Two new GPs join the Health Centre team
The Health Centre is delighted to welcome Dr Chloe Carey and Dr Magesh Arthanari to the team from May 2013. Dr Carey will be working on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Dr Magesh is providing the maternity cover for Dr Smit and will be working on Monday mornings, Thursdays and Fridays.
Updated 07 May 2013
Bicester Community Hospital Car Park Closure
The Bicester Community Hospital site is due for redevelopment from the end of March 2013. For the NHS to hand over the site, the developer requires vacant possession of the development land.
Fencing off the site will commence on Wednesday 20 March 2013 and the car park will be closed from that date.
Any property or vehicles left on the site will be removed without notice on 25 March 2013.
The construction will continue for 16 months, at which point a new hospital facility becomes operational.
Access to the existing hospital will be limited to the Kings End entrance and parking will only be available to hospital clients.
Your cooperation in this long awaited development is appreciated.
For enquiries please contact Riana Relihan on 07887 945330 or Michael Schenk on 01753 211100.
Did you take part? In October/November 2012 we carried out a survey with our patients to see how the practice is meeting your needs. The results of the survey have now been published and you can download a copy of the report from our website.
Updated 25 January 2013 11.18hrs
Christmas and New Year Opening Hours.
Up until Friday 21 December 2012, normal hours
Updated 12th December 2012
information for pregnant women
Whooping cough vaccination in pregnant women success
The Department has released provisional figures that suggest over 40% of women due to give birth in October 2012 had been vaccinated against whooping cough. Given the timeframe to put the programme into action, this is a remarkable achievement by everyone involved.
Professor David Salisbury, Director of Immunisation at the Department has said, ‘I’m pleased that nearly half of pregnant women have taken up the offer of the whooping cough vaccine. But I’d urge all pregnant women between 28 and 38 weeks of pregnancy to get the vaccine to protect their babies.
‘Whooping cough is highly infectious and infants are particularly vulnerable. Thirteen infants have died as a result of whooping cough this year and there have been nearly 400 cases of the disease in children under three months old. It’s vital that babies are protected from the day they are born – that’s why we are encouraging all pregnant women to be vaccinated.’
Updated 20th December 2012
Dr Flintan Retired on 29 June 2012
Dr Flintan retired on 29 June 2012.
On 2 July 2012 patients on Dr Flintan's list were transferred to Dr Claire Hutt.
The practice will now be known as Dr G C Moncrieff and Partners.
Updated 23rd August 2012
Patient Survey 2012 - You Said...
In the results of our recent patient survey you told us you wanted us to do more to advise patients that telephone consultations could be an alternative to a face-to-face consultation with your usual doctor....
a complete review of information on telephone consultations. You may find our receptionists offer you a telephone consultation as an alternative to a face-to-face if it is appropriate, usually when the doctor does not have to carry out a physical examination. We have also added information to this website, and displayed posters around the surgery to highlight the telephone consultations.
UPDATED 24 March 2012 14.30hrs
NHS Constitution Revised
The Department of Health published an updated version of the NHS Constitution on 8 March 2012. You can view and download a copy by visiting the Department Of Health website.
UPDATED 14 March 2012 13.21hrs
At present the Patient Contact Centre at the Oxford University Hospitals Foundation Trust is receiving a large volume of calls, whilst at the same time dealing with a new system which was installed recently. If you experience difficulties and delays in getting through on the telephone please could you, wherever possible, use alternative methods to contact the Trust to make your appointment.
Patients can either e.mail OUHAppointments@ouh.nhs.uk, or fill in a form online at http://www.ouh.nhs.uk/patient-guide/appointments/jr-ch-hgh/request.aspx (please note this does not apply to appointments at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre).
You are also advised to use 01865 743360 for urgent queries and cancellations while the problems are being resolved.
We would appreciate your support by using these different avenues of contact where possible but if you are still experiencing problems please contact the surgery and we will do our best to help you make your hospital appointment.
UPDATED 24 January 2012 14.44hrs
Summary Care Records to start in Oxfordshire in 2012
You might have heard something about Summary Care Records before. It is an electronic record which will give healthcare staff outside your GP surgery faster, easier access to essential information about you, to help provide you with safe treatment when you need care in an emergency or when your GP practice is closed. You will receive a letter advising you when the Summary Care Record programme starts in this area, expected to start from around the beginning of April 2012. If you wish to have a Summary Care Record you do not need to do anything, as by default one will be created for you automatically. If you do not want a Summary Care record created, you will need to opt out by advising your surgery.
Find out more about Summary Care Records from the NHS Care Records website
UPDATED 21 January 2012 17.35hrs
NHS Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Cluster Consultation
At the moment in Oxfordshire the NHSspends £350,000 on prescriptions for gluten free foodstuffs for people who have an allergy to gluten known as coeliac disease. The Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group knows that since the decision to prescribe these foods was made there has been a considerable change to the availability of gluten-free food in supermarkets.
The Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group has therefore identified that prescriptions for gluten free products are not necessary to enable those with coeliac disease to eat a healthy and balanced diet.
Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (OCCG) proposes to save £350,000 by no longer funding prescriptions for gluten free products for people with coeliac disease. The savings made will be available for reinvestment and OCCG will investigate contributing some of the savings made to funding an increase in community dietician services so that access to advice and support is provided in a fair and comprehensive way.
Please tell OCCG your views on these proposals at the following short link http://bit.ly/xUfNWB if you would like any hard copies of the survey please contact Julia Stackhouse on 01865 334638 or by email at email@example.com .
UPDATED 11 January 2012 09.34hrs
SMS text service
Have you signed up for our SMS Appointment Reminder service yet? We send a confirmation to your mobile phone after you make an appointment, and a reminder that your appointment is coming up 2 days before. If you recently got a new phone or have changed your mobile number, make sure you let us know your new contact details.
Not signed up yet? We have consent forms available at the surgery or to download - just complete one and drop it in the collection box on the reception desk; or you can call us AFTER 2.30pm please Mon-Fri on 01869 249333 and give us your details.
For more information, pick up a leaflet in surgery, or download it here.
Can't open the forms? You might need Adobe Reader - get it here.
UPDATED 05 January 2012 11.11hrs
UPDATED 12 December 2011 10.44hrs
Patient Reference Group Launches
With the introduction of the recent Health Bill there will be a number of changes to the way in which healthcare is commissioned in the future. This will mean wider consultation with patients and hopefully encourage more patients to take part in this process. After considering the options, we have decided that the best way to promote this greater involvement of patients is to change the format of the format of the former Patient Participation Group to make it easier and less time-consuming for people to take part.
The new group will be called The Health Centre Patient Reference Group. This will be a ‘virtual’ group and communication will be using email and via the practice website. Visit the Patient Group page for more information.
UPDATED 16 November 2011 16.19hrs
Repeat Prescriptions - Update
From 6 June 2011, the website will have a secure form for ordering repeat prescriptions. This ensures only you and the surgery can access the information you provide. You don't need to do anything different to use the new secure form; it will appear in place of the current version.
From the same date, we will cease to accept e-mail requests for repeat prescriptions, as e-mail is a less secure way to transfer personal information.
UPDATED 25 May 2011 14.13hrs
If you become unwell or are injured
A range of NHS services exist to help you get well. Choosing the right one will ensure you receive the best possible treatment.