Welcome to the Charlbury Patient Participation Group page. We will use this page to keep you up to date with Charlbury Medical Practice news, our quarterly newsletters, and occasional bulletins.
Please find our newsletters:
Newsletters continue at the foot of this page.
Charlbury patient participation group has a new email address: Charlburypatientgroup@gmail.com It has taken us a while to transfer all the data from our old nhs.net account and I hope that we haven’t lost any members in the process.
Important changes in the way we access and receive primary care.
There are proposals to make some significant changes in the way we access and receive primary care in our area: GP practices, Dentistry, Pharmacy for example. The new strategy has been put together by the Integrated Care Board (ICB) which commissions health services across Oxfordshire (and Buckinghamshire and Berkshire West) with consultants KPMG and follows a model used in the USA. The new model has been tried out in London but not in a rural setting similar to ours. If the proposals are implemented we may see significant changes in the way we interact with primary care.
Healthwatch Oxfordshire will host an online meeting via zoom on Wednesday 28 February at 5:30pm when you can learn more about the plans and ask questions of the people who have drawn up the proposals. Everybody is welcome. Visit www.healthwatchoxfordshire.co.uk for more information.
Here is the link to the Primary Care Strategy: https://www.bucksoxonberksw.icb.nhs.uk/news/posts/bob-icb-news/november-2023/join-the-primary-care-conversation-to-help-transform-services/
There is an opportunity to complete a short survey where you can express your views on the proposals. The survey closes on 29 February.Your views are important. These changes when implemented will affect us all.
Wellbeing support from Mind Oxfordshire. CMC now has a wellbeing worker: Megan Saunders who works for the charity Mind Oxfordshire. Patients can refer themselves to Megan for support.
Mind’s website tells us that primary care wellbeing workers such as Megan will work with people who are experiencing mental health issues or other social problems which are impacting their wellbeing. Megan will offer 1 to 1 sessions either in person, or over the phone.
• listen to you, giving you time to speak about your concerns and the things that are important to you
• offer time, space and support for you to work out the positive changes you want to make
• tell you about relevant services, resources and tools you can access to improve your wellbeing.
• support you to identify goals and encourage you to work towards them.
The self-referral form and more information can be found here:
New website and app for quick and easy guidance on common childhood illnesses. This has been developed by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, the NHS and Healthier Together to help parents and carers of young children. From newborn babies to school age children there is simple, clear advice about topics such as tummy ache, bronchiolitis, RSV and rashes. See https://www.oxfordshire-healthiertogether.nhs.uk/ to find out more and how to download the app.
CMC website.www.thecharlburymedicalcentre.nhs.uk The medical centre website has been brought up to date and now includes details of all the clinicians. Click on Practice Team and the little down arrow to see when GPs and the paramedic are available for consultation. Locums provide maternity cover for Drs Hurney and Gillgan.
Change in medication. If your medication has changed or you have a newly prescribed medication from hospital, please ensure that the medical practice is aware of the change. It sometimes takes a week or so for new instructions to arrive, but please do follow up any changes by contacting the practice. Please ring after 10:30am if possible and ask to speak to dispensary or the clinical pharmacist.
MACMILLAN CANCER SUPPORT COFFEE MORNING
You are invited to a Macmillan Cancer Support coffee morning.
When: Friday, 20 October
Time: 10am to Noon
Where: Charlbury Medical Centre
The medical centre looks forward to seeing you there for coffee and cake
Drs Hurney and Gillgan are on maternity leave. Their return dates are not yet known.
Dr Khan continues as a locum for one day per week for the next two months.
Dr Mason joined the practice as a salaried GP in mid-September. She works on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday morning and cares for patients who were previously assigned to Dr Jones. Dr Jones left the practice in March 2023. Dr Mason is the safe-guarding lead in CMC.
Ben Haydon-Johnston, the advanced paramedic. His working days are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday morning. He has pre-booked consultations with patients as well as assessing patients’ calls to identify the most appropriate clinical consultation.
Dr Brookes-White’s patients with long term conditions have been allocated to either Dr McIntyre or Dr Mason.
Dr McIntyre is the clinical lead in palliative care. (Palliative care offers physical, emotional and practical support to people with a terminal illness. It can be offered at any point after a terminal diagnosis). Dr McIntyre is the lead physician in CMC.
Dr Pria is a locum doctor who carries out consultations over the phone on Mondays and Fridays.
Covid and Flu clinics in October: 3rd, 12th and 17th October for CMC patients
We have posted an item in news alerting eligible patients to be on the look out for a text message on their smart phone from the medical practice. Please follow the instructions right through to choosing and booking an appointment. You will receive a confirmation text straight away. The clinics will be, as usual, in the Football and Social Club.
Important. If you have a friend or relative who has received a text message, but who may find it difficult to book an appointment please, with their agreement, help them to do so. Thank you.
Prescription charges have gone up.
The Department of Health and Social Care has announced a 30p (3.21 per cent) rise in prescription charges
from April 1st 2023. This increases the prescription charge for a single item to £9.65.
The cost of prescription pre-payment certificates (PPCs) will also be increased.
How much could I save?
If you need:
Unfortunately, some people are not attending pre-booked appointments, particularly appointments for the Asthma Clinic. Patients are also missing booked appointments with the GP and nurse. Appointments are precious, please do not waste them. Please let the surgery know if you are unable to keep an appointment, even at short notice your appointment can be offered to another patient.
Thank you for helping the medical centre and our community.
