Read our Latest Newsletter - Winter 2021
Urine Samples (16/11/2021)
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!
Hot off the Press! Nurse Janet has once again come up trumps and produced a stunning butterfly calendar in time for you to buy this Christmas.
Proceeds from the sale of the calendar go towards the Surgery's Patient Fund.
If you would like a calendar, these can be purchased from Reception and are just £10 each.
Flu Clinic Update (2/11/2021)
Just to clarify where we are with our flu vaccines as we appreciate that it's a little complicated at the moment. Flu deliveries continue to be restricted and this is completely beyond our control.
OVER 65's: Are being being contacted to be booked in for the clinics we currently have scheduled and where possible we are trying to book these in age order.
UNDER 65's At Risk: These are people with certain medical conditions that are entitled to a flu vaccine each year. We are currently contacting these patients to book them in for the clinics we currently have scheduled.
OVER 50's Not At Risk: These will be contacted once we have confirmation of when we will receive the vaccines for this age group.
CHILDREN: 2 to 3 years of age can be booked in.
SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN: These are being vaccinated at the school they attend, unless there is a medical reason that means they must be vaccinated at the surgery.
We appreciate that things are difficult at the moment, but this is the strict order in which we have to prioritise our vaccines.
Flu Vaccines (Updated 19/10/21)
We are aware that NHS England have sent a text message reminding people to book their flu vaccines.
Please note that you do not need to phone us as we will phone you once we have confirmation of clinic dates.
Thank you for your understanding as we have no influence or control as to when NHS England send these texts or letters
New Banbury Walk-In Centre for PCR Testing
See our update on Covid-19 Help and Information page.
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.
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.
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.
Latest Annual GP Patient Survery Report 2021
Why is General Practice having problems?
This link describes the issues for a practice in Derbyshire that are affecting us all:
Pharmacy2U is NOTpart 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.
We are occasionally closed for staff training
Click here for training dates.
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