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New Urgent Minor Illness Service

We are participating in a new approach to improve access for patients to GP appointments. The aim is to direct patients to the most appropriate healthcare professional, which may be a GP or a pharmacist.

From August if your symptoms could be resolved by a booked consultation with the pharmacist instead of the GP, you will be given a same-day referral to a pharmacy of your choice. We think this is a good thing.

Once you see how great your local pharmacist is – they are highly trained and skilled clinicians experienced in treating minor illnesses – we don’t think you’ll look back.

This will also help us to free up GP appointments for people with more complex health needs and ensure that everyone gets treated at the right time, by the right healthcare professional.

We are keen to hear what you think and will be listening to your comments and feedback about your experience of using this service.

Blandford Fly Season

Blandford Fly Season has come around again! This common nuisance can cause painful bites with swelling and blistering. They are usually found near water and prevention is the key to avoiding this nasty blackfly. 

Blandford Fly advice sheet

You may receive a letter from the NHS inviting you to book your Spring booster through the National Booking System or by calling 119 who will offer you appointments at the mass vaccination centre at the Kassam Stadium in Oxford or at several Oxfordshire community pharmacies. WE are not currently offering vaccinations at the Surgery until the Autumn Campaign starts.

Please do not call the practice but wait to be contacted.

On Tuesday 13th July, Public Health England (PHE) clarified that its Infection Prevention & Control (IPC) guidance remains unchanged after 19th July, including:

• “The use of facemasks/ coverings by all outpatients (if tolerated) and visitors when entering a hospital, GP/dental surgery or other care settings”
• “Physical distancing of 2 metres remains in place as standard practice in all health and care settings, unless providing clinical or personal care and wearing appropriate PPE”
• “Where possible and clinically appropriate remote consultations rather than face-to-face should be offered to patients/individuals”

Breast Screening Update

The next round of mammograms for Cogges patients is currently March 2022 however the service is currently 3-4 months behind. If you have any breast changes including lumps, persistent pain, skin or nipple changes in the meantime please contact the Surgery for review


Street Tag

Are you interested in getting more healthy? Try Street Tag and walk Cogges to the top of the GP Leaderboard!

1. Install the app, create a team and join a leaderboard.

2. Earn points from physical activities indoor and outdoor walking, running, cycling to collect virtual tags + convert your steps into points.

3. Get Rewards/Win prizes such as sports equipment, Amazon vouchers and more.

Recovering from Covid 19?

Oxford Health have produced a useful guide for people.  They are also running a Post Covid clinic for those people who still have symptoms 6-8 weeks on.  Speak to your GP who can refer you if this is the case.  In the meantime here is the link for the information leaflet. Link to Post Covid Patient Information Leaflet

Safe Haven

If you develop a mental health crisis at the weekend you can get support from Oxford Safe Haven. Click on the link or phone 01865 903037.

The Oxford Safe Haven is open on Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Monday from  6pm until 10pm.

MMR Catch-Up

There have been outbreaks of both measles and mumps in the last couple of years and we are promoting booster vaccinations for those who may not have had both doses. 

Why do I need the MMR vaccine?

We will shortly be identifying patients who have missed one or both of the vaccinations and inviting them in to have these done.

Hydration and Covid-19 in Adults

Staying at home and self isolating is having a good effect in slowing down the spread of COVID-19. Taking some activity (walking, cycling, running) every day near your home while avoiding contact with other people, will help with feeling better physically and lift your mood. It is important to drink enough fluid at all times but even more so during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please see the attached Patient Information Leaflet for more information

Eye emergencies and Minor Eye Conditions

There is a new direct line for advice and referrals for patients suffering persistent eye symptoms such as worsening vision, flashes and floaters, pain, redness or watering. 

Call  the triage service on 01865 234567 Option 1 08:30 - 16:30 Mon-Fri 08:30 - 15:30 Sat/Sun/Bank Holidays

Mental health advice helpline

A 24/7 mental health helpline for the public, provided by Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, is launching on Friday 10 April 2020.

• Adult helpline: 01865 904997

• Children and young people: 01865 904998

The helpline will offer advice on how to manage symptoms, when and where to get help and access to support from mental health professionals. Please see their website for more information. 



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