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Come one come all!

(as long as you're over 18 and have not had COVID in the last 4 weeks).

Cogges are holding a booster walk-in clinic today from 9 til 6. You need to be a registered patient, over 18, and not have tested positive for COVID in the last 4 weeks or have had a positive contact in the last 10 days. You must be three months post your second dose. We run a ticketing system to keep the queues down but wrap up warm! Please do not come if there was a medical reason you could not have Pfizer the first time around as this is the vaccine you will be given. Please remember, this is a booster clinic - we are not giving firsts or seconds.

Merry Christmas and see you soon!


The Great Booster Push

As you are probably aware, the Omnicron variant is highly transmissible and cases are doubling every 2-3 days. There are currently 800 cases in Oxfordshire which means the majority of the county is at risk of huge amounts of cases in the next few weeks which will put immense pressure on an already stretched NHS service.

Cogges as part of the West Oxfordshire group has agreed to try and give the booster to as many of our vulnerable groups (cohorts 1-9) as possible and will try to support the mass vaccination centres with cohort 10 (the over 40s) by the end of next week. We will be suspending some of our routine appointments to try and push through the 1000 or so doses we need to get through to achieve this and so we ask if your medical or nursing issue is not urgent please contact us in the New Year to take some of the pressure off our emergency clinicians.

We will continue to invite bookings for 1-9 through our pre-booked clinics so do please reply to or decline these invites to make our processes easier. We will be running two WALK IN clinics - one on Sunday 19th in the morning and one all day Wednesday 22nd, first come first served. These are for Pfizer boosters only and not first/second doses. Please do not phone the surgery about these clinics, you will be contacted by us.


A reminder: if you have symptoms of possible COVID infection - new persistent cough OR a fever OR altered taste/smell you must arrange a PCR (lab) test. A lateral flow test is not accurate enough to exclude COVID. Let's protect our relatives, colleagues and NHS staff this winter.


Think you may have caught COVID-19? Please see the advice on what to do next if you have not been confirmed positive but are isolating at home here


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

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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.


 

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.

https://www.oxfordhealth.nhs.uk/support-advice/what-to-do-in-an-emergency/ 

 

 

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