COVID vaccination programme
We are aware that people aged over 45 can now book their covid vaccine online at one of the mass vaccination sites. This is not occurring through us at the Cherwell School and will need to be organised via the National Booking Service.
We are continuing to roll out vaccinations for our patients, working alongside colleagues in our Primary Care Network at Banbury Road Medical Centre and 19 Beaumont Street Surgery.
As of 1st April, we hope to have invited all of our 50+ year old registered patients, those who are on the Clinically Extremely Vulnerable list (those who have been contacted to shield) and those in Cohort 6 (the list of those patients can be accessedon the link below and does not include all patients who usually have the flu vaccination).
If you are an immunosuppressed adult (see table below), it is recommended that your adult household contacts are all vaccinated. Household contacts are defined as ‘individuals who expect to share living accommodation on most days...and therefore, for whom continuing close contact is unavoidable’. Members of ‘bubbles’ that do not live with an immunosuppressed person for the majority of the week (frequent visitors and other non-carers who might visit the house often but not for the majority of the week, including overnight stays) are excluded from the definition. University halls of residence are also excluded. If you fit this criteria then please contact the surgery by email so we can arrange vaccination.
We are now largely undertaking second doses. These occur approximately 11 weeks after your first dose and provisional dates are as follows, for those who have had their first dose with us already, but may change due to short notice of our vaccine deliveries:
Friday 16th April - for those who had first doses between 29th January and 5th February
Saturday 24th April - as above
Saturday 8th May - for those who had first doses from 18th February
Saturday 15th May - for those who had first doses between 27th February and 4th March
Saturday 29th May - for those who had first doses from 13th March
Saturday 5th June - for those who had first doses between 20th March and 2nd April
There is some scope to change your planned due date but please try and keep the planned date.
We have no planned further deliveries of Pfizer vaccine other than those who had a first dose on the 1st or 2nd April. If you had a Pfizer vaccine with us and have not received an invite for a second dose, please be in contact with us.
Given guidance regarding Astra Zeneca vaccines in the under 30s, we will only be doing first doses in this age group after discussion with a clinician. However, if you have had your first dose, it is advised that you continue to book your second dose, irrespective of age, unless you had a significant reaction, suggesting of blood clotting, to the first dose
The local mass vaccination centre at the Kassam stadium is also inviting cohorts 1-9. Should you only have been invited there and not be able to travel there or prefer to have your vaccination with us at the Cherwell School, please contact the surgery on email@example.com so we can facilitate this. Please try not to phone the surgery unless you have no other option, to try and free up our phones for those needing appointments.
We have contacted the majority of our patients by text, phone call, email and some by letter, but if you have not been contacted by ourselves or the National Booking System, which arranges appointments at the Kassam Stadium, then please contact us.
It is likely that we will cease to provide vaccinations for new first doses (those aged 18 - 49) at the Cherwell School and will endeavour to update our website when we are made aware of the most convenient options for this group. Currently we expect the Kassam Stadium to continue this service alongside a few other sites in Oxford City and Oxfordshire that our patients may have access to through the National Booking System.
- The vaccine is being offered in a strict order of priority as determined by NHS England. You will be contacted to book an appointment when you become eligible.
- Most of these invites will come as a text message or phone call, if we do not have a mobile number for you or you do not respond to the text message.
- Only patients with appointments should attend. Anyone attending without an appointment will unfortunately be turned away.
- Vaccinations will take place at Cherwell School North Site Marston Ferry Rd, Oxford OX2 7EE.
- Current guidance is that a second dose is necessary 12 weeks after the initial dose – we will contact you at that time to book the follow up vaccination
- Please read this information below about the vaccination before you attend
- Please wear clothes that make it easy for you to get your upper arm out for the vaccine
- Please cancel your appointment if you have any coronavirus symptoms (cough, fever or loss of sense of taste or smell)
- There is a reasonable amount of parking at the school site, but if possible, please come on foot.
Immunosuppression due to disease or treatment, including patients undergoing chemotherapy leading to immunosuppression, patients undergoing radical radiotherapy, solid organ transplant recipients, bone marrow or stem cell transplant recipients, HIV infection at all stages, multiple myeloma or genetic disorders affecting the immune system (e.g. IRAK-4, NEMO, complement disorder, SCID).
Individuals who are receiving immunosuppressive or immunomodulating biological therapy including, but not limited to, anti-TNF, alemtuzumab, ofatumumab, rituximab, patients receiving protein kinase inhibitors or PARP inhibitors, and individuals treated with steroid sparing agents such as cyclophosphamide and mycophenolate mofetil.
Individuals treated with or likely to be treated with systemic steroids for more than a month at a dose equivalent to prednisolone at 20mg or more per day for adults.
