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General Practice Data for Planning and Research

New regulations mean Eynsham Medical Group, like all GP practices, will be obliged to share your NHS records with NHS Digital for the purposes of NHS planning and approved medical research. This was due to start on 1st July but has now been delayed by the government to an unspecified date (previously 1st September).

On 19th July, in response to recent feedback, the government announced a pause in previous deadlines while the plan is refined. It has been have announced:

‘Most importantly… while we are continuing to work on the infrastructure, and communication for the project, we are not setting a specific start date for the collection of data. Instead, we commit to start uploading data only when we have the following in place:

  • the ability to delete data if patients choose to opt-out of sharing their GP data with NHS Digital, even if this is after their data has been uploaded;
  • the backlog of opt-outs has been fully cleared;
  • a Trusted Research Environment has been developed and implemented in NHS Digital;
  • patients have been made more aware of the scheme through a campaign of engagement and communication.’

If you do not want your data to be shared with NHS Digital you can still register your Type 1 opt out, there is no longer a specified date for this (previously 23rd August 2021).

Drop in Vaccine Clinic Witney One Week Only

As from tomorrow morning (26th), the West Oxfordshire District Council is setting up a drop-in vaccine clinic at the Town Centre Shop (next to the Toy Shop on Welch Way).

It will:

  • be a Pfizer Clinic
  • for first vaccinations
  • and for second vaccinations (patients who had their first Pfizer jab at least eight weeks ago) and can be done for patients who had their first vaccination elsewhere.
  • run for four days (Monday 26th – Thursday 29th inclusive) and WODC have now corrected the dates/times they originally advised to us
  • Monday 26th (tomorrow) – 10 am to 7.30 pm
  • Tuesday 27th – 9.30 am to 7.30 pm
  • Wednesday 28th – 9.30 am to 7.30 pm
  • Thursday 29th – 9.30 am to 7.30 pm

Covid Restrictions Update

Hands Face Space still in operation at Eynsham Medical Group

To protect our patients and staff, Eynsham Medical Group will continue to ask all adults entering any of our buildings to please continue to wear face masks whilst at either Eynsham Medical Centre or Long Hanborough Surgery, this will also apply in the pharmacy at Long Hanborough.

We want to be able to continue to offer the best service we can to our patients. To achieve this we need to minimise the risk of staff sickness and the need to isolate. We will continue to operate a Covid secure environment within the surgeries following the Hands – Face – Space advice in place before 19th July 2021.

We would like to thank you all in anticipation of your cooperation.

Covid Vaccination Update

The COVID-19 vaccination programme is open to anyone aged 18 and over. There are currently two vaccines being used locally in Oxfordshire:

  • Pfizer/BioNTech
  • Oxford/AstraZeneca

The vaccines are allocated nationally and local centres do not have any influence over which they receive. You cannot choose which vaccine you have. When you book, you’ll only be offered appointments for vaccines that are suitable for you.

Most people can have any of the COVID-19 vaccines, but some people are only offered certain vaccines. For example, if you’re pregnant or under 40 you’ll usually only be offered appointments for the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccines.

You should have the same vaccine for both doses, unless you had serious side effects (such as a serious allergic reaction) after your 1st dose. These are very rare reactions and if affected, you will be informed by your GP or hospital clinician, that a different vaccine is necessary for your second dose. Minor side effects after having any of the vaccinations are common and not a cause for concern. These are usually mild and should not last longer than a week, such as:

  • a sore arm from the injection
  • feeling tired
  • a headache
  • feeling achy
  • feeling or being sick

Street Tag – Get Points and Get Fit!

If you would like to improve your fitness and earn points for your GP practice you can sign up for Street Tag.

You can sign up by:

  • Downloading the Street Tag app from the Apple Store or Google Play
  • Create a non-identifiable user name
  • Join the Eynsham/Long Hanborough GP Practice team
  • Turn on your device location and get ready to collect some Street Tags

We are competing against Nuffield, Windrush and Cogges to win £50 for patient care. The winner has to be at top of the leader board on July 29.

 

 

How best to access our GP services

We are fully open but social distancing means we have to operate in a different way to before the pandemic.

We have a ‘phone first’ service for GP appointments. Doctor appointments can be initiated via our website on an eConsult or Medlink form, or by phoning our front desk team on 01865 881206 or 01993 881330. Your eConsults or telephone bookings will be directed towards your usual GP wherever possible.

Whenever possible we deal fully with the issue over the phone, or by video. If a face-to-face appointment is necessary after a phone call the doctor will arrange it directly with you at the time of the phone call.

Face to face nurse appointments can be booked directly through phoning our front desk e.g. for smears, blood tests and routine immunisations. Healthcare assistant appointments for blood tests can be booked online or via phoning the front desk team.

We always have on the day availability for urgent matters.

Unfortunately, the combined effects of significantly increased demand for routine matters as the pandemic recedes, the need to accommodate social distancing, our recent involvement in the covid vaccination programme and a very large number of queries relating to the covid vaccinations, means that our phone lines remain very busy. We are very sorry about this and are doing all we can to try and improve the situation, through additional recruitment and phone IT solutions.

If possible, please consider if you can manage your problem with help from other sources such as 111, the NHS website (which has comprehensive health and self-care information), local pharmacies, opticians and sexual health clinics.

