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Coronavirus: latest information and advice

If you have travelled from Wuhan or Hubei Province to the UK in the last 14 days you should immediately:

  • stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flu
  • call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the country

Travellers from other parts of China and other specified areas

This advice applies to travellers who have returned to the UK from: China; Thailand; Japan; Republic of Korea; Hong Kong; Taiwan; Singapore; Malaysia; and Macau.

If you have returned to the UK from any of these areas in the last 14 days and develop symptoms of cough or fever or shortness of breath, you should immediately:

  • stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flu
  • call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the country

Eynsham Medical Centre receives a helping hand

Eynsham Medical Centre has received a helping hand in the form of donations amounting to £1,250 from local Freemasons of the Aelfric Lodge, Woodstock, for the purchase of a vein viewer for use in the practice.

The medical centre’s representative explained that this equipment shows up deep seated veins, avoids unnecessary bruising to patients and makes the taking of blood samples so much easier.

Dr  Lorenz Kemper, Eddie Peirce, Dr Ian Binnian, Dr Paul Coffey, Nick Chaitow, Mike Ashmore and Bob Buckingham as the vein viewer is presented to the medical centre.

Bob Buckingham, Nick Chaitow, Dr Lorenz Kemper, Dr Paul Coffey, Mike Ashmore, Eddie Peirce and Dr Ian Binnian

 

Stay well this Winter

People are being urged to keep an extra special eye on themselves and the people they care for over the winter period so minor illnesses don’t become more serious.

People who are older or have long term conditions may be particularly vulnerable to winter bugs which could become serious and require hospital treatment. Getting help earlier may prevent this from happening.

To make sure winter bugs don’t become more serious:

  • Have your flu jab
  • If you start to feel ill, get help from your pharmacy straight away.
  • Keep your home warm, at least 18 degrees
  • Make sure you take any medicines as directed
  • Get any repeat prescriptions filled in advance as many surgeries and pharmacies close over Christmas
  • Keep a supply of cold and flu remedies in the house so you don’t need to go out if the weather is bad
  • If you are prescribed antibiotics finish the course
  • Don’t go to A&E or call 999 unless it’s an emergency. If you are in any doubt, NHS 111 can help you get the right treatment

Further Information

NHS – Stay well

NHS – Winter health

New name for receptionists reflects changing role

To reflect the changes to the way our staff work, and to move away from the idea that a receptionist is only capable of making an appointment with a GP, we have renamed our receptionists ‘Patient Care Advisors’.

This is to better reflect the work they do, which is listening to and signposting our patients to the correct health care professional. This enables the patient to see the right person in the first instance, rather than having to wait to see a GP first.

The way our Patient Care Advisors work is designed to give more time for GPs to see the patients who need a GP’s expertise.

Important Information from Eynsham and Long Hanborough Surgery

From April 2019 we are changing how we recall patients for review. Invitations will now be sent out in your birth month, to spread workload throughout the year. Some invitations may therefore be earlier than expected.

We are also using online tools for some conditions, which may allow a review without an appointment. If relevant to you, links and information will be sent in text messages or letters. Please note the online tools are optional, and you can continue to attend the surgery as normal if you prefer.

We are increasingly using text messages to communicate with our patients. If you have a mobile number and are not sure we have it, please inform the surgery. You can use the online form on our website to update your contact details.

As always, we will only contact you as needed for your medical care. We hope these changes will improve the care we provide.

Community Connect

There is a brand new service called ‘Community Connect’ which is run by Citizen’s Advice and has just been made available to our patients.  The service is for anyone who may feel socially isolated, lonely or need putting in touch with local community groups.  It can also help to put people in contact with groups that can help them to get more active.  Patients or their carers may self-refer by calling 0300 004 0401 or by going to the following website http://www.canosn.org.uk/communityconnect

New Online Tools to Improve Care Quality

Our new online tools will help improve the quality of your care.

You will just need your NHS number (available from the surgery, or found on surgery text messages, repeat medication slips, and surgery or hospital letters) to provide information in advance of your consultation.

You may even be able to complete some consultations without making an appointment.

The system is easy to use and can be completed in your own time.

 

Stay well this winter

People are being urged to keep an extra special eye on themselves and the people they care for over the winter period so minor illnesses don’t become more serious.

People who are older or have long term conditions may be particularly vulnerable to winter bugs which could become serious and require hospital treatment. Getting help earlier may prevent this from happening.

To make sure winter bugs don’t become more serious:

  • Have your flu jab
  • If you start to feel ill, get help from your pharmacy straight away.
  • Keep your home warm, at least 18 degrees
  • Make sure you take any medicines as directed
  • Get any repeat prescriptions filled in advance as many surgeries and pharmacies close over Christmas
  • Keep a supply of cold and flu remedies in the house so you don’t need to go out if the weather is bad
  • If you are prescribed antibiotics finish the course
  • Don’t go to A&E or call 999 unless it’s an emergency. If you are in any doubt, NHS 111 can help you get the right treatment

Further Information