Anyone with a history of haematological malignancy, including leukaemia, lymphoma, and myeloma and those with systemic lupus erythematosus and rheumatoid arthritis, and psoriasis who may require long term immunosuppressive treatments.
Most of the more severely immunosuppressed individuals in this group should already be flagged as CEV. Individuals who are not yet on the CEV list but who are about to receive highly immunosuppressive interventions or those whose level of immunosuppression is about to increase, may therefore be offered vaccine alongside the CEV group, if therapy can be safely delayed or there is sufficient time (ideally two weeks) before therapy commences.
Some immunosuppressed patients may have a suboptimal immunological response to the vaccine (see Immunosuppression and HIV).
BAME Groups and COVID-19 Vaccination
We are aware of various reports and research that BAME patients may be less likely to want the Coronavirus vaccine. At Summertown Group Practice we are very focussed on getting the vaccine to all groups in our patient population. We urge you if you have any questions or worries about the vaccines, to call or email us so that we can respond to any worries or queries.
Please find below a link and videos that might help if you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccination programme:
- COVID-19 vaccine information - Oxford University Hospitals (ouh.nhs.uk)
- Terry Roberts, Chief People Officer - BAME - YouTube
- Why get vaccinated? - Ariel Lanada, Chair of the OUH BAME Network - YouTube
- COVID Vaccination - Imam Monawar Hussain, OUH Muslim Chaplain - YouTube
- Faith Leaders for Covid Vaccination - YouTube
Please do contact the staff at the surgery if you have further questions.
COVID-19 Trial Recruitment
Summertown Health Centre is taking part in the national PRINCIPLE clinical trial, which aims to find low-risk treatments for older people with COVID-19 that can be taken at home.
To be eligible to join the trial you will need to have experienced symptoms that are likely to be caused by COVID-19 for fewer than 15 days.
The trial is open to people aged 65 or over, or aged 50–64 with an underlying health condition.
If you are registered at Summertown Health Centre and would like more information, please contact us on 01865-515552. You can also join the trial online, even if you are not currently registered with our practice. For full details, visit http://www.principletrial.org
Patient Notice - Coronavirus
Call the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Mental Health Helpline if you need help with a mental health problem. This number replaces 111 for mental health advice in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.
- For adults and older adults call 01865 904997.
- For children and young people call 01865 904998.
We are aware that many people are finding it very stressful being confined to their homes for so long. If you’re finding it tough and have children at home, you might like to look at these helpful resources.
You can get in touch with your children’s head teacher/head of year at school, and the school nursing team might be able to help -find their details here: https://www.oxfordhealth.nhs.uk/school-health-nurses/
Please get in touch with us if you are worried about your own health or that of your children.
If you’ve had a baby in the last couple of months and would like some support from other mothers, and professionals, please visit this link: https://www.facebook.com/botleybridges/
The NHS and Public Health England (PHE) are extremely well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal.
NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need medical help and advise you what to do.
Use this service if:
- you think you might have coronavirus
- in the last 14 days you've been to a country or area with a high risk of coronavirus – see coronavirus advice for travellers and a list of high risk countries on nhs.uk
- you've been in close contact with someone with coronavirus
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Stay indoors and avoid close contact with other people. Call 111 if you need to speak to someone.
In Scotland call your GP or NHS 24 on 111 out of hours.
In Northern Ireland call 111.
For region specific information and advice in:
- England visit nhs.uk
- Wales visit phw.nhs.wales
- Scotland visit nhsinform.scot
- Northern Ireland visit HSC
- Ireland visit HSE
Further information and details of how to self-isolate are available on nhs.uk.
Further updates can be found on the Blood.co.uk site here: https://www.blood.co.uk/news-and-campaigns/news-and-statements/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/
Welcome to Summertown Health Centre
Our vision is to provide high quality care to all our patients and to continually strive to improve our service to the community.
Our main surgery is in Summertown with others in Cutteslowe and Wolvercote. Between them they are open for consultations for a total of 140 hours each week including opportunities for early morning, late evening telephone consultations and surgeries and a Saturday morning surgery.
Out of normal opening hours you should call 111 if you require urgent health advice.
Please note, unfortunately we are unable to offer parking to patients in our car park. This is a staff only car park. Please use the Ferry Pool car park which is a short walking distance from the surgery.
We are a group practice. Our team of GPs work together sharing information within the practice to enable you to see any GP. However, every patient has a named GP responsible for their care (if you do not know who your named GP is, please contact the health centre). We also run regular clinics covering a wide range of services.
Our practice area covers Summertown and North Oxford, including Wolvercote, Cutteslowe, Marston and Kidlington. It goes into the city centre as far as Beaumont Street. We also look after students at the University Colleges of Trinity, St Hugh’s, St Edmund Hall and St Antony’s and The Dragon School, St Edwards School and Summer Fields School.