Blood test tube shortage
There's currently a shortage of blood test tubes in the UK.
You can still have a blood test if you have an urgent health problem. But you may be asked to wait for your test, or rebook one at a later date, if your doctor says it's safe to do so.
We cannot give an exact date for when blood tests can be rebooked, but you will get a test as soon as possible if you need one.
If you're worried about your symptoms, go to 111.nhs.uk or call 111.
Demonstrating your COVID-19 vaccination status when travelling abroad - GOV.UK
Managing common childhood illnesses during the pandemic
Suspected coronavirus (COVID-19)
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
General Practice Transparency Notice for Planning and Research
General Practice Transparency Notice for sharing Data for Planning and Research (Replacement for GPES)
We have been informed that the consultation on this continues. We are awaiting further directions and will update our website when we are informed.
NHS Digital collected patient data from general practices using a service called the General Practice Extraction Service (GPES), which has operated for over 10 years and now needs to be replaced.
Patient data collected from general practice is needed to support a wide variety of research and analysis to help run and improve health and care services. Whilst the data collected in other care settings such as hospitals is valuable in understanding and improving specific services, it is the patient data in general practice that helps us to understand whether the health and care system as a whole is working for patients.
In addition to replacing what GPES already does, the General Practice Data for Planning and Research service will also help to support the planning and commissioning of health and care services, the development of health and care policy, public health monitoring and interventions (including coronavirus (COVID-19) and enable many different areas of research.
For more information about this see the GP Practice Privacy Notice for General Practice Data for Planning and Research.”
COVID vaccination programme
OMICRON variant of Covid-19
Urgent work is ongoing to fully understand how the Omicron variant may change the behaviour of the virus with regards to vaccines and transmissibility. We will update you when we have more information.
Vaccines continue to remain the best line of defence. The Government has good reason to remain confident that our current vaccines will provide protection against the new variant but the extent of this continues to be investigated.
All adults who have not yet received their first or second dose of the vaccine, or those who are eligible for their booster are encouraged to come forward to help protect themselves and others. This can be done through the national booking service.
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) now advises:
- All adults aged 18 to 39 years should be offered a booster dose, in order of descending age groups, to increase their levels of protection.
- Booster doses should be given no sooner than three months after the primary course.
- All severely immunosuppressed individuals should be offered their booster dose no sooner than three months after completing their primary course of 3 doses.
- Young people aged 12 to 15 years should receive a second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, no sooner than 12 weeks after their first dose.
The booster will be offered in order of descending age groups, with priority given to the vaccination of older adults and those in a COVID-19 at-risk group. This will accelerate the deployment of COVID-19 vaccines and raise levels of protection across the population. The NHS is working on the plans to offer the booster to the new groups above. But please note that this is not available yet. We will update you as the service develops but please remember the NHS will contact you when it is your turn. Please do not ring the GP practice.
Covid Vaccination Boosters
Due to our limited access to large vaccination sites from December our final large clinics of 2021 will be held on Friday 26th November in 2021. Boosters are widely available in city sites including Boots in Cornmarket Street, Exeter Hall in Kidlington and the Kassam Stadium. Appointments are bookable here or by calling 119. Details of walk-in vaccine sites are here.
If you think you may have been missed out then please email firstname.lastname@example.org so we can check the system.
Currently these vaccinations will ALL be Pfizer or Moderna vaccinations, irrespective of what your first vaccinations were. We cannot organise specific choice or alternative vaccinations due to preference.
PLEASE NOTE WE ARE HOLDING THESE VACCINATION CLINICS AT ST ANDREWS CHURCH, LINTON ROAD. THERE IS STREET PARKING AVAILABLE BUT PLEASE TRY TO COME ON PUBLIC TRANSPORT/FOOT IF POSSIBLE.
Please see this link for address but do not contact the church directly for queries:
If you are >18 years old then you are likely to receive a central NHS invite to book your vaccination at other sites. You should be able to book online at mass vacination sites 30days before your due booster date, However, with the speeding up of boosters there will be a priority order by age and date of second vaccination.
NHS Vaccination Passes
The surgery cannot edit these if details are incorrect unless we gave you the vaccination at our site and you should contact 119 in the first instance with any issues with this. If you are attending a vaccine site for a second dose having had a first dose abroad, PLEASE inform them so they input this correctly at the time.
The NHS COVID Pass for travel does not currently include COVID-19 booster vaccinations. The government is reviewing the implications and requirements for boosters for international travel certification. It is looking at whether and how booster vaccinations could be included in the NHS COVID Pass for travel.
12-15 year olds
This is currently being organised and rolled out by schools, via the Oxford Health school nurses and immunisations teams and will not be done by us. This includes those who have missed their first vaccinations.
Vaccinations done abroad
We are able to update your GP record with any vaccinations received abroad. However, we can only input this into the database that is captured on the NHS App and National Booking Service if you have had a vaccine that is licensed and been administered in the UK. Unfortunately this issue is not a local one but a governmental issue.
A new service to manage overseas vaccinations will be available via 119 from December 2021: https://www.nhsx.nhs.uk/covid-19-response/recording-covid-19-vaccinations-administered-overseas/
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.