We hope that our website will provide clear and concise help and will give our patients the information ranging from checking surgery times to letting us know how we can improve our services
We would like to let you know that Dr Wooding will be away for the whole August. He is not leaving the practice just having a well-deserved time off, as his previous weeks holiday was back in September 2018. Dr Wooding will be back from his leave and will re-join the rest of the team on Monday 2nd of September.
You can expect 'business as usual' as the current GP team (Dr A Farmer; Dr C Goyder; Dr A Kerr; Dr T Hutchinson and Dr Pandher) will continue to provide primary care services. They will be supported by GPs from St Bartholomew's Health Centre in East Oxford who will take over the SOHC contract on 1st of August.
South Oxford Health Centre can expect 'business as usual' following the announcement that the current practice team will continue to provide primary care services - but under new management.
Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (OCCG), which buys health services for the county's residents, has accepted a bid for the contract at the GP practice from neighbours St Bartholomew's Health Centre in East Oxford. All staff currently at South Oxford will remain, including former partner Dr Nick Wooding, and the surgery premises are staying open.
Dr Wooding said: “We are delighted that the future of our surgery is secured and we can continue to provide the quality of care and personal service which we know our patients appreciate. We are hugely grateful for the loyal support of our patients, staff and the Patient Participation Group (PPG) over the past few months."
Cllr Marie Tidball from the South Oxford Health Centre PPG said: "Our main aim has been to ensure patients could continue to get high quality care from the practice premises at Lake Street and we are very pleased with the new arrangements. All patients at South Oxford Health Centre will receive a letter from OCCG explaining the outcome of the process and letting them know that there will be no disruption to the services provided by the health centre in the transition to the new arrangements."
In recent years, the practice has faced difficulties in recruiting new doctors, increasing workloads and costs. Many of these challenges are faced by other GP practices in the county and beyond.
OCCG was informed that the practice was handing back its contract early in 2019. OCCG discussed the position with the surgery’s PPG and wrote to other Oxfordshire GP practices inviting expressions of interest in taking over the contract from 1 August 2019 and running the practice as a branch surgery. The process resulted in the award of the contract to St Bartholomew's.
Dr Alison Fairley from St Bartholomew's said: "We are very glad to have the opportunity to continue to provide excellent care to the patients of South Oxford Health Centre in association with Dr Nick Wooding and the primary health care team. We look forward to maintaining and developing services for the benefits of all our patients. We are grateful to OCCG for facilitating this."
Apprentice Receptionist Opportunity
South Oxford Health Centre, Lake Street, Oxford
Working pattern: Monday - Friday 8.00am to 6.30pm (Set shifts TBC – There will be a mixture of morning and afternoon shifts)
Hours: Up to 30 hours per week (with flexibility to work overtime to help cover sickness, annual leave and Saturday morning extended hours clinics)
Apprenticeship contract: 52 weeks (with the possibility of permanent employment for the right candidate following the successful completion of the Apprenticeship)
Qualifications: GCSE grade C or above in English, Maths and ICT desired but not essential.
At South Oxford Health Centre based in central Oxford, we work as a relatively small but busy, friendly and cohesive team. We are currently seeking an Apprentice to join our practice as a member of the Reception team. This opportunity is for anyone who would like to start their career in the Primary Health Care sector. The successful candidate will gain valuable knowledge, work experience and relevant skills, whilst working towards a qualification in customer service.
We are proud to say that we have successfully delivered this Apprenticeship for the past two years with both our former Apprentices using their qualification to develop their careers (one branching out into the field of child services and the other into Research Administration).
For more information or to apply please visit: https://www.ligauk.com/job-detail/job-apprentice-receptionist-646
Do you have trouble sleeping?
We are working together with University researchers to carry out a research study aimed at helping people improve their sleep. To find out more information click here:https://www.phc.ox.ac.uk/research/participate/habitstudy or ask your GP, nurse or practice receptionist.
Your Doctor has requested you to have a blood test/Xray
The results of most routine tests will be available within one week. Some blood tests will take longer to reach the surgery.
If you do not hear from the surgery your test results were normal or do not require any specific action.
If you would like to check your results there are two options:
You can register to see your results online via Patient Access (please ask in reception how you can do this). You will be able to see any comments or actions requested by your doctor.
You can telephone the Surgery on 01865 244428 from 12:00 Monday to Friday to speak to a receptionist who will be able to give you the results over the telephone.
If your results are abnormal the surgery may contact you.
- If it is urgent the Duty Doctor or your own doctor may contact you by telephone to arrange the necessary follow-up.
If a specific action is required you may be asked to make an appointment with your doctor either in person or by telephone.
Alternatively the Surgery may send you a letter to ask you to book an appointment or a further blood test if this is needed.
We aim to hold monthly Patient Participation Group meetings to listen to your views about South Oxford Health Centre.
What's good? What's bad?
What could be better?
Date & time: To be confirmed
Venue: SOUTH OXFORD HEALTH CENTRE
All patients are welcome
**Please note that this meeting is not a forum for individual complaints or single issues
Click to read our full CQC report Feb 2016
Another award for the SOHC research team for the second year running!
Click here to read more about out research awards.
Our Travel Advice Service is changing here at South Oxford Health Centre. Please read this letter for more information Travel - letter to patients.
Developed by the Oxfordshire GP Federations with NHS funding, COACH is a one-stop 24/7 health and care resource. Easily access information needed to understand and manage health conditions and find local health and care support services: http://www.my-coach.org.uk/
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