Two GP practices in Banbury along with ourselves are working together to provide the COVID-19 Vaccination under the directions given to us by NHS England.
The COVID-19 vaccination will reduce the chance of you suffering from COVID-19 disease. Like all medicines, no vaccine is completely effective and it takes a few weeks for your body to build up protection from the vaccine. Some people may still get COVID-19 despite having the vaccination, but this should lessen the severity of the infection. If you are currently pregnant, planning pregnancy in the next two months or breastfeeding please read the detailed information at www.nhs.uk/covidvaccination
The vaccine cannot give you COVID-19 infection , and two doses will reduce your chance of becoming seriously ill. Like most medicines, vaccines can cause side effects. Most of these are mild and short-term, and not everyone gets them.
Vaccinations for Cropredy Surgery are currently being held at Grimsbury Community Centre, Burchester Place, Banbury, OX16 3WT which is suitable for vaccinating a large number of patients safely and in a timely manner. This also helps us reduce the impact on our surgery, but in undertaking the vaccination programme we may need to prioritise our services at certain times.
When it is time for your vaccination you should go to Grimsbury Community Centre and not Cropredy Surgery. If you receive a text confirming the appointment please note you still need to go to Grimsbury Community Centre and not Cropredy Surgery.
Patients will be contacted by the practice to arrange their appointments. Due to the rapid changing nature of the vaccination roll-out, this may be at short notice.
Patients will require 2 vaccinations that are 12 weeks apart. You will be informed of the date of your second vaccination nearer the time.
You are asked NOT to contact the Practice to enquire about appointments (unless it is confirmation of your appointment time) or information on the vaccine being used, as this will prevent patients with medical issues being able to contact us. Further information and links are below.
As you will appreciate, the urgent need to deliver COVID-19 Vaccinations means that our normal services may need to be altered or reduced at times. We continue to be grateful for your patience and understanding with this. Our staff have worked tirelessly in 2020 during the current pandemic to ensure that we have continued to provide our patients with the best care we can provide. They are very grateful for the support and kind messages of support shown by everyone.
The vaccine is being made available to patients in a prioritised order, which reflects the level of risk of serious complications should they get COVID-19.
As covered in the national press, the Pzifer vaccine provides significant logistical and storage issues. This means that currently most patients need to attend a Vaccination Centre to receive their vaccination - there are different arrangements being made for Care Home patients and Housebound patients.
The Government's priority plan for the vaccination is shown below. Those highlighted in red are the groups that we're currently vaccinating.
- Residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
- All those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
- All those 75 years of age and over
- All those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
- All those 65 years of age and over. All individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality.
- All those 60 years of age and over
- All those 55 years of age and over
- All those 50 years of age and over
Where we are unable to fill the available appointments, those in the next group may be contacted at short notice to have their vaccination.
Attending your vaccination appointment and what to expect
- If you feel unwell on the day, have any of the COVID symptoms (high temperature, a new continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste) or you have been a close contact with a COVID positive case in the 14 days prior to vaccination, then please call your GP practice to advise and cancel the appointment. DO NOT ATTEND THE VACCINATION CENTRE as you will be putting other vulnerable patients and staff at risk.
- On arrival at Grimsbury Community Centre car parking area you will be directed to the building being used as the Vaccination Centre.
- Please only arrive at Centre 5 /10 mins before appointment.
- Only the named patient will be able to enter the building unless you need a carer to assist you. Drivers / family members will need to remain in the car.
- You must wear a mask or face covering inside the venue, unless you are medically exempt. This is to help protect you, the other vulnerable patients, and staff on site.
- On arrival you will be checked in and be pre-screened with the COVID questions and clinically assessed to ensure that you are fit and well enough to be vaccinated.
- Please wear a T-shirt or loose clothing with easy access to vaccinate your upper arm. Please keep bags/coats to a minimum.
- You will be asked to stay for a 15 minute observation after your vaccination. This is simply a precautionary / safety measure.
- It is possible that you may have some mild side effects from the vaccine and more information about side effects will be shared with you during your appointment.
As information is changing constantly, for further information please visit the following websites.
Read about the approved Pfizer/BioNTech Vaccine for COVID-19
AND YES THE RUMOURS ARE TRUE WE HAVE STARTED MAKING PHONE CALLS AND BOOKING IN OUR OVER 80s PATIENTS.
As always Stay Safe, take care and THANK YOU for being wonderful patients.
Surgery information during the Pandemic
As an interim measure and in order to assess patients accurately we are stopping on-line appointment booking access. Therefore please be patient when phone the surgery to book appointments. Please also note that whilst this pandemic continues patients will be telephoned by a clinician to discuss their symptoms before being given an appointment.
If you have any reason to suspect that you may be suffering from Coronavirus (COVID-19) , DO NOT COME TO THE SURGERY. Stay at home and read 111online 111 Online.
The latest goverment information is available here: Government information & NHS C19 advice.
Important changes to the surgery during pandemic
Please note we are asking for patients who attend the surgery to wear a face covering - this will help protect both patients and staff.
As from 24.3.2020 we have reluctantly taken the decision to change how people can access the surgery during the pandemic.
For script collection - please go to the side of the surgery where you will find signs to our reception window, which is fitted with a doorbell to attract attention. We are asking that you attend to collect your medication between 9-1 and 2-5 wherever possible as we have some staff shortages and this would help us.
Our script request postbox is also available through the window.
For people attending to see the nurse and HCA with pre-booked appointments, we ask that you go to the back door and knock to attract attention. We have placed some benches outside but will try not to leave you waiting. Please don’t attend your appointment too early as we cannot let you in until the previous patient has left. Once we know you are here you can wait in your car.
We are taking this action to protect our patients and our staff and ask for your forbearance whilst these changes are introduced and the problems ironed out.
GP appointments remain on a telephone triage first basis.
If you get a text reminder for a pre-booked appointment then please attend as usual.
If you would like to participate in vaccine trials for Covid 19 there is more information here: Vaccine Trial
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. https://www.nhsbt.nhs.uk/covid-19-research/plasma-programme/