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Every patient has a named 'Usual' doctor who is responsible for overseeing the care provided.   Please ask if you are unsure of the name of your 'Usual GP'.

Patients will be offered the next available appointment with their ‘usual doctor’ where possible. Whilst you are free to see whichever doctor you would like we strongly recommend that you try to consult the same doctor each time, particularly for ongoing problems as this improves the continuity of care and may help reduce the number of times you will need to visit the doctor.

 If you are not happy with your allocated Usual GP you may request a change and we will endeavour to accommodate your request.

Community Midwives

Karen Mills (f)

Karen Mills, our midwife, provides Antenatal care, Antenatal parentcraft classes and visits mothers in their homes after delivery of their babies.  She holds regular clinics at the practice on Tuesdays (and occassional other days as demand requires).

Community Midwifery

Midwives are grouped into teams based in community hospitals or appropriate local settings. All midwives are linked to a GP practice and are responsible for managing their own caseload. Women with straightforward pregnancies will receive all their antenatal care from their midwife or GP locally.

Due to the rural nature of parts of Oxfordshire, it depends where the community team is based as to whether they are able to support women during their birthing experience. If for geographical reasons this is not an option, women can choose to use a community hospital unit or plan to give birth at home.

Community teams are based at Abingdon, Bicester, Chipping Norton, Didcot, Oxford City, Wallingford, Wantage, Witney, Carterton and at Thame.

The Community Midwifery service is managed by the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust.

Community Nurses

The District Nursing team can be contacted at the Nuffield Health Centre on 01993 700385. 

District Nurses play a crucial role in the primary health care team. They visit people in their own homes or in residential care homes, providing care for patients and supporting family members.

As well as providing direct patient care, district nurses also have a teaching role, working with patients to enable them to care for themselves or with family members teaching them how to give care to their relatives.

District Nurses play a vital role in keeping hospital admissions and readmissions to a minimum and ensuring that patients can return to their own homes as soon as possible.

District Nurses assess the health care needs of patients and families, monitor the quality of care they're receiving and are professionally accountable for delivery of care. They work with patients of any age, but often many of them are elderly, while others may have been recently discharged from hospital, be terminally ill or have physical disabilities.

District nurses may visit patients every day or more than once a day, offering help, advice and support. They liaise with other groups, such as the social services, voluntary agencies and other NHS organisations and help to provide and co-ordinate a wide range of care services.

Health Visitors

Paula Richardson (f)

Paula Richardson and her team provide health care advice and children’s developmental checks, visits to new mothers and babies at home, and attend the weekly Well Child Clinic.  They are also available to advise all families with children under 18 with a range of issues including behavioural management, eczema, constipation, bed wetting and challenges to parenting and step-parenting and can be contacted on weekdays by telephoning 01993 849583.

 

Health visitors are qualified nurses with special training and experience in child health and health promotion. Many people think that health visitors only visit new babies and their families, but their role is actually much more varied and they offer a wide range of practical support and advice.

Health visitors can help maintain your independence by:

  • Giving you information about activities in your area which will help you stay healthy
  • Advising you about benefits and assistance available from other organisations to help support you in your own home
  • Visiting you at home and understanding your needs, thereby ensuring you stay in control of your life

Health visitors aim to promote the health of the whole community. You will find health visitors at your local GP surgery, working alongside practice staff, or at the local health centre.

Health visitors are subject to a professional code of conduct which requires them to act in your best interest. Their aim is help you lead as healthy a life as possible, both physically and mentally.

Healthy Start Scheme:

Healthy Start is a scheme which provides pregnant women and children under four in low- income families and all pregnant under-18s, vouchers for free milk, fresh fruit and vegetables and infant formula milk. It also provides free vitamin supplements. For more information contact your Health visitor or midwife or visit www.healthystart.nhs.uk

 
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