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Goodbye and Hello

We are sad to let you know that along with Dr Stephenson whose retirement letter you can read on this website, Dr Zhao will also be leaving us in September.  She is going to travel to Melbourne, Australia with her husband and family.

We would like to wish her every happiness in her new adventure. Her last working day will be Friday, September 14.

We are pleased to announce that we have recruited two new female GPs.

One, Dr Deeny will take Dr Zhao’s patients. Dr Deeny will be joining us on Tuesday, October 2.

Dr Deeny will work all day Tuesdays, Thursdays and Wednesday mornings at Eynsham.

The second, Dr Neffendorf will be joining us on September 5.

Dr Neffendorf will take Dr Stephenson’s patients.  Dr Neffendorf will work all day Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at Eynsham.

We look forward to welcoming our two new doctors to the practice.

Retirement of Dr Philip Stephenson

Dear Patients/Friends,

I shall be retiring from work as a partner in General Practice in Eynsham Medical Group at the end of September 2018.  It has been my great privilege to serve this community as a Family Doctor since 1990 and I have greatly enjoyed my career which has been both challenging and rewarding.  I feel fortunate to have practised in an era when the life of a GP has very much been that of a generalist working in the community to care for patients of all ages and from all backgrounds.

The personal rapport of the doctor/patient relationship throughout a long period of time has also been a key part of my professional life and I have appreciated those many patients and families who have allowed me to be their doctor and share with them many of life’s important moments whether joyous or challenging.

It is sad for me to leave the practice which is composed of such a wonderful team of colleagues and I, like many patients, have been so well supported by so many members of the team over the last 28 years.

I have particularly valued my GP Partners and our practice, nursing and dispensary managers and I believe that Eynsham Medical Group has a very strong team of high calibre members to meet the challenges of future General Practice.

Our practice still seeks to maintain a very high standard of care to all patients and families registered with us in our community and we also appreciate the support that you, our patients, give to us.

With best wishes to you all,

Philip Stephenson

Senior Clinical Pharmacist to join practice team

Senior Clinical Pharmacist 

Kieran Watts

Post-nominals: MPharm (Hons) MRPharmS

General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) registration: 2070297

I completed a 4-year Master of Pharmacy degree at the University of Brighton in 2008, achieving First Class Honours. I went on to register as a Pharmacist with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (RPSGB) in July 2009, after successfully completing a year’s Pre-Registration Pharmacist training in an intensive community pharmacy under supervision of an experienced tutor.

Following registration, I worked initially as a Relief Pharmacist covering multiple pharmacy formats, including care home services within Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire for a period of 6 month. I was then appointed as Pharmacist Store Manager in a busy Health Centre based in Oxford City, acting as sole and Responsible Pharmacist. I worked tirelessly to strengthen the pharmacy’s reputation and build highly valued relationships within the local professional network, collaborating with local surgeries to improve service provision and patient care.

My role as a community pharmacist mainly involved providing pharmaceutical care, advice and support to patients, care homes and healthcare professionals whilst ensuring the safe and effective supply of medication. I have gained a wealth of experience in conducting NHS patient-centred Medicines Use Reviews (MURs), actively seeking to improve patients’ understanding of their treatment and medicine adherence. Moreover, I have supported patients on newly prescribed treatment for specific long-term conditions, through structured consultations forming part of the NHS New Medicines Service (NMS).

To support further the health agenda in Oxfordshire, I gained accreditation to provide the Emergency Hormone Contraception (EHC) and Influenza vaccinations alongside other locally commissioned pharmacy-led services, such as supervised consumption and trimethoprim prescribing for uncomplicated UTIs.

I represented pharmacists as an elected Company Chemists Association representative (from May 2011 until March 2015) at the Local Pharmaceutical Committee (LPC), to promote pharmacy and liaise with the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and other external groups such as Oxfordshire’s Carers. The committee formed positive interpersonal relationships with leading GPs within the CCG, improving service provision through commissioning, and created greater pharmacy service exposure helping improve patient care.

I’m pleased to be joining both Eynsham and Windrush Surgeries as Senior Clinical Pharmacist from December 2017. My role aims to help patients achieve optimal management of long-term conditions, supporting those with multiple medicines (polypharmacy) and offering clinical advice about treatments.

Eynsham Medical Group is pleased to announce we have been rated good by the Care Quality Commission, with no areas for improvement or cause for concern

Eynsham Medical Group is regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). For more information on the CQC please visit

CQC Report

Eynsham Medical Group is pleased to announce we have been rated good by the Care Quality Commission, with no areas for improvement or cause for concern.

View the CQC report
Care Quality Commission – Eynsham Medical Group Overview

Eynsham leading Oxfordshire in landmark cancer detection study

A total of 229 patients at Eynsham Medical Centre are taking part in research that could help GPs spot cancer earlier, and reduce the number of people undergoing unnecessary tests. This puts Eynsham above all other participating GP practices in Oxfordshire.

The CANDID (CANcer DIagnosis Decision Rules) study is looking at common early symptoms, or combinations of symptoms, to identify which may be important for a possible diagnosis of lung or bowel cancer, and which are not. The study could thereby improve early detection of lung and bowel cancer in the UK, saving lives and leading to considerable long-term savings for the NHS. The study is funded and supported by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), the research arm of the NHS.

Dr Ian Binnian is a GP and leads the study at the Eynsham Medical Centre. He said: “The majority of patients who come to their doctor with lung symptoms (for example cough) or bowel symptoms (for example loose stool) do not have anything seriously wrong. However, a very few people are at risk of cancer. We would like to help doctors diagnose cancer quickly so that potential high risk patients are detected sooner and unnecessary examinations are minimised for those patients that are low risk. This research is about finding what symptoms and examinations are best for predicting lung and bowel cancer. In addition, blood and saliva samples will be analysed to offer vital new clues about the early development of lung and bowel cancer.”

“We are obviously pleased with our patients’ participation so far, but there is still a long way to go. We need thousands and thousands of volunteers, which is why this study is so large. We are extremely grateful for our patients’ willingness to take part. Participation involves a single visit, so the time commitment for each individual patient is kept at a minimum. A medical notes review is carried out by the GP two years after the participant visit”.”

CANDID aims to recruit 20,000 patients across England and Wales by September 2016. To date, study teams around the country have recruited just over 8,200 participants.

For more information, patients are invited to pick up a leaflet in the surgery or speak to one of the doctors.