In common with many practices we have sadly noticed there has been an increase in unacceptable behaviour towards our reception team and patient care advisors. We are very grateful to the vast majority of our patients who treat them with respect and courtesy, and we kindly ask that everyone keeps in mind that they are doing their best to help you in very difficult circumstances.

Eynsham and Long Hanborough Medical Care group patient charity is 25 years old!

Eynsham and Long Hanborough Medical Care Group registered charity 1054256

The charity was set up in 1996 to administer the gifts and bequests the Eynsham
and Long Hanborough medical centres receive from grateful patients and their
loved ones.

Thanks to their generosity and the fund-raising efforts of local institutions like
Eynsham Roadrunners and philanthropic organisations like the Rotary Club and
Freemasons, for more than a quarter of a century it has enabled the trustees,
drawn from present and past doctors, staff and representatives of the communities
it serves, to offer extras the National Health Service does not.

Its first purchases were a resuscitation training doll and a syringe driver so doctors
and district nurses could provide more effective pain relief for terminally ill patients.
Among its more recent — during Covid — were clinicians’ half masks for doctors
and staff, who found patients had difficulty hearing them wearing the standard
issue full masks or caused problems for those who wear glasses.

To give you an idea of the range of its activities, it has been responsible for air
conditioning the waiting rooms at the practice’s Eynsham and Long Hanborough
surgeries, 24-hour blood pressure monitors, 24-hour electrocardiograms to
monitor heart rhythms, defibrillators, hydraulic height adjustable couches, pulse
oximeters to measure oxygen levels, a phlebotomy couch, an interactive website,
and in 2019, thanks to the generosity of Eynsham Masonic Lodge, a vein viewer to
help phlebotomists with patients who are difficult to draw blood from.

Advances in digital technology mean there is a constant demand for new aids to
help with patient care. But since 2010 the major call on the charity’s resources has
been a van and part-time driver to deliver prescriptions to the house-bound, a
service made possible by a substantial bequest.

The cost of running it, much accentuated during Covid, means the trustees are in
constant need of your support. You can help by visiting the charity’s fundraising
site:

Or you can contact the charity’s treasurer:

Large Scale Covid Vaccine Study at Eynsham Medical Centre

We are pleased to announce that Eynsham Medical Group has been selected to be a recruitment site to a large scale Covid vaccine trial.

The trial will be starting in mid-November and we will be seeking about 170 volunteers from our adult population from Eynsham Medical Centre and Long Hanborough Surgery to participate. Like all of the other Covid vaccine studies it is what is called a “double blinded” trial, meaning that half of the group will get the vaccination and half will get a placebo injection of saline.

The vaccination visits will take place at Eynsham Medical Centre. Some follow up visits will be required but any travel expenses will be paid for. Follow up of volunteers is for 2 years and with any Covid like illness in that timescale you would see one of the medical team to be assessed.

We look forward to the community’s involvement in this important trial and the surgery’s research team will make contact in due course.

Dr. Ian Binnian

Research Lead GP,

Eynsham Medical Group.

Coronavirus – Changes in GP Care Update

We are open and providing advice and care to patients

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is a new illness that is spreading across the UK. GP practices are taking actions to protect patients, staff and the wider community by introducing a new telephone triage system for GP appointments. We aim to meet your health needs whilst at the same time limiting the footfall through GP surgeries to reduce the risk of spreading the virus, in line with national guidance.

Choose the right service

If you become unwell or are injured, there are a number of NHS services available to provide the best health care for your needs. Choosing the right NHS service will help get you the best advice quickest and reduces pressure on A&E and GP services, freeing them up to help those who need it most. This link explains the range of services available, including www.nhs.uk for self-care and 111.nhs.uk for urgent care (or telephone 111).

Consulting your GP

To contact your GP for advice or a consultation please fill in the ‘econsult’ form on the home page of our website. We monitor the forms throughout the day. We aim to respond before the end of the next working day, or sooner. This is swifter than phoning as unfortunately our phone lines can be quite busy. We ask you not come to the surgery to book an appointment, so as to reduce the risk of spreading the virus.

  • For long term problems it’s best to consult with your usual GP. You can do this by contacting the practice on the days that your GP is at work. You can find your GP’s working days on the ‘teams’ page of our website. For urgent problems the duty team is available during working hours. In an emergency please call 999.
  • All GP appointments will initially be by telephone. The GP will do all they can to help you over the phone – however, should they feel the need to see you face to face for an examination, you will be invited to the surgery for review.
  • Please can all patients attending the practice ensure that, wherever possible, they come alone. Any patient who visits the practice will be required to wear a face covering to enter the premises. Please bring your own face covering with you, as the practice will not be able to provide these for you.

Do not attend the surgery if you have a new cough or fever. Instead please contact 111.nhs.net or ring 111

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If your job is to care for someone in their home Healthwatch Oxford would like to hear from you.

Healthwatch Oxfordshire is an independent charity set up to hear the experiences of people who use health and social care services and what you tell them will help those making decisions about social care understand your views.

Please complete the anonymous survey at www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/Paidcarers or call 01865 520 520.

If you are an unpaid carer please complete this anonyomous survey: www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/Unpaidcarers

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