Local information about staying healthy during the coronavirus outbreak.

For general information, please see the UK Government coronavirus pages.


The Practice asks you to note the following updated advice:

If you have symptoms of coronavirus, you'll need to stay at home for 7 days.

After 7 days:

• if you do not have a high temperature, you do not need to stay at home

• if you still have a high temperature, stay at home until your temperature returns to normal

You do not need to stay at home if you just have a cough after 7 days. A cough can last for several weeks after the infection has gone.

If you live with someone who has symptoms, you'll need to stay at home for 14 days from the day their symptoms started. This is because it can take 14 days for symptoms to appear.

If more than 1 person at home has symptoms, stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person started having symptoms.

If you get symptoms, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms start, even if it means you're at home for longer than 14 days.

If you do not get symptoms, you can stop staying at home after 14 days.

If you have symptoms and live with a vulnerable person, someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, providing they too are well, try to arrange for them to stay with unaffected friends or family for 14 days.

If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible.

Further information at

Nikki Rycroft · Fri 20 Mar, 13:44 · Link

COVID 19 Opening hour changes in ORH and Community

First Aid Unit Chipping Norton closed temporarily

Minor Injury Unit in Witney: Operating reduced hours but remain open seven days a week, 10am to 6.30pm.

Getting help: If you need medical help please contact NHS111, via phone: 111; or website: They will assess your case and direct you to the most appropriate unit. People with injuries who have not called in advance will be seen and treated as necessary. However, if the condition or injury is not urgent, staff will ask patients to attend the following day with an appointment.

Please also note that in order to comply with social distancing policies, people are asked to attend units on their own if possible, or with one other person only if they require help or support.

Source: 25.03.20

Oxford University Hospitals

John Radcliffe, Horton, Churchill and Nuffield Orthopaedic

Every hospital in England has been asked to suspend all elective (non-urgent) operations from 15 April 2020 for at least three months, with some other procedures likely to be rescheduled before then.

Oxford University Hospitals (OUH) will be:

postponing all routine outpatient appointments for adults and children on all of their hospital sites - but are exploring the possibility of 'virtual clinics' and telephone consultations for outpatients

• postponing all routine inpatient elective (non-urgent) surgery for adults and children on all of their hospital sites

• maintaining as normal at present urgent and emergency cases and cancer treatments.

See the Oxford Kidney Unit website for links to information for renal dialysis and transplant patients.

OUH will contact patients as soon as they are able to reschedule both inpatient elective surgery and outpatient elective appointments - patients will be rescheduled according to clinical need and length of wait.

At this time OUH is unable to estimate when this will be the case, although it will be at least three months depending on national guidance from NHS England.

Source 24.03.2020

Deborah Hofman · Thu 2 Apr, 15:33 · Link

New Hotline for Diabetes Patients during COVID-19

The hotline is designed for adults living in Oxfordshire who need urgent clinical advice about their diabetic health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The patient hotline number is 01865 857 357,  8.00am to 4.00pm, 7 days a week


Out of hours: 0300 304 7777

Families of children with diabetes should seek support in their usual way., 10 April, 2020

susan smith · Tue 14 Apr, 20:18 · Link

Advice for parents during coronavirus

From the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health 

Judy Dod · Wed 15 Apr, 20:32 · Link

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