Update Covid Booster Vaccinations for Eligible Groups (8/10/21)
You will be aware the NHS in Oxfordshire has started delivering COVID booster jabs to people in eligible groups. You will be contacted about your booster vaccination by the NHS when six clear months have passed since your second COVID vaccination.
Eligible groups include:
- people living in residential care homes for older adults
- all adults aged 50 years or over
- frontline health and social care workers
- all those aged 16 to 49 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of severe COVID-19, and adult carers
- adult household contacts of immunosuppressed individuals
Although Cropredy Surgery are not offering booster jabs, you will be contacted by the NHS to go through the national COVID-19 vaccination booking service at the one of the larger vaccination centres or one of the designated pharmacies in Oxfordshire.
You do not need to get in touch with us about your booster jab. You will be contacted by the NHS when it’s your turn.
Anyone, who hasn’t already had their first or second COVID-19 vaccination can still get vaccinated at a walk-in clinic or by booking through the NHS booking service (or call 119 free of charge, anytime between 7am and 11pm seven days a week).
We are however, aware that venues and appointments are being released on a daily basis so whilst somewhere like the Kassam Stadium may not appear one day, it may appear if you try a couple of days later.
Please be aware that we are no longer involved in the Covid vaccination process we have no influence on when and where you can be vaccinated
Please could we ask that you do not telephone the surgery with Covid Vaccine Booster queries as we are unable to help and can only advise on the above.
Update COVID-19 Booster Vaccine
New Banbury Walk-in Centre for PCR Testing
A new walk-through coronavirus (Covid-19) testing facility has opened in Banbury to book appointments at 36 Bridge Street, Banbury. The location is the old M&S building at the Castle Quay Shopping Centre and will serve as the main Covid-19 testing centre for Banbury.
Testing at this site is available for those with symptoms – a high temperature, a new continuous cough, or loss or change to your sense of smell or taste. Is it also to be used for those asked to get a test, which could be by NHS Test and Trace, if you have been in close contact with a positive case or by a clinician or local authority.
Book the test here: nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119
Latest Vaccination information for Under 18s
There is a planned walk-in clinic in Banbury for 16-17 year olds on 29th August.
The venue is yet to be decided. Please use this link for further information
Walk-In Vaccine Clinics (oxfordshireccg.nhs.uk)
Vulnerable 12-15 year olds will be contacted by Oxfordshire CCG (parents and guardians) for their vaccinations
For those with suspected Covid 19 and who are isolating at home, here is the latest leaflet with advice
Advice to help keep you safe
We would like to reassure all our patients that General Practice is open and here for all who need to use our services.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, our practice has remained open and here for you. We have simply been doing things differently, with greater emphasis on remote assessments and inviting patients for face-to-face appointments only when necessary. We have never closed our doors as a service; we have simply been operating in a COVID safe way.
Although lockdown restrictions are easing, it is still important for the safety of patients and staff that we continue to maintain a COVID- secure environment.
It is hugely encouraging that the vaccination rollout has been so successful, but infection rates are still concerning and the emergence of new COVID variants poses a risk we cannot ignore. For this reason, the NHS will continue to ask patients and visitors coming to hospitals and GP practices to wear face masks when they enter the building and to socially distance. By taking these simple precautions, we can work together to help prevent the further spread of infection among both patients and staff.
We will also continue to assess patients remotely first and will offer face-to-face appointments to those who need them. This will include people with existing medical conditions who need greater support (for example, people with learning difficulties or who may be living with hearing loss) and those who we assess to have a particular need that requires a face-to-face appointment.
Using telephone assessment methods means we can make sure our time is used to help each patient in the best way for their particular health concern. We would like to reassure you that we will always be working hard to put your needs, as patients first.
Routine screenings, health checks and immunisations all continue to be available at your GP practice. We are very aware how difficult the pandemic has been for many patients. We also understand that some may be frustrated at having to wait a little longer than usual for certain treatments. Similarly, our telephone lines have been far busier than usual for this time of year and patients may find themselves on hold for longer while we deal with calls. We would ask, however, that all patients please treat our staff with kindness and respect. General Practice has been working extremely hard, and very long hours, throughout the pandemic and the recent vaccination rollout. This has been a difficult and exhausting time for many of our staff, who continue to work diligently to support all our patients.
We appreciate your patience and understanding in this and would like to thank our patients for their support.
Using NHS Services
If you have any concerning or suspicious symptoms, please do not hesitate to contact us. We understand that some of you may have put off contacting your GP because of the COVID situation, for various reasons. But if you have a genuine concern, please get in touch as soon as possible. We want to help you.
For mild complaints, your pharmacy, the NHS 111 telephone service or www.111.nhs.uk will be able to give you the help you need quickly and easily.
If you need urgent care please call 111 or go to www.111.nhs.uk first. These can then direct you to the most appropriate local service (for instance, a minor injury unit or A&E).
And please always call 999 for a life-threatening illness or injury.
If you have COVID symptoms; a high temperature, new continuous cough or loss or change to your sense of smell or taste, please make sure you get tested and continue to follow the guidance by self-isolating to help protect those you may come into contact with.
For more information about COVID-19 and how to arrange a test, please click here.
As information is changing constantly, for further information please visit the following websites.
Read about the approved Pfizer/BioNTech Vaccine for COVID-19
As always stay safe, take care and THANK YOU for being wonderful patients.
Surgery Information during the Pandemic
As an interim measure and in order to assess patients accurately we are stopping on-line appointment booking access. Therefore please be patient when phone the surgery to book appointments. Please also note that whilst this pandemic continues patients will be telephoned by a clinician to discuss symptoms before being given an appointment.
If you have any reason to suspect that you may be suffering from Coronavirus (COVID-19) , DO NOT COME TO THE SURGERY. Stay at home and read 111 online 111 Online.
The latest goverment information is available here: Government information & NHS C19 advice.
Important Changes to the Surgery during Pandemic
Note: we are asking for patients who attend the surgery to wear a face covering. This will help protect both patients and staff.
As from 24.3.2020, we have reluctantly taken the decision to change how people can access the surgery during the pandemic.
For script collection - please go to the side of the surgery where you will find signs to our reception window, which is fitted with a doorbell to attract attention. We are asking that you attend to collect your medication between 9-1 and 2-5 wherever possible as we have some staff shortages and this would help us.
Our script request postbox is also available through the window.
For people attending to see the nurse and HCA with pre-booked appointments, we ask that you go to the back door and knock to attract attention. We have placed some benches outside but will try not to leave you waiting. Please don’t attend your appointment too early as we cannot let you in until the previous patient has left. Once we know you are here you can wait in your car.
We are taking this action to protect our patients and our staff and ask for your forbearance whilst these changes are introduced and the problems ironed out.
GP appointments remain on a telephone triage first basis.
If you get a text reminder for a pre-booked appointment, please attend as usual.
If you would like to participate in vaccine trials for Covid-19. More information here: Vaccine Trial
If you’ve had Coronavirus or symptoms, you can donate plasma for a trial which could save the lives of people who are still ill. Click here to offer to donate. https://www.nhsbt.nhs.uk/covid-19-research/plasma-programme/