Missed breast screening invitations
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced that since 2009 because of a computer error thousands of women aged 68-71 did not receive an invitation to be screened for breast cancer.
People will understandably be concerned and anxious. For women who have been affected the advice from Public Health England is:
- If you have been affected and are under the age of 72 you should receive a letter inviting you to an appointment for a catch up mammogram.
- All women affected will receive a letter from the end of May.
- Women over the age of 72 can contact the breast screening helpline number 0800 169 2692 to talk through the pros and cons of having breast screening.
You can find out more information at the NHS Choices website.
Self-Care - we have lots of health advice to help you
Visit the self-help section of our website for lots of great information and advice about how to deal with common ailments and conditions. We also have a patient leaflet on Treating Minor Conditions.
Would you know how to save someone's life in an emergency?
Would you know what to do if someone was choking or having a heart attack. Lifesaver is an interactive film that you play like a video game. It shows you how to save someone's life in an emergency.
You can now book evening and weekend appointments
For more details please see our Evening and Weekends page.
CQC rate us as "good"
To read more about their inspection of our practice please visit our CQC page.
Repeat medication - only order what you need
Once you leave a pharmacy your medicines cannot be recycled or used by anyone else. This means that any you return are destroyed, even if you have never opened them. Before heading to the pharmacy, take a look in your medicine cabinet to see what you actually need. You may have ordered extra of a repeat prescription last time you went and forgot. To find out more see: http://www.medicinewaste.com/campaign
Travel vaccine shortages and limited availability
There is a nationwide shortage of some travel vaccines including Hepatitis A & Hepatitis B. So please seek advice from a nurse or travel clinic before booking your travel.
Save time - do it ONLINE!
You can now view your medical record, make appointments and order repeat prescriptions from anywhere in the world 24 hours a day. It's simple, quick and convenient and it means there is no need to queue or wait for the phone to be answered. To register simply ask at reception (you will need to confirm your identity by bringing 2 forms of ID into the practice, one of which must include a photo and one your current address, just so we can confirm it is you). For more information about access to our services via the web please visit our online services page.
Oxford's 'out-of-hours' GP record sharing initiative
This new initiative makes it possible for health professionals working from the 'out-of-hours' health centres in Oxford and Abingdon to view (with your permission) your GP medical record if treating you when we are closed. We have provided more information about this record sharing arrangement and details of how to opt out, and the organisers - OxFed - have also produced this leaflet.
When we are closed - phone 111 for the 'Out of Hours' service
If you feel you cannot wait until we re-open, please phone 111 for advice and/or to speak to a doctor. Do not go to the hospital A&E department unless it is an emergency. If you need an ambulance urgently then call 999. For more information on the range of NHS services and when to use them please see our leaflet
We are now using the NHS Electronic Prescription Service (EPS). This gives you the ability to have your prescription sent by us to any pharmacy you choose to collect your medicines from, without the need to pick up a paper prescription from the surgery.
New patient leaflets available
We've added a number of really useful leaflets to our Practice Leaflets section of the site.
Friends & Family Test
We have now 'gone live' with our Friends & Family test. Please use the link on the right-hand side to provide feedback on what you would say to your friends and/or family about our practice – it only takes a couple of seconds.
Care.Data has been abandoned by NHS England
NHS England announced on 06 July 2016 that the care.data programme would be wound up. The reasons for this decision are outlined in this newspaper article.
“In light of Dame Fiona [Caldicott]’s recommendations, NHS England has taken the decision to close the care.data programme,” NHS England said in a statement.
“However, the government and the health and care system remain absolutely committed to realising the benefits of sharing information, as an essential part of improving outcomes for patients. Therefore this work will now be taken forward by the National Information Board, in close collaboration with the primary care community.”
'Named GP' for all patients
All patients have been allocated a named GP, which ensures you always have a named individual you can go to should you need it.
Save Time - Book Online
In this year's GP contract a number of obligations were set to ensure Practices improve their online access for patients. Read our IT Plan to see how we are implementing this. For more information about access to our services via the web please visit our online services page.
Flu vaccines are here - get yours now
Our flu vaccines arrived in the second week of September - if you are due for vaccination please phone reception to book an appointment.
The 18th November is European Antibiotic Awareness Day and the 13th -19th November is also World Antibiotic Awareness Week. These are public health initiatives aimed at encouraging responsible use of antibiotics. To help support this, healthcare professionals and patients are encouraged to make a pledge to become an Antibiotic Guardian at: http://antibioticguardian.com/