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Local COVID-19 Vaccination Programme:

Considerable work is going on behind the scenes getting ready to deliver the COVID-19 vaccine to you starting Saturday 16th January.

The first immunisations for Charlbury patients will be done at Carterton. We will be working together as a Primary Care Network (PCN) with Burford, Bampton and Broadshires surgeries to co-ordinate and deliver the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine from there. This vaccine is fragile and requires careful handling and mixing, hence patients that are called for the first wave of vaccines will be expected to travel to Carterton. The situation will hopefully change (we hope vaccines can be given from Charlbury) when we are able to use the Oxford/Astra Zeneca vaccine. 

We will be in contact directly with eligible patients just as soon as we can. The vaccine will be offered to our most at-risk patients first. We request that you please be patient and do not call the surgery to enquire about booking your vaccine.

On the days we are vaccinating the majority of our staff will be deployed to the effort. We will therefore have to suspend routine work to prioritise vaccinations and so we ask for your understanding.

In the meantime, if you are able you can help towards the effort by offering your services to elderly patient over the age of 80 who are likely to need help with transport to Carterton. An early reminder that clothing should be loose. No Jumpers or tight shirts. I suggest wide sleeved short shirt (or T-shirt) and a baggy cardigan. Clothing needs to EASILY push up above the shoulder. Masks and social distancing essential. There are reports this new strain can infect people from 6m away. Stay safe!

As soon as we have more information I will keep you updated here.

Best wishes

Dr Pippa Brookes-White 

07/01/2021

We are very happy and excited to announce that our first COVID-19 vaccination is Saturday 16th January at Carterton Health Centre (Central Carterton) with the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. We will be offering vaccination to our over 80's starting with our very eldest patients first and working backwards towards the youngest. We will be in contact with those eligible directly. This will not include the vaccination of truly housebound patients who will be vaccinated at a later stage. 

08/01/2021

We started to telephone eligible patients on Monday 11th January to book for vaccination on Saturday 16th January at Carterton Health Centre. It will be Charlbury staff running the clinic so same faces different location.

We ask you to come into Charlbury Surgery or ask someone to do this on your behalf to pick up the necessary paperwork & fill in the form at home. It would be helpful for us if you can arrive between 10am and 11am as a representative from our patient group will be there to help you at that time.

1. A map showing where Carterton Health Centre is.

2. A letter about the immunisation.

3. A COVID-19 Vaccination Service - Record form. Please fill in the first and second sections on this form BEFORE your appointment (Your details and the clinical screening questions…there is one daft question) and BRING THIS FORM TO  YOUR APPOINTMENT. (That would be a great help- thanks!)

We calculate there will be enough vaccine in this first delivery to vaccinate patients over the age of 85 years.

Please do not arrive earlier than 5 minutes before your allotted time as you have to sit and wait for 15 minutes after vaccination before we can let you go (space is limited & trying to achieve social distancing).

12/01/2021

CARERS: Please contact CMC@nhs.net to let us know you are a carer. You are amazing, thank you for caring & all your hard work! Please don't phone the surgery to tell us you are a carer as it's clogging up our phone lines, an e-mail is perfect! Thanks!

ATIC (All Together in Charlbury) the details of which may be found on the local Charlbury website may be able to help with transport to Carterton if required Tel 01993 776 277

We were notified last night of our next two vaccination days:

Tuesday 19th January (Carterton Health Centre)

Friday 22nd January (Carterton Health Centre)

We are aiming to have completed vaccinating our mobile patients over the age of 80 who can travel to Carterton by the end of the second session (Tuesday 19th January)

13/01/2021

Carers please stop blocking the phone lines send an e-mail; see above! We are struggling to phone patients to book them in for their vaccine appointments as we are being flooded with incoming calls. Please stop!!

So far according to the number of vaccines we have been allocated and the number of patients in each age group that we have it looks like:

Saturday January 16th will be all over 85's.

Tuesday January 19th will be the remaining over 85's and mostly over 80's.

Friday January 22nd we will be starting the large 75 to 80 group.

Please try and pick up you paperwork for your appointment between 10am and 11 am if possible; see 08/01/21 above.

Just as soon as we have the AZ vaccine we will be vaccinating the vulnerable house bound in age descending order.

Keep checking here regularly for updates & in case anything changes (for example the delivery does not turn up...it happened in Birmingham).

Keep looking after yourselves & each other, we will get through this.

 

If you have any coronavirus symptoms:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste

Get a test and stay at home

If you have symptoms of Coronavirus or if you have a cough, loss of smell or fever do not come to the Surgery, please order a Coronavirus test online.  

For the latest and up to date guidance from Public Health England.  Go to the www.gov.uk website.

If you have travelled from any affected area identified by the Chief Medical Officer as high risk and are feeling unwell with a cough, difficulty breathing or fever or if you have been in contact with someone confirmed as having Coronavirus in the last two weeks, you may be at risk of Coronavirus.  Please self isolate and follow current government guidelines.

If you suspect you may be a contact of Coronavirus order a test & self isolate following government guidelines.

 

 

Appointments

PLEASE DO NOT:

  • Contact Charlbury Surgery by e-mail & attempt to request an appointment this way or attempt to open lines of communication with a doctor in this way. This most definitely is an incorrect approach and your request will be ignored. Our reception team are on hand to receive your telephone calls and can not be expected to monitor two lines of communication at the same time. The same is true for the doctors.
  • Try to contact any of the doctors directly by their personal NHS e-mail or personal telephone numbers as they do not have time to monitor their e-mails and phones whilst at work and do not expect to be contacted by patients in this way. E-mails may not be checked for a couple of weeks if a person is on annual leave. Information being sent outside the normal channels is dangerous and may lead to causing you harm. We have had one or two incidents of patients doing this and wondering why their medical problem was overlooked. 

Mobile Phone Numbers

Please ensure we have your mobile phone number as we are using the mobile text service more and more. It is important that your contact details are current for your medical record so we can contact you.

Goodbye and Welcome

Dr Jacqui Maroni retired in August 2020. We thank her for her extraordinary service during challenging times and wish her all the very best for the future.

It is with great pleasure we welcome Dr Laura Gillgan who joined our team in August 2020 and Dr Maroni's patients are now in her capable hands. Dr Gillgan currently working 3 days a week, will be training to become diabetic lead for our practice. We thank you for supporting her over as she settles in. 

Home blood pressure monitoring

Please use the form provided on this website which can be accessed by clinking on the Services tab above & then Nursing Team Clinics. 

NHS Flu Vaccination

  • Influenza is an acute respiratory illness caused by RNA virus. There are three types:
    • Influenza A is the commonest and most virulent. It is responsible for local outbreaks, larger epidemics and pandemics.
    • Influenza B often co-circulates with influenza A during the yearly outbreaks. Generally, B causes less severe illness, although it can still be responsible for outbreaks. 
    • Influenza C usually causes a mild or asymptomatic infection similar to the common cold.
  • Influenza usually occurs in the UK during the winter months, typically between December and March. 
  • Most complications of flu in adults are respiratory and include:
    • Acute bronchitis.
    • Pneumonia.
    • Exacerbations of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
    • Otitis media (a middle ear infection).
    • Sinusitis.
  • Influenza presents with symptoms appearing around 2 days after exposure.
    • Uncomplicated influenza signs and symptoms include: sudden onset high temperature, widespread muscle aches and pains, feeling poorly, nasal discharge, cough, gut symptoms, headache, eye symptoms, and sore throat. 
    • Complicated influenza is defined by signs and symptoms that: require hospital admission, involve the lower respiratory tract, central nervous system, or cause significant exacerbation of an underlying medical condition.
    • People considered to be in an 'at risk' group include:
      • Those with chronic respiratory, heart, kidney, liver, or neurological disease; diabetes mellitus; or those who are obese or immunosuppressed.
      • Those over the age of 65 years.
      • Women who are pregnant (or women up to two weeks post delivery).
      • Children aged under 6 months.
  • People with flu should drink adequate fluids, take paracetamol or ibuprofen to relieve symptoms, rest, and stay off work or school until the worst symptoms have resolved (usually about 1 week).

Eligibility

In 2020/21 groups eligible for the NHS funded flu vaccination programme are the same as last year, although this may change if the programme is expanded due to COVID-19 and include:

  • all children aged two to ten (but not eleven years or older) on 31 August 2020

  • those aged six months to under 65 years in clinical risk groups (see above)

  • pregnant women

  • those aged 65 years and over

  • those in long-stay residential care homes

  • carers

  • close contacts of immunocompromised individuals

  • health and social care staff employed by a registered residential

    care/nursing home, registered domiciliary care provider, or a voluntary managed hospice provider.

    We expect universal vaccination of health and care workers and further guidance will be published in due course.

    Prioritising flu vaccine uptake

    Flu vaccination is one of the most effective interventions we have to reduce pressure on the health and social care system this winter. We are still seeing the impact of COVID-19 on the NHS and social care, and this coming winter we may be faced with co-circulation of COVID-19 and flu. It is more important than ever to make every effort to deliver an effective flu vaccination programme to protect our population. 

    Those most at risk from flu are also most vulnerable to COVID-19. We will do all we can to help protect them this winter. We anticipate that concerns about COVID-19 may increase demand for flu vaccination in all groups this year, and some in at risk groups may have concerns about maintaining social distancing when being given the vaccine.

All those eligible will be given flu vaccination as soon as possible so that individuals are protected when flu begins to circulate. We will aim to schedule our immunisation services to match vaccine supply, usually from September, and complete vaccination by the end of November, where possible.

For more information on the flu vaccination visit:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/flu-influenza-vaccine/

Appointment Reminder by text

From Tuesday 9th July patients will receive a text message appointment reminder along with any other information we feel may be helpful. Please would all patients registered with us ensure we have your correct mobile number listed on your medical record.

Surgery closed daily between 1 and 2pm

This is to deal with paper work, staff training and for meetings.

If you have an emergency during this time call the surgery on 01608 811680 and press the emergency option 1.

On-Line Service and On-line Appointment Booking

Have you registered yet? Once registered you will be able to do the following on-line:

  • book or cancel an appointment
  • order repeat prescriptions
  • view blood results
  • change your address and other contact details.

For more information on how to do this click on the Online Services tab at the top of the page.

OCCG Patient Participation Groups (PPG)

If you're interested in having your say about the way local health services are delivered, getting involved with Charlbury Patient Participation Group (CPPG) is a good place to start. The group is made of volunteer patients from the practice, there are regular meetings (obeying current social distancing guidelines)

Issues such as services on offer and how improvements may be made for benefit of both patients and practice staff are debated. Joining a group can help to shape the delivery of local services. Many members also find that volunteering is a great way to meet new people and develop your own skills. A positive and diplomatic approach is welcomed. To find out more click on the Have Your Say icon in the top right hand corner. 

CPPG Newsletter

To read the latest issue of the CPPG Newsletter click on the either the Patient Participation Group heading at the bottom of the page or Have your say links above (centre right)

Stop Smoking Services 

For help and advise on stopping smoking click the link below.

Smoke Free Life

 

 

 

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