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Long Furlong Medical Centre45 Loyd CloseAbingdon, Oxon, OX14 1XRTel: 01235 522379
For fit notes/self isolation note please refer to: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-advice/
During the coronavirus outbreak the surgery remains open but will be operating differently. We are suspending booking all face to face appointments with effect from 16 March 2020 until further notice. Please do not attend the surgery. If you believe that you need to be seen, please request a telephone appointment. If you already have an appointment booked do not attend the surgery. If it is clinically appropriate the clinician will arrange for you to be seen. Essential nursing appointments will continue as usual for now. This action is essential to maintain your health and the health of your community as advised by the Department of Health.
If your query is about Coronavirus go to 111.nhs.uk/covid-19 or call 111
Anyone with a new persistant cough and/or fever should self-isolate for 7 days; do not call 111 or contact other healthcare providers. If symptoms deteriorate and you feel you need medical care, contact NHS 111. Testing will only be done for those in hospital with symptoms
We are unable to take a blood samples from babies and some younger children. If your GP would like your baby / child to have a blood test please phone the Children's Hospital at the John Radcliffe to arrange an appointment. They can be contacted Monday - Friday 08:00 am - 5:00pm on 01865 231111 / 2 or 234036
Oxford Children’s Hospital, Paediatric Outpatients LG1. Please note THIS IS NOT A WALK IN SERVICE.
If your child needs a fasting blood appointment please discuss with the member of staff when you phone to book it.
Talking Space Plus is available for our patients who are aged 18 years + in Abingdon. The service is provided by Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust in Partnership with Principal Medical Limited (PML) and Oxfordshire Mind. The talking treatments that we offer are effective, and are recommended by National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines.
TalkingSpace Plus offers you the chance to help yourself to cope with life’s ups and downs, feel better and learn your own strategies for keeping well.
TalkingSpace Plus is for anyone struggling to cope with anxiety and depression. Take that first step.
Patients are able to self refer to the service. For more information visit their website http://talkingspaceplus.org.uk/contact-us/
The Abingdon Bridge offers advice, guidance and emotional support for stress, relationships, personal safety, drug and alcohol advice and healthy lifestyles.
For more information visit their website: www.theabingdonbridge.org.uk/
Child Health / Baby Clinic: Health Visitors are attached to this practice but their offices are in town. Their work is concerned with the families of the practice patients, in particular with children up to the age of five years old. They are available Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm on 01235 526584.
Well Baby Clinics are held at the following venues:
Child Immunisation Programme: If your child is due his / her immunisations please phone reception to book an appointment with the nurse.
Please note: if pre school immunisations are due your child will need an appointment with Minor Surgery: Please contact reception for an appointment.Family Planning: Consultations during normal surgery times. Coils and implants are by appointment. Please contact reception.Maternity Medical Services: Antenatal clinics by appointment with the doctors or midwife – book at reception. Please let the receptionist know if you are arranging your ante-natal appointment with your GP as it requires a longer appointment.Stopping Smoking: Advice and support for patients who wish to stop smoking is available from Smoke Free Life Oxfordshire. https://www.smokefreelifeoxfordshire.co.uk/Medical Examinations: Medical examinations not covered by the NHS are by arrangement with the doctors (e.g Life Assurance, Pre-Employment, HGV and Taxi Licence, Sports). The tariff for these services is displayed in reception. Appointments are held outside of normal surgery times and may be booked with the Medical Secretary by phoning 01235 522379.
Sexual Health Clinic: The clinics, provided by Dr Sherrard's team from the Churchill Hospital, operate in various locations across Oxfordshire and offer a walk in and appointment only service. The clinics can be contacted from one central number on 01865 231231.
For more information about the services they provide - please visit their website: www.sexualhealthoxfordshire.nhs.uk
Test Results: The doctor, nurse or healthcare assistant will be able to tell you at the time of your consultation when your results are expected to be available. It is possible to have access to test results using our online service, alternatively you are able to phone the receptionists for your results between 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm.
Please note: our receptionists are unable to give detailed information on your results but they will provide you with the information that has been noted on your record by the doctor. If you have any concerns and would like to discuss your results in more detail please ask for a doctor or nurse to call you back. Alternatively you may wish to make an appointment with your GP or nurse.
More information on understanding blood results can be found at http://labtestsonline.org.uk/ This website provides information on blood results which is written with patients in mind.
For information about having a blood test at the surgery, please follow the link to our patient leaflet. Fasting_Blood_Tests_Dec_13.pdf
Our Practice Nurses, Alison Plaistow, Becky Collins and Emma Oliver, are able to provide travel advice and a general travel assessment for those patients who are travelling abroad to a single destination. All patients who are booking for travel advice and vaccinations will be asked to complete a Risk Assessment form which must be returned to the nurses before their appointment is arranged. The form can be downloaded here: Travel Risk Assessment Form or can be emailed or posted to you on request.
The following vaccines are available without charge:
The nurses are also able to administer Hepatitis B for travel purposes but this is chargeable. Prices are subject to change and will be advised of the current fee before attending your appointment.
We recommend that you visit the website Pro Travel Health (below) as this provides comprehensive information including vaccines needed for your chosen destination.
