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Please note: We now require 3 WORKING DAYS NOTICE between ordering and collecting medication (excluding weekends and Bank Holidays).


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Face Masks

Please can everyone who attends the surgery continue to wear a face mask to ensure our all our patients and staff stay safe, to protect both themselves and our staff. We have had two outbreaks of Covid recently amongst staff which then drastically reduces the amount of appointments we can offer.


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Travel Vaccinations - Update

If you require any vaccinations relating to foreign travel you need to visit a Travel Clinic such as Boots or Superdrug for immunisations and advice.

We do not provide private travel services.

We do offer vaccinations that are provided free to NHS patients, but will no longer be providing comprehensive advice and recommendations.

The following travel vaccinations are usually available free on the NHS:

•    Diphtheria, polio and tetanus (combined booster)
•    Typhoid
•    Hepatitis A – including when combined with Typhoid or Hepatitis B
•    Cholera

These vaccines are usually free because they protect against diseases thought to represent the greatest risk to public health if they were brought into the country.

See more information on vaccines


Heatwave: How to Cope in Hot Weather

Read the latest advice on how to cope in the hot weather.

https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/seasonal-health/heatwave-how-to-cope-in-hot-weather/


South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS)

South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) has declared a critical incident today (11 July) due to current pressures on their services.

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Midwife Appointments

We have made the very tough decision to cease Midwife appointments within the surgery. We have been very late to this point compared to other local surgeries, but the pressure on our consulting rooms is now so severe that we have no other choice.
The last day for appointments within the surgery is Friday 29th July and the Midwife will be contacting those patients who are booked in beyond this date.
Appointments will now be at the Horton Hospital and your Midwife will provide you with full information regarding this.
Please be aware that we have not made this decision lightly.

Covid/Dispensary Phone Line

Due to a Covid outbreak at the Surgery and subsequent staff shortages, the dispensary phone line will not be answered.

Please do not call to speak to them as they are unfortunately, unable to take your call. For anything URGENT, please contact reception.

Face Masks

Please continue to wear face masks when coming into the surgery.

We would really appreciate it if you could bring your own as each week we are having to give out over 100 face masks to patients who have forgotton to bring one with them and as a surgery, we have to pay for these masks.

As always, thank you for helping us to stay open.


Covid-19 at Surgery

Covid is hitting our Nursing and Dispensary Team at the moment and therefore we wanted to make you aware that we will be understaffed in these areas.

This means that appointments may need to be rearranged and prescriptions will take longer to prescribe.

Please be patient with us as we cope with this latest challenge.


Prescription Collection

We now require 3 working days notice between ordering and collecting medication (excluding weekends and Bank Holidays).

This allows us time to order medicines that we do not stock and prepare prescriptions for signing by the doctors before dispensing.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding.


Face Masks - June 2022

Can we please ask everyone who attends the surgery to still continue to wear a face mask to ensure our all our patients and staff stay safe.

We ask patients to wear masks to protect both themselves and our staff.  We have had two outbreaks of Covid recently amongst the staff which then drastically reduces the amount of appointments we can offer.


Urine Samples

In order to keep our patients (and staff) safe and to keep within national guidelines, we can no longer accept urine samples without an accompanying appointment. Therefore please don’t drop off a urine sample without having made an appointment to see one of our GPs or nurses first.

Urine samples also need to be in the correct container which reception will be happy to give you. This way we know the bottle is clinically clean and has a good screw top which won’t leak!


Update COVID-19 Booster Vaccine

See our latest surgery update here: Covid-19 Booster Vaccine

For more information Click here


Text Messaging - Appointment Reminders

We have introduced an additional service to help you remember your appointment.

You will now receive an appointment reminder by text to your mobile phone the day before your appointment, with the exception of Monday appointments where the reminder will be sent on a Friday.

To ensure you receive a text message, please check the number we hold with our receptionists. Should you not want to receive a reminder by text, please advise our receptionists and they will ensure this is recorded. You can also cancel your appointment by replying with CANCEL when you receive your text reminder.

Oxfordshire Care Services Directory

Have you thought about your winter plan?

People are encouraged to have a personal winter plan so they are well prepared when the weather takes a turn for the worse and the season for flu, coughs and colds really kicks in.

Tehmeena Ajmal, the county's first Winter Director, said: "We would like everyone in Oxfordshire to have a winter plan for themselves and their family, so that they know what they can do to keep as well as possible; what they can do if they start to get unwell; and how they can look after older family members, friends or neighbours who might need some help.”

Personal winter plans should include: 

  • Having a free flu vaccination if you are in an ‘at risk’ group.
  • Getting help early before your condition worsens.
  • Getting repeat prescriptions in plenty of time.
  • Having a well-stocked medicine cabinet.

 For more information see here: Have you thought about your winter plan?

You can also download or link to the Age UK Oxfordshire leaflet ‘Staying Well this Winter’ which is full of useful advice on how to stay well this winter.

Use Antibiotics on your Doctor's Advice

Antibiotics are essential to treat serious bacterial infections, but they are frequently being used to treat illnesses such as coughs, earache and sore throats that can get better by themselves. Taking antibiotics encourages harmful bacteria that live inside you to become resistantm, which means that antibiotics may not work when you really need them.

Despite the risks of antibiotic resistance, research shows that 38% of people still expect an antibiotic from a doctor’s surgery, NHS walk-in centre or ‘GP out of hours’ service when they visited with a cough, flu or a throat, ear, sinus or chest infection in 2017. 

Note: To access material on the Public Health England resource website you will need to register if it’s your first visit to the site).

Strength & Balance Sessions at Cropredy Sports Pavilion

These sessions are offered by Age UK Oxfordshire and are evidence based exercises focusing on developing strength, balance, flexibility and mobility. Use of chair for support and a range of equipment, ideal for people who are worried about their balance.

GPs and Healthcare Professionals can refer patients for 6 weeks for free. Patients can also self-refer. First session free and £4 per session thereafter. Click here for details.

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Physical activity initiatives in and around Banbury – directly accessible, no referral needed

MAN v FAT Football

FA endorsed 16-week football league exclusively for men who are overweight with a BMI of 30+ is coming to Banbury and would-be players are being invited to sign up. Local men who want to tackle their weight issues now have the chance to join this weight loss league, commissioned by Achieve Oxfordshire, part of Oxfordshire County Council Public Health. More info.

Families Active, Sporting Together (FAST)

A new family programme making it easier for families to enjoy sports and leisure together. It offers free/reduced rate FAST sessions for families in Neithrop, Ruscote, Hardwick and Grimsbury. 

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Latest Annual GP Patient Survery Report 2021

Click here

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Why is General Practice having problems?

This link describes the issues for a practice in Derbyshire that are affecting us all:
https://youtu.be/DYanD_GDuF4

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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 before you change.

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We are occasionally closed for staff training

Click here for training dates.

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How do our patients see the NHS?

See the posts from our blogger…

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Citizen Aid App - YOU can save lives

Simply download the free, no ads CitizenAID App from either Google Play, Apple App or Windows store.

The CitizenAID App will reduce the anxiety from difficult decision making in an unfamiliar situation. Follow the logical steps to do the right things in the right order. Stay safe and help us... to help you... to save lives.

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).

http://citizenaid.org

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