Local information about staying healthy during the coronavirus outbreak.

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

Update from the Charlbury Medical Centre

In these extreme circumstances The CMC has had to make changes in the way patients are seen.

GPs will continue to assess patients’ needs over the phone. Only patients who have been invited to attend the Medical Centre will be admitted.

If you have been asked to attend the Medical Centre, ring the doorbell. The GP or Nurse will meet you. Your temperature will be taken. You will be assessed to ensure that you are free of symptoms of COVID- 19 before being admitted to the building.

Dispensary and Prescriptions

Do not request repeat prescriptions too far in advance. It is currently taking 4-5 days to fulfil requests. No paracetamol or Calpol is available at the moment.

Pick up Times for medication: 10-11 am and 4-6:00pm. Outside these times the doors will be locked and dispensary closed to patients.

There will be no medication reviews until further notice.

Only call the Medical Centre if you really need to. The Medical Centre receives many calls from patients who are well but worried. The NHS website has full up to date information which is easy to understand about COVID -19 and many other health problems. Please use it.

Charlbury Medical Centre and all members of the NHS are working to care for us and protect us, our family and friends.

Please be patient, polite and kind.

When this emergency is finally over and it is safe to do so, services will return to normal.

Update on Hospital Visiting

1.From Oxford University Hospitals

From Monday 23rd March No visitors will be allowed into hospitals with the following exceptions:

Maternity: 1 birth partner only. No children.

Paediatrics: 1 parent/ guardian only. No children

Patients at the end of life: One visitor will be able to spend time with their loved one.

An advocate/relative who is required to make decisions on behalf of a patient who does not have the capacity to make decisions themselves.

2.From Oxford Health Foundation Trust: (which covers mental health, community hospitals and community therapies).

Witney Hospital: No visitors

Witney Minor Injuries Unit: Is operating a reduced service. Open 7 days a week from 10:00 am -6:30pm.

Deborah Hofman · Thu 26 Mar, 12:05 · Link


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

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