Please click on the icon at the foot of this page to read the patient group's latest newsletter: June newsletter 2022. This time we include latest information about the proposed treatment and management of lower back pain, how UV damages our eyes, and the Red Cross collection of small items of medical equipment which takes place on 5 July. There is also a special plea from the practice manager Kathy Gale:
Repeat Prescriptions. The slowest, least efficient and most expensive way of ordering a repeat prescription is by ringing the practice. Please whenever possible order a repeat prescription using the NHS App, Patient Access, or putting your slip in the white letter box next to the front door of the practice.
Masks and face coverings. Please wear a mask or face covering when attending the surgery. There is a high prevelance of Covid in our community. Please help to keep everybody well.
News from the Practice
Dermatology. The Practice has purchased a Scope (to look in detail at a lesion) and from there each GP will follow the guidelines of the Dermatology department. The practice has also purchased a centrifuge to spin blood samples enabling samples to be kept without deteriorating in the fridge overnight. This means that samples can be taken throughout the day instead of up until noon as now.
The practice asks that all people visiting the practice continue to wear a face covering for the protection of other patients, staff and themselves. There are still many cases of covid in our community.
Charlbury Medical Centre completed their Covid-19 vaccination programme in December by which time they had delivered approximately 11,000 doses. This is an amazing achievement. Thank you to all the staff, the volunteers and the patients of CMC who made this possible.
The Winter 2022 newsletter is available to read as a PDF at the bottom of the page. In this edition we give information about the Warm Home Discount; the environmental impact of inhalers; bowel and breast cancer screening.
Help from your local pharmacy
Pharmacies can give treatment advice about a range of common conditions and minor injuries, such as:
aches and pains
People aged 65 and under who think they may have a urine infection can book a consultation with the pharmacist. If the pharmacist diagnoses an infection the pharmacist may prescribe a course of antibiotics.
Please do not visit the pharmacy if you think you may have, or have coronavirus.
Averose telephone number: 01608 810 315
You will find at the foot of this page, the autumn newsletter from the patient group. Please read it to find out about other sources of help and advice if you are not feeling well.
Remember to use local pharmacies where highly trained pharmacists can help with many common ailments.
Witney Minor Injuries Unit is open seven days a week and can save a visit to Oxford and Banbury A&E. Phone the MIU first on 01865 903 841 to make an appoitment.
NHS 111: open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. By dialling 111 you will speak to well trained staff who can refer you to a doctor or nurse, or if necessary make an appointment at A&E saving a long wait. They can make an appointment for you at your GP practice if necessary and give advice and information to help you.
By using these support services we can help the medical practice to concentrate on helping patients where there is no other appropriate source of clinical support. Thank you.
Summer NewsletterThe patient group's latest summer newsletter is available to open and read at the bottom of the page. In this edition we have an article about antibiotics, their use and the dangers of over-use. New services for women aged 16 and over at Averose Pharmacy in Charlbury: contraceptive advice and diagnosis and treatment of urine infections for women aged 16 to 64. Social prescribing has come to the Charlbury Medical Centre. "Your docotor isn't the only person who can help you feel better." Link workers Sue and Sian are hear to help all adults aged 18 and over. Read more about this new service in the newsletter. As soon as we receive information from the practice about the vaccination booster and flu vaccination programme, we'll let you know.
Just in case you did not spot our latest newsletter in "News" on this website, it can be found at the foot of this page. In this edition we focus on heart health, especially women's heart health, where problems can be missed or wrongly diagnosed. The article is written by a patient of CMC. We also describe hypertension, or high blood pressure which is one of the most commonly occurring conditions in patients of CMC, and how to monitor blood pressure at home. Jason from Charlbury Community Centre encourages us to excercise more and Nikki Jackson writes about the benefits of yoga therapy. We hope you find the newsletter interesting.
Your Vaccination Records
By downloading the NHS App, (not the coronavirus tracing app) you can see and have evidence of your immunisations, including the Covid 19 vaccination. It may take time for information to be uploaded onto the app, but it will get there.
After you download the app, you will need to set up an NHS login and prove who you are. All this can be done at home with some patience and perseverance. You only need to do it once. There is no need to visit the medical centre with your documents.
The app then securely connects to information from your GP surgery.
You can use the NHS App to:
See details of the vaccinations you have received.
order repeat prescriptions - see your available medicines, request a new repeat prescription and choose a pharmacy for your prescriptions to be sent to
book appointments - search for, book and cancel appointments at your GP surgery, and see details of your upcoming and past appointments (no online booking available at the moment)
see test results – for tests ordered by the GP or nurse, and see whether they are within the normal range
get health advice - search trusted NHS information and advice on hundreds of conditions and treatments, and get instant advice or medical help near you
view your medical record - securely access your GP medical record, to see information like your allergies and your current and past medicines
register your organ donation decision - choose to donate some or all of your organs and check your registered decision
find out how the NHS uses your data - choose if data from your health records is shared for research and planning
In the NHS App you can see when your repeat prescription order is:
waiting for GP approval or undetermined
approved by your GP or issued
rejected or refused
You can contact your GP surgery or nominated pharmacy to find out when your medicine will be ready.
Unfortunately, at the moment we cannot book appointments online due to Covid-19 restrictions.
For more information visit: https://www.nhs.uk/nhs-services/online-services/nhs-app/
· Unexplained bleeding
· Significant and spontaneous bruising in different areas of the body
· Unexplained weight loss
· Unusual thirst, very frequent urination
· New and persistent headaches, not improving with painkillers, especially if accompanied by dizziness and or nausea
· Moles which grow, change shape, colour, start itching or bleeding
· Any new lumps anywhere on your body
· Breast cancer can have several symptoms, but the first noticeable symptom is usually a lump or area of thickened breast tissue. Most breast lumps are not cancerous, but it's always best to have them checked by a doctor
More information in our 2020 spring newsletter at the bottom of this page.
Important Key Facts and more information in the article at the foot of the page. Click on the icon to open.