far busier than usual for this time of year, and patients may find themselves on hold for longer while we deal with calls.

We would ask, however, that all patients please treat our staff with kindness and respect. General Practice has been working extremely hard and very long hours, throughout the pandemic and the recent vaccination rollout. This has been a difficult and exhausting time for many of our staff, who continue to work diligently to support all our patients.

 

We appreciate your patience and understanding in this and would like to thank our patients for their support.

 

Using NHS services

If you have any concerning or suspicious symptoms, please do not hesitate to contact us. We understand that some of you may have put off contacting your GP because of the COVID situation, for various reasons. But if you have a genuine concern, please get in touch as soon as possible. We want to help you.

 

For minor complaints, your pharmacy, the NHS111 telephone service or www.111.nhs.uk will be able to give you the help you need quickly and easily.

 

If you need urgent care please call 111 or go to www.111.nhs.uk first. These can then direct you to the most appropriate local service (for instance, a minor injury unit or A&E). please always call 999 for a life-threatening illness or injury.

 

COVID-19

If you have COVID symptoms – a high temperature, new continuous cough or loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – please make sure you get tested and continue to follow the guidance by self-isolating to help protect those you may come into contact with.

For more information about COVID-19 and how to arrange a test, please click here Coronavirus (COVID-19) - NHS (www.nhs.uk)

19th Jul

Wychwood Surgery Covid Message July 17th 2021

We would like to reassure all our patients that General Practice is open and here for all who need to use our services.

 

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, our practice has remained open and here for you.

 

We have simply been doing things differently, with greater emphasis on remote assessments and inviting patients for face-to-face appointments only when necessary. But we have never closed our doors as a service; we have simply been operating in a COVID-safe way.

 

Although lockdown restrictions are easing it is still important for the safety of patients and staff that we continue to maintain a COVID- secure environment. It is hugely encouraging that the vaccination rollout has been so successful, but infection rates are still concerning and the emergence of new COVID variants poses a risk we cannot ignore. For this reason, the NHS will continue to ask patients and visitors coming to hospitals and GP practices to wear face masks when they enter the building and to socially distance. By taking these simple precautions we can work together to help prevent the further spread of infection among both patients and staff.

 

We will also continue to assess patients remotely first and will offer face-to-face appointments to those who need them. This will include people with existing medical conditions who need greater support (for example, people with learning difficulties or who may be living with hearing loss), and those who we assess to have a particular need that requires a face-to-face appointment.

 

Using telephone assessment methods means we can make sure our time is used to help each patient in the best way for their particular health concern. We would like to reassure you that we will always be working hard to put your needs, as patients, first.

 

Routine screenings, health checks and immunisations all continue to be available at your GP practice.

We are very aware how difficult the pandemic has been for many patients. We also understand that some may be frustrated at having to wait a little longer than usual for certain treatments. Similarly, our telephone lines have been far busier than usual for this time of year, and patients may find themselves on hold for longer while we deal with calls.

We would ask, however, that all patients please treat our staff with kindness and respect. General Practice has been working extremely hard and very long hours, throughout the pandemic and the recent vaccination rollout. This has been a difficult and exhausting time for many of our staff, who continue to work diligently to support all our patients.

 

We appreciate your patience and understanding in this and would like to thank our patients for their support.

 

Using NHS services

If you have any concerning or suspicious symptoms, please do not hesitate to contact us. We understand that some of you may have put off contacting your GP because of the COVID situation, for various reasons. But if you have a genuine concern, please get in touch as soon as possible. We want to help you.

 

For minor complaints, your pharmacy, the NHS111 telephone service or www.111.nhs.uk will be able to give you the help you need quickly and easily.

 

If you need urgent care please call 111 or go to www.111.nhs.uk first. These can then direct you to the most appropriate local service (for instance, a minor injury unit or A&E). please always call 999 for a life-threatening illness or injury.

 

COVID-19

If you have COVID symptoms – a high temperature, new continuous cough or loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – please make sure you get tested and continue to follow the guidance by self-isolating to help protect those you may come into contact with.

