Why is general practice having problems?
This link describes the issues for a practice in Derbyshire that are affecting us all
Pharmacy2U is not part of Cropredy Surgery
There appears to be some confusion about the leaflets that are being delivered to our patients doors from this commercial company. It has no connection with Cropredy Surgery.
Please be aware that if you are a patient who normally has your repeat medicines from us and you sign up with this company, all your prescriptions will go to them for dispensing.
If you need a prescription after seeing the doctor, you will be given a paper prescription to take to a pharmacist for that person to dispense. We will not dispense them at the Surgery.
The Surgery provides a wide range of services to our patients partly supported by the income derived from our dispensing services. If that income is reduced it puts at risk some of the services that we offer.
Whilst we support patient choice, you should understand the situation before you change.
Hepatitis A Shortage
Hepatitis A vaccine continues to be in short supply in the United Kingdom (UK) and globally; until normal vaccine supply resumes, some products may not be available or may be reserved for special risk groups.
Vaccine supplies of Hep B have improved due to the resolution of manufacturing issues, but there will continue to be constraints this year due to the backlog of people (including some healthcare staff and students) whose vaccination was deferred last year.
To ensure people who most need vaccine are prioritised, ordering restrictions will remain in place and vaccine supply will be re-introduced in a phased way.
Travellers should go to https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/latest-news for more advice.
Children’s combined vaccines are not affected.
End to private travel service at Cropredy Surgery
Cropredy Surgery Travel Services
Providing private travel services has put a huge pressure on the Surgery resources and so we have decided that as of 1 September 2017 we will no longer offer private travel vaccinations and advice.
We have a contractual duty to provide some NHS vaccinations and will continue to do so but advise all patients who are travelling overseas to go to a travel clinic for their needs. These specialist centres can provide information as well as vaccinations.
Travel services are offered at the following centres
- Banbury Health Centre
- Boots Banbury
- Frosts Pharmacy Walk-in Clinic Banbury
If you need to find out what health care that you need for your trip, please see the Government website www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice
We are occasionally closed for staff training. Click here for dates
The Big Health and Care consultation
Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group considered its response to the Big Health and Care Consultation at a Board meeting on 10 August.
The full report (94 pages) that was presented to the OCCG Board is available from the OCCG website www.oxfordshireccg.nhs.uk/about-us/occg-board-meetings.htm
All of the proposals were agreed but there will now be a period of appeals and review before action is taken.
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The citizenAID app is free to the UK public and is designed for use in the UK. Access is left open internationally for the wider public good, but recognising there is detail that relates only to the UK (such as emergency service phone number).
Surgery rated as Good by the Care Quality Commission (CQC)
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspected our practice on 24 November 2016. The CQC is an independent regulator of all health and care services in England.
The practice was rated as Good for Safe, Responsive, Effective, Well-led and Outstanding for Caring and for services for vulnerable people.
Thank you to all our patients who completed surveys, comment cards and spoke to the inspectors on the day.
The full report is available here.
More available appointments for Cropredy Surgery patients
Our patients now have better access to a doctor at the weekends and in the evenings. Neighbourhood Access Hubs developed by Principal Medical Limited (PML) on behalf of Oxfordshire practices in 2015, have extended their opening hours so that more patients can benefit from national GP Access funding (GPAF).
The aims of the service remain the same; patients requesting a booked GP appointment at Cropredy Surgery, may be offered an appointment at a nearby location, with a local GP or nurse who has access to their medical records.
This provides more appointments for patients during the day, the evenings and at weekends.
What does this mean for you? There is no change in the booking process for appointments, just call reception as usual. You may be offered an appointment during normal or extended hours at a Hub location.
Hub sessions are held at Banbury Health Centre or other local GP practices at various times between the hours of 8.00am and 6.30pm, Monday to Friday.
Banbury Health Centre Hub appointments are also available on Saturday and Sunday mornings.
Find out more about the Neighbourhood Access Hubs here (https://www.principal-medical.co.uk/pml-services/#hubs) : https://www.principal-medical.co.uk/pml-services/
Cropredy Surgery Collaborates with Neighbouring Practices
A federation or collaboration of GP practices in Oxfordshire is taking shape and Cropredy Surgery has become a member of the local group called NoxMed.
The federation aims to maintain services for our patients and to access healthcare contracts for the benefit of our population so that we can continue to develop at a time when practices are under increasing pressure.
Local GP practices have chosen to become part of Principal Medical Limited, a non-profit making company owned by Oxfordshire GPs, which has successfully operated the Out-of-Hours GP services for many years.
What will this mean for patients? We anticipate that you will see little or no difference at all in the normal surgery activities. There may, however, for example, be new services that we offer as a group of practices that previously have only been available at the Hospital.
We are already operating an urgent care visiting service with a specialist nurse or paramedic who might come to see you at home when the service is so busy that the doctor is not able to come to everyone.
This is a time of change for us all but if you have any ideas or suggestions about federating, please let us know on Cropredy.firstname.lastname@example.org.
More about PML and the Federation
There are 40 GP practices in Oxfordshire and 16 in Northamptonshire aligned to the federation covering a population of over 430,000.
In Oxfordshire there are four locality groups covering the north, north east, west and part of the south west.
PML’s central office in Banbury provides administration and management support, governance and strategic planning. Each locality has its own clinical and administrative lead to ensure that health plans are tailored to the local population.
More information can be found here www.principal-medical.co.uk/Community_Services.php.