As such, Goring and Woodcote Medical Practice are taking actions to protect our patients, our staff and our community.
Our aim is to significantly reduce the footfall through our surgeries in order to reduce the risk of spreading the virus which may pose a significant risk to patients, especially those who are frail, elderly or have an underlying medical condition.
With immediate effect (0800 10 March 2020) all GP appointments will initially be on the telephone. i.e. If you have a face to face appointment booked with a GP, please do not come to the surgery – please stay at home and the doctor will call you at the allocated time instead. The GP will do all they can to help you over the phone – however, should they feel the need to see you face to face for an examination, you will be invited to the surgery for review.
Our triage service will operate as normal for emergency medical issues and your care will not be compromised.
You will still be able to book a telephone consultation with your GP.
If your GP appointment is regarding a routine matter, we would ask if you could kindly contact us so this can be postponed.
During this time, we will also temporarily postpone online booking.
With regards to nurses and HCA appointments – we advise the following:
- You should still come to the surgery for urgent blood tests – these include: those for medication monitoring such as immunosuppressants (eg. Methotrexate), bloods required prior to an urgent hospital referral, those in relation to cancer treatment or warfarin monitoring.
- You will still need to come and see the nurses for dressings or wound reviews, hormone injections in relation to cancer (e.g. prostate cancer) or B12 injections.
- If you are unsure as to whether or not your nurse/HCA appointment can be postponed, please do call our receptionists who will be able to advise you.
- We will be arranging specific clinics, in the coming weeks, for postnatal and 6-8 week baby checks and baby immunisations to minimise the risk to these groups.
- Routine chronic disease clinics may also be rearranged and you will be kept informed of this as the situation evolves.
- Booked coil and implant clinics will go ahead as planned in March, but we will be running a wait list thereafter. Alternatively you can make arrangements at the Florey Clinic in Reading
- You will still be able to collect your prescriptions from our dispensaries and surgeries as you normally would.
A reminder to all – Should you develop any symptoms including, fever, dry cough or breathlessness please use the online 111 Corona Virus Service directly. Don’t phone 111 unless you have no internet access.
All the advice about self-isolation is online, you do not need to inform us when you follow this advice.
We thank you for your co-operation and understanding. As you are aware, the situation is evolving daily and we will keep you updated via our website and text messaging service.
The Partners, Goring and Woodcote Medical Practice
17 March 2020
COVID 19 symptoms and isolation support
Are you worried you might have COVID symptoms or have questions about self-isolating?
All the information you need is on the NHS-111 website.
For the latest stay at home advice from central government and information on how to protect yourself, visit www.gov.uk/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection.
Local Volunteer Groups
Helping with shopping, prescription collections, telephone support and lots more.
These are run by local volunteers and have proved to be a great local resource for which we are very grateful.
- Goring and Streatley COVID Volunteers – 01491 525 639, 8am till 8pm
- Combat Corona Volunteers Woodcote and surrounding villages – 07713 285 628, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Checkendon COVID Volunteers – 07725 868 350 and 07733 224 694
- South Stoke COVID Volunteers
Older People and Carers
Age UK Oxfordshire is offering a telephone service for the elderly, please leave your name and telephone number and they will return your call.
A new 24/7 mental health advice hotline has been launched to help those struggling at present.
A dedicated Oxfordshire hotline has been set up to help patients with diabetes during the COVID 19 pandemic.
The patient hotline number is 01865 857357, and is available seven days a week 8am – 4pm.
Patients can also email their query to email@example.com
For those who are experiencing or concerned about domestic abuse
0800 731 0055
10am-7pm Mon – Fri
Local Stop Smoking Service
All face to face clinics are now suspended. These will now transfer to a telephone/quit-line support for new and existing patients.
Alternatively, use the App Quit with Bella: www.quitwithbella.com
Drug and Alcohol Services
Oxfordshire Roads to Recovery (Turning Point) helps people recover from drug and alcohol addiction by offering range of services including residential rehabilitation, supported living and ongoing support. They are offering telephone support.