COVID vaccination programme
We are now receiving deliveries of the Covid-19 vaccinations and have started running clinics.
We apologise that we receive short notice of deliveries, so, consequently, there is only short notice (less than 1 week) given for your appointment.
As of 12th February, we hope to have invited all of our 70+ year old registered patients and all those who are on the Clinically Extremely Vulnerable list (those who have been contacted to shield). This is the UK vaccination committee (JCVI) cohorts 1-4. If you fit these criteria and have not heard, please contact the surgery and we will endeavour to fit you as soon as possible.
We are starting to invite cohort 6. This is those considered to be clinically vulnerable as having underlying health conditions as defined by the JCVI, the list of those patients can be accessed on the below link. Please note, that we are following JCVI guidance strictly on this and so many people who usually receive the flu vaccine as clinically vulnerable are not included on this list. Please note this is a large cohort of people and it may take some weeks to get through everyone so please do not contact the surgery to book an appointment as you will be contacted.
The local mass vaccination centre at the Kassam stadium is now inviting cohort 5 (those aged 65-69 years old). Should you not be able to travel there or prefer to have your vaccination with us at the Cherwell School, please contact the surgery on firstname.lastname@example.org so we can facilitate this. Please try not to phone the surgery unless you have no other option, to try and free up our phones for those needing appointments.
- The vaccine is being offered in a strict order of priority as determined by NHS England. You will be contacted to book an appointment when you become eligible. Most of these invites will come as a text message or phone call, if we do not have a mobile number for you or you do not respond to the text message.
- Only patients with appointments should attend. Anyone attending without an appointment will unfortunately be turned away.
- Vaccinations will take place at Cherwell School North Site Marston Ferry Rd, Oxford OX2 7EE.
- It will be a joint clinic with patients and staff from Summertown Health Centre, 19 Beaumont Street Surgery, and Banbury Road Medical Centre.
- Current guidance is that a second dose is necessary 12 weeks after the initial dose – we will contact you at that time to book the follow up vaccination
- Please read this information below about the vaccination before you attend
- Please wear clothes that make it easy for you to get your upper arm out for the vaccine
- Please cancel your appointment if you have any coronavirus symptoms (cough, fever or loss of sense of taste or smell)
- There is a reasonable amount of parking at the school site, but if possible, please come on foot.
BAME Groups and COVID-19 Vaccination
We are aware of various reports and research that BAME patients may be less likely to want the Coronavirus vaccine. At Summertown Group Practice we are very focussed on getting the vaccine to all groups in our patient population. We urge you if you have any questions or worries about the vaccines, to call or email us so that we can respond to any worries or queries.
Please find below a link and videos that might help if you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccination programme:
- COVID-19 vaccine information - Oxford University Hospitals (ouh.nhs.uk)
- Terry Roberts, Chief People Officer - BAME - YouTube
- Why get vaccinated? - Ariel Lanada, Chair of the OUH BAME Network - YouTube
- COVID Vaccination - Imam Monawar Hussain, OUH Muslim Chaplain - YouTube
- Faith Leaders for Covid Vaccination - YouTube
Please do contact the staff at the surgery if you have further questions.
COVID-19 Trial Recruitment
Summertown Health Centre is taking part in the national PRINCIPLE clinical trial, which aims to find low-risk treatments for older people with COVID-19 that can be taken at home.
To be eligible to join the trial you will need to have experienced symptoms that are likely to be caused by COVID-19 for fewer than 15 days.
The trial is open to people aged 65 or over, or aged 50–64 with an underlying health condition.
If you are registered at Summertown Health Centre and would like more information, please contact us on 01865-515552. You can also join the trial online, even if you are not currently registered with our practice. For full details, visit http://www.principletrial.org
Patient Notice - Coronavirus
Call the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Mental Health Helpline if you need help with a mental health problem. This number replaces 111 for mental health advice in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.
- For adults and older adults call 01865 904997.
- For children and young people call 01865 904998.
We are aware that many people are finding it very stressful being confined to their homes for so long. If you’re finding it tough and have children at home, you might like to look at these helpful resources.
You can get in touch with your children’s head teacher/head of year at school, and the school nursing team might be able to help -find their details here: https://www.oxfordhealth.nhs.uk/school-health-nurses/
Please get in touch with us if you are worried about your own health or that of your children.
If you’ve had a baby in the last couple of months and would like some support from other mothers, and professionals, please visit this link: https://www.facebook.com/botleybridges/
The NHS and Public Health England (PHE) are extremely well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal.
NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need medical help and advise you what to do.
Use this service if:
- you think you might have coronavirus
- in the last 14 days you've been to a country or area with a high risk of coronavirus – see coronavirus advice for travellers and a list of high risk countries on nhs.uk
- you've been in close contact with someone with coronavirus
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Stay indoors and avoid close contact with other people. Call 111 if you need to speak to someone.
In Scotland call your GP or NHS 24 on 111 out of hours.
In Northern Ireland call 111.
For region specific information and advice in:
- England visit nhs.uk
- Wales visit phw.nhs.wales
- Scotland visit nhsinform.scot
- Northern Ireland visit HSC
- Ireland visit HSE
Further information and details of how to self-isolate are available on nhs.uk.
Further updates can be found on the Blood.co.uk site here: https://www.blood.co.uk/news-and-campaigns/news-and-statements/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/
Welcome to Summertown Health Centre
Our vision is to provide high quality care to all our patients and to continually strive to improve our service to the community.
Our main surgery is in Summertown with others in Cutteslowe and Wolvercote. Between them they are open for consultations for a total of 140 hours each week including opportunities for early morning, late evening telephone consultations and surgeries and a Saturday morning surgery.
Out of normal opening hours you should call 111 if you require urgent health advice.
Please note, unfortunately we are unable to offer parking to patients in our car park. This is a staff only car park. Please use the Ferry Pool car park which is a short walking distance from the surgery.
We are a group practice. Our team of GPs work together sharing information within the practice to enable you to see any GP. However, every patient has a named GP responsible for their care (if you do not know who your named GP is, please contact the health centre). We also run regular clinics covering a wide range of services.
Our practice area covers Summertown and North Oxford, including Wolvercote, Cutteslowe, Marston and Kidlington. It goes into the city centre as far as Beaumont Street. We also look after students at the University Colleges of Trinity, St Hugh’s, St Edmund Hall and St Antony’s and The Dragon School, St Edwards School and Summer Fields School.