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Invitations for COVID-19 vaccinations

We have made great progress in vaccinating our most vulnerable patients and we are now moving to the next two priority groups. If you are aged 70 or over and have not yet been vaccinated, please contact Cogges Surgery.

We are now vaccinating the following groups at Cogges Surgery and at the Windrush Surgery:-

Priority Group 5: People aged 65 and over

Priority Group 6: People aged 16 and over with certain underlying health conditions

                             Carers who care for someone who is at increased risk of COVID-19 mortality and therefore clinically vulnerable.

Many of these will be known to GPs and local authorities. More information is expected soon to clarify further.

The number of patients in these groups is much larger than those we have done so far and we will shortly begin offering second doses to people 11-12 weeks after their first dose. Please be patient with us, we are working as fast as we can as supplies of the vaccine are delivered to us. Everyone will be vaccinated eventually and we will contact you if you are in one of the groups listed above but it could take us a few weeks to get through this next group and we want to prioritise those at highest risk.

Please do not call the practice to check when you will get the vaccine. We need to keep phone lines open for those patients who are ill and need to talk to a GP.

To speed up vaccinations being given, mass vaccination sites are opening up and are being managed nationally. Letters are being sent to patients aged over 70 that have not yet had their vaccination.

If you receive one of these letters it will provide the information you need to book your vaccination at one of the mass vaccination centres. You will be able to do this by phone or online. This may mean you get your vaccination sooner but you may need to travel further.

If you prefer, you can wait to be contacted by us and have your vaccination at the Windrush or Cogges and we are continuing to book at both sites depending on a variety of factors.

 Whichever option you choose, it is important to be aware that you will need to have your second dose at the same place where you had your first dose and this cannot be changed unless there are very specific extenuating circumstances.

Recovering from Covid 19?

Oxford Health have produced a useful guide for people.  They are also running a Post Covid clinic for those people who still have symptoms 6-8 weeks on.  Speak to your GP who can refer you if this is the case.  In the meantime here is the link for the information leaflet. Link to Post Covid Patient Information Leaflet


Safe Haven

If you develop a mental health crisis at the weekend you can get support from Oxford Safe Haven. Click on the link or phone 01865 903037.

The Oxford Safe Haven is open on Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Monday from  6pm until 10pm.

Convalescent Plasma Programme

If you’ve had coronavirus or the symptoms, you can donate plasma for a trial which could save the lives of people who are still ill. Click here to offer to donate.

MMR Catch-Up

There have been outbreaks of both measles and mumps in the last couple of years and we are promoting booster vaccinations for those who may not have had both doses. 

Why do I need the MMR vaccine?

We will shortly be identifying patients who have missed one or both of the vaccinations and inviting them in to have these done.

Hydration and Covid-19 in Adults

Staying at home and self isolating is having a good effect in slowing down the spread of COVID-19. Taking some activity (walking, cycling, running) every day near your home while avoiding contact with other people, will help with feeling better physically and lift your mood. It is important to drink enough fluid at all times but even more so during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please see the attached Patient Information Leaflet for more information

Eye emergencies and Minor Eye Conditions

There is a new direct line for advice and referrals for patients suffering persistent eye symptoms such as worsening vision, flashes and floaters, pain, redness or watering. 

Call  the triage service on 01865 234567 Option 1 08:30 - 16:30 Mon-Fri 08:30 - 15:30 Sat/Sun/Bank Holidays

Mental health advice helpline

A 24/7 mental health helpline for the public, provided by Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, is launching on Friday 10 April 2020.

• Adult helpline: 01865 904997

• Children and young people: 01865 904998

The helpline will offer advice on how to manage symptoms, when and where to get help and access to support from mental health professionals. Please see their website for more information.

https://www.oxfordhealth.nhs.uk/support-advice/what-to-do-in-an-emergency/ 

 

 

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