Unfortunately we are unable to provide a vaccination service for patients who are visiting multiple destinations, but our nurses will be able to give advice on the appropriate vaccinations for the areas of travel and advise you how to receive your immunisation. To check which vaccinations you need for your travels visit: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk
All vaccines listed below and Hepatitis B can be provided by Travel Clinics e.g. Boots in Oxford, Manor Hospital Oxford, Abingdon Surgery:
A fee will be charged by Private Travel Clinics for the consultation and the vaccinations although these rates may vary.
To ensure that you allow sufficient time for your immunity to develop before travelling please return your risk assessment for at least:
If anti-malaria tablets are required for your journey, you will be informed during your consultation. Most chemists can supply these without a prescription.
Please note anti-malaria tablets are not available on the NHS and you will be charged the retail price by the pharmacy.
A copy of this information can be down loaded by following the link: Travel Vaccinations
Travel Vaccination Service
Due to revised regulations introduced by the Passport Office, GPs are no longer able to countersign passports unless they have known the applicant personally for at least two years (for example as a friend, neighbour or colleague and should not be someone who just knows the applicant professionally).
How your local Pharmacist can help: Ask your pharmacist for advice about choosing the right medicines for common ailments e.g. coughs, colds, sore throats, flu-like illnesses, stomach ache and indigestion, insect bites & stings, cystitis etc.Ask for advice about staying healthy Be sure to tell your pharmacist if you are taking other medicines—some medicines are not compatible. Accident and Emergency Depts: The Minor Injury Unit at Abingdon Hospital, Marcham Road, Abingdon is open 10am – 10:30pm daily. Staff there are able to treat: minor bumps to the head, sprains, broken bones, fractures and dislocated fingers, minor burns, cuts and bruises, nose bleeds, bites and stings – (unless infected then to be seen by GP), simple ear, nose and eye complaints such as removal of splinters or foreign bodies.. When the Minor Injury Unit is closed the nearest 0300 304 7777 If you, or someone else experiences severe chest pain or, severe loss of blood or difficulty in breathing dial 999
Choose Well follow the link for a simple guide or choosing the right service. Choose Well Guide
Smokefree The NHS have produced "Smokefree", a dedicated service to inform everyone of the dangers of smoking, the benefits to giving up and how they can help you kick the habit.
Patients can access the service at the following locations:
QUIT QUIT is the independent charity whose aim is to save lives by helping smokers to stop. Smokers wanting to QUIT should call 0800 00 22 00 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for free, individual, same-day advice from trained counsellors
Stop Smoking Widget This tool gives you daily messages, and keeps track of how much you're saving and how many days it's been since your last cigarette. Great motivators for staying smokefree.
Weight Management / Healthy Eating
If you would like to lose weight or perhaps eat more healthily you might be interested to read the information available on the NHS Choices website by following this link https://www.nhs.uk/livewell/healthy-eating/Pages/Healthyeating.aspx.
The site includes recipes, advice on superfoods, food safety, eating disorders, dietary advice when pregnant, following a vegetarian or vegan diet and a FREE 12 week weight loss and exercise programme.
Eat healthier versions of the foods you love. You'll find delicious, easy meal ideas in the free app which is available to download from Google Play or iTunes.
Maintaining a 'keep fit' lifestyle doesn't have to mean slogging it out in a sweaty gym. Just boosting your levels of general daily activity will reap big rewards in improved health and energy.
NHS - Why be active? Even a little bit of exercise will make you feel better about yourself, boost your confidence and cut your risk of developing a serious illness.
BBC Healthy Living - Improve your levels of activity Information and help for young and old about the benefits of increased physical activity & how to go about it!
These links all come from trusted resources but if you are unsure about these or any other medical matters please contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
We provide some services which are outside our NHS work and therefore attract charges based on the British Medical Association's (BMA) scale. This includes:
Please contact the secretary to arrange medical examinations; she will advise you of our fees at the time of booking your appointment.
Taxi / HGV and driving medicals: Please arrange a sight test with an optician and ask the optician to complete that section of the form before booking your medical at the surgery.
Passport Forms - Due to revised regulations introduced by the Passport Office, GPs are no longer able to countersign passports unless they have known the applicant personally for at least two years (for example as a friend, neighbour or colleague and should not be someone who just knows the applicant professionally).
People are encouraged to have a personal winter plan so they are well prepared when the weather takes a turn for the worse and the season for flu, coughs and colds really kicks in.
Tehmeena Ajmal, the county's first winter director, said: "We would like everyone in Oxfordshire to have a winter plan for themselves and their family, so that they know what they can do to keep as well as possible; what they can do if they start to get unwell; and how they can look after older family members, friends or neighbours who might need some help.”
Personal winter plans should include:
For more information see here: Have you thought about your winter plan?
You can also download or link to the Age UK Oxfordshire leaflet ‘Staying Well this Winter’ which is full of useful advice on how to stay well this winter.
Use antibiotics on your doctor's advice
Antibiotics are essential to treat serious bacterial infections, but they are frequently being used to treat illnesses such as coughs, earache and sore throats that can get better by themselves. Taking antibiotics encourages harmful bacteria that live inside you to become resistant. That means that antibiotics may not work when you really need them.
Despite the risks of antibiotic resistance, research shows that 38% of people still expect an antibiotic from a doctor’s surgery, NHS walk-in centre or ‘GP out of hours’ service when they visited with a cough, flu or a throat, ear, sinus or chest infection in 2017.
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