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COVID delta variant cases have risen in the West Oxfordshire area. Schools have issued a reminder that viruses in general are circulating again and many children are off sick with temperatures, coughs and cold symptoms. Happily the majority have tested negative for COVID but please do not forget:_

a) if your child has ANY symptoms of COVID - fever/cough/loss of smell or taste to isolate until:-

b) you have got the result of the PCR (a test that needs to be sent to a lab NOT a home test)

Please stay sensible and stay safe!

Summer has finally arrived! 

Do remember that staying hydrated can prevent urinary tract infections (UTIs) so remember to drink plenty of water through the day especially if you are moving around a lot in the heat.

NHS App to be used as vaccine passport

From 17th May the NHS App will be updated to display your covid vaccination status and can be used as a vaccine passport. Download the app here

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.

Invitations for COVID-19 vaccinations

Our PCN group, comprising Cogges, Eynsham, Windrush and Nuffield, has decided not to participate in vaccinating cohorts 10-12 ongoing, freeing our clinicians up to maintain the good patient care and access which remains extremely important to us as a small local practice.

A Communique from the Vaccine Group on behalf of the West Oxfordshire PCN:-

Dear Patients,

As you know we have been running the Covid Vaccination Programme since December and in that time have provided more than 30,000 vaccinations. All of those patients in the high risk groups (who wanted the vaccine) have had their first dose and in a few weeks time all will have had their second doses.

This has been a colossal effort and we are really proud of what our team, the volunteers and volunteer vaccinators have been able to achieve to protect our community and to get back to normality. We are grateful to them for this work.

We are also grateful that virtually all of you have taken up the offer of the vaccination and for your understanding and patience as we have gone through the process of calling you in and administering the vaccination. If you are in the high risk groups and haven’t yet replied to our invites, please do so as soon as possible.

As you can imagine, the vaccination programme has had a significant impact on our staff who are quite frankly, exhausted, as many have been working additional hours in evenings and weekends and at short notice.  It has also impacted on the normal medical services that we offer.

We now need to focus on the resumption of all of these services which will take a lot of planning and reorganisation as we tackle the backlog that is building up in the NHS.

The 2nd phase of the vaccination programme for the well 18-50 year olds has not really started because of the shortage of supply through April. This is now set to start as supplies come on stream in the next week or so. Unlike the 1st phase, this 2nd  phase will be delivered from the Mass Vaccination Centres – the nearest one being the Kassam Stadium and NOT the surgery.

You can book your appointment via the National Booking System here and can check when you will become eligible by looking here.

For clarification, the surgery will not be offering new vaccinations to patients under 50 without a health condition. We will be completing those who need a second dose and those in the high risk groups who have not yet taken up their offer and we will be contacting you in the normal way.

We understand that there will be a new campaign in the autumn to offer boosters to the high risk groups and we will communicate how we will be doing this when we get the information.


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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