Charlbury Patient Participation Group: CPPG

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.

During the Coronavirus emergency, news from the medical practice is posted on the Community Support page, under "Health".

Please find our  newsletters:

Newsletters continue at the foot of this page.

Click on the PDF icon and the newsletter will open.

July 2020

Vaccines for the control of the Coronavirus.   Tuesday 14th July from 3 pm at  

Andrew Pollard, Professor of Paediatric Infection and Immunity in Oxford and the Co-Theme Lead for Vaccines, will speak about the development of a vaccine candidate for Covid-19 and the progress of its clinical trials. To submit a question, please use the YouTube Live chat or

 e-mail:  to send a question in advance.

Delay in seeking treatment for visual defects

As with all other symptoms which concern you, anyone noticing a change in their vision should be seen as soon as possible, and a call made to your Practice for advice on the same day.  Specialist eye units are concerned about the drop in referrals of up to 90% in the early stages of lockdown as people were not presenting with their symptoms. 

The main condition of concern is wet Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) and if this is caught early, it is treatable, but if not, it will result in sight loss. Many other visual conditions should also be seen as soon as possible. 

June 2020

Cancer Care. A message from Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust

Patients receiving cancer care in Oxfordshire are reminded that safe cancer care is still available to them during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A national survey suggested that getting COVID-19, or giving it to their family, was among the top reasons that people would not come forward with cancer symptoms, along with fears they could be a burden to the health service.

We have taken numerous measures at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (OUH) to make sure our patients can still receive their care in a safe environment, despite the COVID-19 outbreak.

These include designating the Churchill Hospital as a 'cold' site, which means that the presence of COVID-19 is brought down to an absolute minimum.

Nick Maynard, Cancer Lead at OUH, said: "We've noticed that people haven't been attending their appointments, and we don't want people to miss out on cancer care because of fears around COVID-19. Finding and treating cancer early gives us the best chance to cure it, and ignoring potential problems can have serious consequences now or in the future. Ongoing care and treatment is just as important, as many of these are also curative and can control disease long term.

"We want to reassure people that we have really robust procedures in place to make sure that you receive your care safely. We've seen some departments where attendance has dropped quite a lot, like Radiotherapy, and we want our patients to feel confident in the fact that they're in a safe environment and that their treatment can continue as it always did."


May 2020

 Organ donation 20.05.20

The Source of the information which follows is:

Organ donation law in England changed on 20 May 2020 It has moved to an "opt out" system.

What is organ and tissue donation? Organ and tissue donation is the act of giving your organs and/or tissues to help save or improve the lives of others when you die. One organ donor can save or transform the lives of up to nine people. Tissue transplants can also significantly improve a person’s quality of life. This might be a cornea to help someone see again, a replacement heart valve to treat a heart defect, or skin to treat severe burns.

What has changed?

Organ donation in England has moved to an 'opt out' system. You may also hear it referred to as 'Max and Keira's Law'.

This means that all adults in England will be considered to have agreed to be an organ donor when they die unless they have recorded a decision not to donate or are in one of the excluded groups.

Who will the changes affect?

These changes will affect all adults in England unless they have recorded a decision not to donate or are in one of the following excluded groups:

  • Those under the age of 18
  • People who lack the mental capacity to understand the new arrangements and take the necessary action
  • Visitors to England, and those not living here voluntarily
  • People who have lived in England for less than 12 months before their death

Your family will still be approached and your faith, beliefs and culture will continue to be respected.

You still have a choice whether or not you wish to become a donor. Get the facts about organ donation to help you decide. 

Why has the law changed?

The law has been changed to help save and improve more lives. Every day across the UK, someone dies waiting for a transplant.

What do I have to do?

We are asking everyone to:

1.    Record your organ donation decision on the NHS Organ Donor Register

2.    Tell your family and friends what you have decided

If you would like to speak to somebody about your choices, please call the dedicated phone line:

 0300 303 2094

Mon – Fri: 8am - 8pm 

Sat and Sun: 8am - 4pm

Charlbury Medical Centre staff wish to thank patients for their understanding  and co-operation during the Covid 19 emergency. Patients have responded well to telephone consultations, emailing helpful photographs of rashes, bites, sore throats and all sorts.

If you have an appointment at the Practice, please do not arrive too early as it is not possible to wait in reception. Services will return to normal when it is safe to do so. Thank you.

April 2020

Call your Practice to seek advice on any of the following:

·        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 latest spring newsletter at the bottom of this page.

The Spring Newsletter from the patient group is available at the foot of the page as a PDF.

In this edition we write about some of the symptoms, other than coronavirus, which require clinical attention for both adults and children.  Clinicians worry that disease is being overlooked in our efforts to protect the NHS.  We must also remember to protect ourselves and those we care about.

Please open it to read about:
  • Heart attack symptoms
  • Stroke symptoms
  • Symptoms about which we should consult the GP
  • Children and babies: when to dial 999, or go to A&E
  • An important message for expectant mothers
  • Help lines: Domestic abuse helpline, mental health help line and a help line for diabetic patients in need of urgent clinical advice.
14 April 2020MENTAL HEALTH HELPLINEA mental health helpline has been launched by Oxford Health Foundation Trust, with support from Oxfordshire Mind.Adults: 01865 904 997Children and young people: 01865 904 998The helpline will operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for people who need mental health care when their situation is not life threatening.  The line will provide the right mental health advice for people of all ages. During office hours, people who already use mental health services should contact services using the number in their care plan.Source:


Important Key Facts and more information in the article at the foot of the page. Click on the icon to open.

The latest information from Charlbury Medical Centre is posted in Community Support under "Health".

Age UK Oxfordshire.  Telephone support service

A new telephone support service has been launched by Age UK Oxfordshire and Action for Carers Oxfordshire.  The aim is to offer advice and assistance to older people and carers. The service will provide a friendly weekly telephone call and an opportunity to help, or if appropriate direct people to other sources of help.

Call 01865 411 288.  Leave your name and phone number.  Your call will be returned as soon as possible.


Oxfordshire County Council's Social and Health Care (previously the Access Team) team take all referrals to Social and Community Services.

They take referrals for Occupational Therapy, Social Work and Carers Assessments.

If you would like to find out more, or would like to make a referral for yourself, or someone you know, please visit or call the team on 0345 050 7666.

In an emergency outside normal working hours call the emergency team on: 0800 833 408


AMBULANCE CALLING!  The Ambulance Service must be able to see house numbers and names clearly especially when visiting for the first time.  Not being able to see a name or number from the roadside perhaps because they are obscured by greenery could result in valuable minutes being wasted.

The Ambulance Service suggests that you check your house sign is visible from the road and makes the following recommendations:

  1. Make sure the sign is not obstructed by trees or greenery
  2. If possible, at night switch on an outside light if an ambulance has been called
  3. The house name or number should be at least 3inches in height and 4 feet from the ground
  4. If the property is more than 75 feet from the road, the house name or number should be placed on the gate post or post box no further than 25 feet from the edge of the road.
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