IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING BLOOD TESTS

A supplier to the NHS has advised us of a global shortage of some equipment used for taking blood tests. Anyone who needs a test for urgent health problems, will still get one but where your clinician recommends that it’s safe to do so, then you may be asked to come back for a test at a later date, or your appointment may be rescheduled. Given the nature of the shortage, we cannot give an exact date for when the test will be rescheduled, but please be assured that if your condition or symptoms require it, then you will get a test, and we will be re-booking your test when supplies become more easily available. If your condition or symptoms change or get worse, please contact the NHS as you would normally.

ARE YOU SELF ISOLATING AT HOME WITH CONFIRMED OR SUSPECTED COVID?

If you have covid or suspected covid and are self isolating at home you may find the leaflet below helpful:

Covid - staying safe at home

COVID VACCINATIONS UPDATE - August 2021

The practice's vaccination site at Islip Village Hall has now closed.  Patients who are eligible for a vaccination but have not yet received their first or second vaccination can access these through the National Booking Service at:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/

or by calling 119.  If you are experiencing difficulty booking an appointment through the National Booking Service please contact the Admin Manager at the practice for support in accessing your vaccination.

The national COVID-19 vaccination programme is open to anyone aged 18 and over. There are currently three vaccines being used locally in Oxfordshire:

  • Pfizer/BioNTech
  • Moderna
  • Oxford/AstraZeneca

The vaccines are allocated nationally and local centres do not have any influence over which they receive. You cannot choose which vaccine you have. When you book, you'll only be offered appointments for vaccines that are suitable for you.

Most people can have any of the COVID-19 vaccines, but some people are only offered certain vaccines. For example, if you're pregnant or under 40 you'll usually only be offered appointments for the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccines.

You should have the same vaccine for both doses, unless you had serious side effects (such as a serious allergic reaction) after your 1st dose. These are very rare reactions and if affected, you will be informed by your GP or hospital clinician, that a different vaccine is necessary for your second dose. Minor side effects after having any of the vaccinations are common and not a cause for concern. These are usually mild and should not last longer than a week, such as:

  • a sore arm from the injection
  • feeling tired
  • a headache
  • feeling achy
  • feeling or being sick

Please click on the You Tube link below if you would like to know the best time to be Covid Vaccinated during pregnancy?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=yuxB9tj51kA

 

Certificates or evidence of Covid Vaccination Status

We are unable to issue this certificate at the practice.

Please see https://www.gov.uk/guidance/demonstrating-your-covid-19-vaccination-status-when-travelling-abroad for further information.

Proof of your vaccination status will be available in the NHS app from 17th May 2021 and in some of the other apps that provide you with Patient online services. 

The NHSapp can be downloaded from:
https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/nhs-app/id1388411277 for iPhone/iOS
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nhs.online.nhsonline for Android.

If you have not used it before, there is a self-registration process within the app to create an "NHS login" as per https://www.nhs.uk/nhs-services/online-services/nhs-log-in/

If you already have access/ login details for patient online services, for example "Patient Access", you may use this.

Alternatively, you can call the NHS helpline on 119 (from 17 May) and ask for a letter to be posted to you. This must be at least 5 days after you’ve completed your course of the vaccine.  The letter may to take another 5 days to reach you, or more if postal services are affected.  Please take account of this when making your plans. 

Please note that this information is only available to anyone who has been vaccinated in England.

IMPORTANT SURGERY UPDATE - MAY 2021

Please read the document below for important and up-to-date surgery information during the Covid-19 outbreak. 

Surgery Update - May 2021

It is very important that you do not come to the surgery unless you have been asked to do so by a member of the team.

We are taking this essential action to protect your health and the health of your community. 

 

Login to prescription ordering here

Consult online

With effect from 1st July 2019 The Key Medical Practice will be working as part of a Primary Care Network with three local practices, Gosford Medical Centre, Islip and Woodstock Surgery.  Please click on the link below to read an information sheet which has been written by the Patient Participation Group Forum about what this means for our patients.

 

Primary Care Networks - Information for Patients

Welcome to The Key Medical Practice

Our aim is to provide high quality, effective health care delivered by compassionate and efficient staff.

We hope you find all the information you need in our website. If not, please do let us know. Our practice leaflet contains much about our staff and services and can be found here.

We have been looking at ways to improve access for our patients. Did you know you can book GP and blood test appointments and order medications online? These services are very easy to use and are proving popular with many patients. Please download an application form and bring to reception with photo ID so we can provide you with your pin.

Nominating a pharmacy is another great time saver. Simply tell reception which pharmacy is most convenient for you and we can send your prescription there directly. Two working days after you have requested your medication it will be ready for collection at your nominated pharmacy. If you choose to change your nominated pharmacy at any time, just let reception know. 

The practice has an active Patient Participation Group. More information about their work can be found under the 'Have Your Say' tab above. The page now includes a link to the minutes from their latest meeting.

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