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.
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A Reminder from the Practice
If at all possible, please try to avoid ringing the medical practice on Monday mornings. It is their busiest time, and you may have to wait in a queue. Mid week is less busy with less time to wait for your call to be answered.
Infection control at the medical centre
The practice manager reminds us of the measures that are in place to keep staff and patients safe from infection:
· All patient visits to the Surgery are by prior appointment only.
· All patients (and any other visitors, such as delivery drivers) need to wear a face mask.
· The doors to the Surgery will be kept locked (except for prescription collection times) until the patient is told they are allowed to enter. The building is air-conditioned so there is no need for the doors to be kept open.
· On arrival at the Surgery the patient should ring the bell and wait for a member of staff to come and escort them inside.
· If there are several patients waiting outside, they should maintain a distance of 2 metres from each other.
· The dispenser is not required to wear a mask but patients should stand at least 2 metres away from her at all times.
· The receptionists are not required to wear a mask as this makes it difficult for them to use the phone but if a patient needs to speak to someone at Reception they should maintain a distance of 2 metres at all times.
People who test positive for coronavirus or show symptoms in the UK must now self-isolate for at least 10 days, rather than 7, advice in line with WHO guidance, and should remain self isolated at least 3 days after symptoms have disappeared.
Until now, those showing key symptoms - a new continuous cough, a temperature or loss of taste or smell - have had to self-isolate for at least a week.
The chief medical officers said the change is "particularly important to protect those who have been shielding and in advance of the autumn and winter when we may see increased community transmission". Evidence shows that people with Covid-19 have "a low but real possibility of infectiousness" between seven and nine days after falling ill, even though people are most contagious just before they display symptoms and up to several days afterwards. They may occasionally be contagious without displaying any symptoms.
You are strongly advised to continue to wash your hands very frequently and wear a face covering in any enclosed space outside your home to protect yourself and others.
Keeping a distance of up to 2 meters from others outside your family or bubble at all times is still important.
Thank you for keeping Charlbury safe.
Summer Newsletter 2020
The patient group summer newsletter has arrived. Read it to find out the latest symptoms of Covid-19, how to recognise the symptoms of diabetes and one person's efforts to keep the disease at bay. We also write about a mother's loving generosity in donating one of her kidneys to her son. Important changes in the law about organ donation are summarised.
The Charlbury Medical Centre says "thank you" to its patients for their kindness, understanding and support of the new ways of working over the last few months. Services will return gradually to a new normal over time. The medical centre appreciates people's patience and their willingness to work with the practice as services are re-introduced as it becomes safe to do so.
The newsletter is available to read as a PDF at the foot of this page. Click on the icon to open it.
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.
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."
The Source of the information which follows is: https://www.organdonation.nhs.uk
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:
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
· 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.SPRING NEWSLETTER
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:
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.
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: