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surgeryThe Nuffield Practice

Welcome to the Nuffield Practice Website.  We hope you will find this a useful resource to help you to make good use of our services.

Our practice philosophy is to provide a high quality and caring service to our patients, which is accessible and considerate, in an open and friendly atmosphere. We believe in involving patients in their health care by open and effective communication.  We recognise the value of each other and encourage the active participation of all our staff in improving the ways in which we deliver our service.

We are proud that ours is a training practice, accredited by the University of Oxford Deanery for training doctors in general practice.

We are also proud to announce that we were rated as Good overall by our recent CQC inspection. To see the full report please click on the link below.


DEER PARK MEDICAL CENTRE CLOSURE

Witney residents will be aware of the impending closure of Deer Park Medical Centre. This will obviously have an impact on the remaining GP practices in Witney, not least the Nuffield Practice. You may be less aware of problems with GP recruitment, which has been a national issue for a while but is now affecting Oxfordshire too. We have taken measures to mitigate the risk posed by these two issues.

 

For many months all the practices in Witney have been meeting regularly, both among themselves and with Oxfordshire CCG. We have been putting in place contingency plans to mitigate the impact of Deer Parks’ closure on other practices, and their patients. Many of our patients may have already had contact with our ECPs (emergency care practitioners) who work along-side our GPs to assess and advise patients with urgent medical problems promptly and safely. We have now increased the capacity of this service. We are also soon to be joined by an Advanced Nurse Practitioner, who will be expanding availability to deal with a range of medical issues as well.

 

We have also been creating efficiencies in how the practice works to reduce the burden of administrative work on our doctors.

 

The CCG and the staff at Deer Park have also been doing their best to facilitate a safe and efficient transfer of care to other practices in Witney and its surrounding area.

 

We are confident at the Nuffield Practice that we can safely and effectively absorb our share of the patients from Deer Park without too much disruption to the care of our existing patients while offering excellent care to our new ones.

 

Ideally, of course, we would all be better if the current problems with GP recruitment and retention were tackled. Longer term Witney will continue to grow, and finding GPs to care for its people is proving to be increasingly difficult. There are fewer applicants to GP training now than there have been for many years. We are currently not replacing those who are leaving the profession, let alone coping with the increase in demand. Witney residents who are as concerned about this issue as we are can chose to write to our MP, Robert Courts, about this issue:

 

https://www.theyworkforyou.com/mp/25593/robert_courts/witney


Meningitis B Immunisation for babies

You may have heard in the national media about the newly available vaccine for babies. Please follow the link below to read about the vaccination on NHS Choices. 

http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/vaccinations/Pages/meningitis-B-vaccine.aspx


‘Health and Care Oxfordshire’ app

NHS Oxon

Download OCCG’s ‘Health and Care Oxfordshire’ app to your smart phone to find health services closest to where you are in Oxfordshire.

Visit the app store to download the app for Android or iOS operating systems.

See  http://bit.ly/iphoneappchoosewell or http://bit.ly/androidappchoosewell


GP Net Earnings 2014/15

All GP Practices are required to declare the mean earnings (average pay) for GPs working to deliver NHS services to patients at each practice.

The average pay for GPs working six months or more in The Nuffield Practice in the last financial year was £52,826 before Tax and National Insurance. This is for 1 full time, 9 part time and 1 locum GPs.


THE NUFFIELD PRACTICE PATIENT PARTICIPATION GROUP IS SEEKING NEW MEMBERS. ARE YOU INTERESTED IN JOINING?

Did you know that the Practice has a well established Patient Participation Group (PPG)? It meets once every 2 -3 months and is an opportunity for patients to air their views on the Practice and other health related matters. We are looking for new members; the more the merrier! Next meeting is on 4th April 2017 at 18.30

For more information, please contact Catherine Simonini on 01993 701780 or at catherine.simonini@nhs.net 


PROBLEMS WITH PATIENT ACCESS

Unfortunately the website, which our patients use for ordering prescriptions and booking appointments online, is experiencing technical problems. We are unable to affect the speed of the resolution of the problem but we are aware of it and will keep you updated on progress. If you have an urgent request for medication, then please call the Practice on 01993 703641 and choose option 2. 

If you cannot access the Patient Access site from the link above under 'Prescriptions', please update your browser from Internet Explorer to Google Chrome. This should solve the issue. Alternatively, you can go straight to the Patient Access website: www.patient.emisaccess.co.uk/account/login


ARE YOU TRAVELLING ABROAD?

We now have an assessment form for you to fill in and bring along to your first appointment with the Nurse. The form will help the Nurse understand where you are going and which travel vaccinations you will need. Please go to the 'Travel Vaccinations' page in the Further Information section.


 

(Site updated 07/03/2017)
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