For more information about COVID-19 and how to arrange a test, please click here Coronavirus (COVID-19) - NHS (www.nhs.uk)

8th Jul

Covid vaccinations during pregnancy

Are you, or have you been, worried about having a covid vacination whilst being prengnant?

Dr Brenda Kelly, Obsterician Consultant at OUH, explains what women who are pregnant and currently breastfeading should expect when considering the COVID-19 vaccine.

 

Please click this Link to find out more.

23rd Jun

NHS Digital Update


NHSD will not collect data from GP practices about patients who have registered a Type 1 Opt-out with their practice. More information about Type 1 Opt-outs is in the GP Data for Planning and Research Transparency Notice, including a form that you can complete and send to your GP practice.


This collection will start on 1 September 2021 so if you do not want your data to be shared with NHS Digital, please register your Type 1 Opt-out with your GP practice by 31 July 2021. If you register a Type 1 Opt out after this collection has started, no more of your data will be shared with NHSD. They will however still hold the patient data which was shared before you registered the Type 1 Opt-out.


If you don’t mind the NHS making use of your data for planning and research, but object to sharing of it with other organisations, then you only need the 2nd type of opt out:


National Data Opt-out (opting out of NHS Digital sharing your data with other organizations)


NHSD will still collect data from GP medical records about patients who have registered a National Data Opt-out. The National Data Opt-out applies to identifiable patient data about your health, which is called confidential patient information.


This opt out means NHS Digital won’t share any confidential patient information about you - this includes GP data, or other info, such as hospital data - with other organisations, unless there is an exemption.


To find out more information or register your National Opt-out, follow the link below or call the NHS Digital Contact Centre: 0300 303 5678 – Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm (excluding bank holidays).


https://digital.nhs.uk/data-and-information/data-collections-and-data-sets/data-collections/general-practice-data-for-planning-and-research/transparency-notice

23rd Jun

National Booking System (NBS) appointments at Chipping Norton Health Centre for eligible 1st dose Covid vaccination patients.

NBS Clinics are available for eligible patients from Groups 1-10. As demand is likely to be high for these appointments and the general public can book into them from anywhere in the country they are likely to be booked very quickly. Please note you will also have to book your 2nd dose appointment at the same time. Also note that you will need a booking reference number when you attend your appointment, otherwise you are likely to be turned away.


Please do not contact the practice about these clinics as we are not able to book patients into the National Booking System nor do we have any access to this system.


Update on latest Covid Vaccination Campaign Strategy


You may have seen the news about different variants of coronavirus circulating in some parts of the country.


It is important that we quickly respond to this. That is why, in line with government and JCVI (Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation) guidance, we are bringing forward when people who are at greater risk of getting seriously ill from coronavirus, get their second dose of the vaccine, if they haven’t already had it.


If you are in a higher risk group it will ensure you can get maximum protection from the virus earlier.


If you are in a higher risk group, you will be contacted with information on how you can book an earlier appointment. Please be assured we will be in touch as quickly as possible, so there is no need to contact the practice about this.


We would also strongly encourage everyone who is eligible to come forward to book their vaccination appointments – whether first or second dose - when we contact you.


You can find more information about the COVID-19 vaccination programme Book a coronavirus vaccination.


Second Dose Vaccine
The current guidance from Public Health England is that anyone aged 40 and over who has already had a first dose of an approved vaccine (Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Moderna) should be given the same vaccine at their second dose appointment, unless there are exceptional clinical circumstances which include a serious anaphylactic allergic reaction to a first dose or an extremely rare blood clotting condition.

If you have not experienced any serious clinical reactions following your first dose of vaccine, you will be given the same vaccine when you attend your second appointment. Please do not ask for an alternative vaccine as we cannot offer it.

You need to have the two doses of a vaccine to give you longer lasting protection. Please take up your second dose vaccination when you are offered it.
You can find more information about who is currently eligible for vaccination and details of the approved vaccines Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine.