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Vaccinations at Chipping Norton site to be available to book via the National Booking System

We are really pleased to inform you that Chipping Norton has been approved to be a site user for the NBS (National Booking System). This means that as patients within cohorts 10 -12 (those aged 18 – 49), and others, become eligible for vaccination you will soon be able to select Chipping Norton Health Centre as a vaccination site when making an appointment via the NBS. We, as a practice, will no longer be sending invitations to those patients within the remaining age cohorts, you will need to visit the NBS when you receive your NHS Invitation.

So – when you receive your invitation from NHS England to book your vaccination you will be able to log on to Book a coronavirus vaccination – NHS (www.nhs.uk) and book both your first and second vaccinations at the Chipping Norton site. You can only book via this method when you become eligible, this is in line with national guidance.

If you cannot select Chipping Norton Health Centre it will be because we do not have any clinics ‘live’ to be booked into. Please do not contact the practice to book your appointment, we will not be able to do so, you will need to wait until we offer appointments again via the NBS.

If you cannot select Chipping Norton Health Centre and you are keen to be vaccinated we would encourage you to attend another vaccination site, remembering you must attend the same site for both doses.

Please try and avoid calling your GP practice regarding eligibility and invitations from NHS England as we do not manage the NHS invitations.

🚴‍♀️🚴Volunteers
 
Our wonderful volunteers have agreed to help our patients with collecting and delivering medication.
This service will only be available for our Housebound and shielding patients.
When you phone our Dispensary to order a prescription you can ask for your prescription to be delivered via a volunteer.

Over 16 living with immunosuppressed adults

Covid Vaccinations

Over 16 living with immunosuppressed adults.

People aged 16 or over who live with immunosuppressed adults should be prioritised for covid-19 vaccination alongside priority group 6 (people aged 16 to 65 who have a clinical condition that puts them at higher risk).

This would include people living in households with an adult who has a weakened immune system, such as those with blood cancer or HIV, or people on immunosuppressive treatment, including chemotherapy.

Please email the Surgery with your full details: occg.bloxhamcovidadmin@nhs.net

Do not phone the Surgery regarding this. Thank you

 

Covid queries email address

We have created a Covid Email addrress for our patients.  If you have any Covid relating Queries or enquiries, whether this is to ask regarding the vaccine or to inform us you have had the vaccine (as the information takes time to get to us) you can email:

 

occg.bloxhamcovidadmin@nhs.net

 

Please note:  We aim to respond to any queries within 24 hours.

 

Thank you

Update

Since December, Bloxham and Hook Norton Surgery have been working with four local surgeries as part of a primary care network called ‘North Oxfordshire Rural Alliance’ to deliver vaccines from Chipping Norton Health Centre. With outstanding efforts from staff and volunteers, we have succeeded in delivering over 30,000 vaccines.
 
We are keen to keep working hard towards vaccinating as many patients as we can, so we have signed up to continue delivering the vaccines to groups 10-12, as well as completing the 2nd doses for those in groups 1-9. On a weekly basis, logistics and guidelines change. Please continue to read the following information regarding some recent updates.
 
Booking key points:
• For group 1-9 patients, we have been sending text invites and phoning our patients from the surgery. For our group 10-12 patients, the NHS ‘National Booking Service’ will be sending out texts or letters to those eligible.
• If there is appointment availability with us when you receive your text, you may have the opportunity to book into Chipping Norton Health Centre via the National Booking Service.
• Please avoid contacting the surgery about vaccination appointments so that our reception team are available for calls from patients who are unwell.
 
Pregnant patients:
• There have been no specific safety concerns identified with any brand of Covid-19 vaccines in relation to pregnancy.
• 90,000 pregnant women have been vaccinated with Pfizer and Moderna in the USA without any safety concerns.
• Based on the evidence we have, it is preferable for pregnant women in the UK to be offered the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines where available.
• There is no evidence to suggest that other vaccines are unsafe for pregnant women, but more research is needed.
• Being pregnant by itself does not put you into a ‘priority’ vaccine group. You would only be vaccinated as part of the group 1-9 cohort if you had other particular health conditions that put you into those priority groups.
• Pregnant women who have received a first dose of AstraZeneca and are due to receive their 2nd dose are advised to complete with the same vaccine.
 
For more information:
COVID-19 vaccination: a guide for all women of childbearing age, pregnant or breastfeeding - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
Combined info sheet and decision aid 16.04.2021 (rcog.org.uk)
 
AstraZeneca guideline change:
• For details on last week’s change in guidelines for the AstraZeneca vaccine, please read the following:
Use of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 (AZD1222) vaccine: updated JCVI statement, 7 May 2021 - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
• Adults under 40 years old, without underlying health conditions,  who are currently eligible for the vaccine should be preferentially offered an alternative to the AstraZeneca vaccine, where possible, and only where no substantial delay or barrier in access to vaccination would arise.
Second doses of AstraZeneca:
• All those who have received a 1st dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine should continue to be offered a 2nd dose of AstraZeneca vaccine, irrespective of age. The 2nd dose will be important for longer lasting protection against Covid-19.
• The only individuals who should not have a 2nd dose of AstraZeneca are those who have experienced major thrombosis occurring with associated low platelet levels following vaccination with their first Covid-19 vaccine.
 

Sharing your data with NHS Digital

PLEASE NOTE THIS HAS NOW BEEN SUSPENDED TILL SEPTEMBER AS SOON AS WE KNOW MORE INFORMATION WE WILL UPDATE ALL OUR PATIENTS.

 

The Forms can be emailed to:  Bloxham.reception@nhs.net

 

Dear patient,

we have been asked to share the following important information with you.

This practice is supporting vital health and care planning and research by sharing your data with NHS Digital. For more information about this see the GP Practice Privacy Notice for General Practice Data for Planning and Research." =

 

https://digital.nhs.uk/data-and-information/data-collections-and-data-sets/data-collections/general-practice-data-for-planning-and-research

 

This collection will start on 1 July 2021

If you do not want your data to be shared with NHS Digital please register your Type 1 Opt-out with your GP practice by 23 June 2021.

 

What data is shared:

Data may be shared from the GP medical records about:

  • any living patient registered at a GP practice in England when the collection started - this includes children and adults
  • any patient who died after 1 July 2021, and was previously registered at a GP practice in England when the data collection started

NHS Digital will not collect patients’ names or addresses. Any other data that could directly identify patients (such as NHS Number, date of birth, full postcode) is replaced with unique codes which are produced by de-identification software before the data is shared with NHS Digital.

This process is called pseudonymisation and means that patients will not be identified directly in the data. NHS Digital will be able to use the software to convert the unique codes back to data that could directly identify patients in certain circumstances, and where there is a valid legal reason.

If you would prefer that your identifiable patient data is only shared for your own health care purposes, you can opt-out by registering a Type 1 Opt-out or a National Data Opt-out, or both.

These opt-outs are different and they are explained in more detail below. Your individual care will not be affected if you opt-out using either option (or both).

A Type 1 opt out has to be registered by your Practice; please let us know if you want to register a type 1 opt out.

A National Opt out can be done without contacting your practice, at https://www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters/

 

Type 1 Opt-out (opting out of NHS Digital collecting your data)

NHSD will not collect data from GP practices about patients who have registered a Type 1 Opt-out with their practice. More information about Type 1 Opt-outs is in the GP Data for Planning and Research Transparency Notice, including a form that you can complete and send to your GP practice.

This collection will start on 1 July 2021 so if you do not want your data to be shared with NHS Digital, please register your Type 1 Opt-out with your GP practice by 23 June 2021.

If you register a Type 1 Opt-out after this collection has started, no more of your data will be shared with NHSD. They will however still hold the patient data which was shared before you registered the Type 1 Opt-out.

If you do not want NHS Digital to share your identifiable patient data with anyone else for purposes beyond your own care, then you can also register a National Data Opt-out.

National Data Opt-out (opting out of NHS Digital sharing your data with other organizations)

NHSD will collect data from GP medical records about patients who have registered a National Data Opt-out. The National Data Opt-out applies to identifiable patient data about your health, which is called confidential patient information.

NHS Digital won’t share any confidential patient information about you - this includes GP data, or other information, such as hospital data - with other organisations, unless there is an exemption to this.

To find out more information and how to register a National Data Opt-Out, please read NHSD GP Data for Planning and Research Transparency Notice.

= https://digital.nhs.uk/data-and-information/data-collections-and-data-sets/data-collections/general-practice-data-for-planning-and-research/transparency-notice

Banburyshire Advice Centre support

Banburyshire Advice Centre supports many patients at other surgeries in the Banbury area who need help applying for Blue Badges, benefits and general advice working closely with Social Prescribers. We are also able to issue Food vouchers to those in need.

We are able to provide general advice and Career Advice. However, we cannot provide debt or legal or Tax advice but can refer or signpost onto other agencies. 

The charity is very fortunate in that we can arrange free initial advice for Wills and Power of Attorney for our clients.

We are very happy to support your patients who may need our expertise. A referral is quick and easy.

 You can send an email to this address: helpdeskbancp@yahoo.com with the outline of the problem or contact details and we can do the rest

or you can phone us up and leave a message on 01295 279988

First Contact Physio

First Contact Physio

You can now speak to specialist Physiotherapist Nicki instead of a GP. Booking an initial telephone consultation with First Contact Physio gives you faster access to expert diagnosis along with advice and exercises you need to start tackling the problem. Nicki can also refer you on to hospital services where necessary, order tests and recommend a GP to prescribe pain relief etc.

First Contact Physio will:

  • Assess you and diagnose what’s happening.
  • Give expert advice on how best to manage your condition.
  • Refer you on to specialist services if necessary.
  • First Contact Physiotherapists can deal with any of the following problems:
  • Soft tissue, muscle and joint pain.
  • Strains or sports injuries.
  • Arthritis – any joint.
  • Possible problems with muscles, ligaments, tendons or bone,eg tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, ankle sprains.
  • Spinal pain including lower back pain, mid-back pain and neck pain.
  • Spinal-related pain in arms or legs, including nerve symptoms, eg pins and needles or numbness.
  • Please speak to the Reception Team to book a telephone triage appointment with our specialist physiotherapist.