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Dear Fellow South Oxford Health Centre Patients,
We are writing to let you have an update about the future of GP services at the Lake St Health Centre.
The Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) have informed us that there have been two expressions of interest from other GP practices, both of which are interested in taking on Dr Wooding’s list and in maintaining the service at Lake St. This is good news, and these interested practices are now completing the CCG’s questionnaire about future arrangements which will be evaluated by an assessment panel on April 12th. Two members from our Lake St Patient Participation Group will be part of that panel.
The other piece of good news is that Dr Wooding and other staff members have made it clear that they would like to be part of the new team that takes over in August. When the results of the assessment are known, the successful practice will be in a position to discuss with Dr Wooding the terms on which he would continue to work for us and for the incoming practice. Clearly, that is some time away, but we are optimistic that those discussions will have a successful outcome and that Dr Wooding would feel able to carry on at Lake St without the stresses of being a single-handed partner.
As we get further information, we will let you know.
Councillor Marie Tidball
On behalf of the Lake St Patient Participation Group
In recent years, the GPs at South Oxford Health Centre have worked hard to meet the challenges facing the surgery, many of which also affect other GP practices. These include difficulties in recruiting new doctors, an increasing workload and rising costs which have to be met from the surgery budget.
Dr Wooding has dedicated himself to keeping the practice local and has had the interests of the staff, the 4500 patients and the local community in South Oxford at the forefront of his mind as he has explored a range of options for the future of the practice. Regrettably, none of these options has so far come to fruition, and in the interest of his own health, his work/life balance and the proper care for his patients, he has decided that the current situation is unsustainable and has given notice to the Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (OCCG) to terminate his contract to provide medical services at the surgery, as from August 1st 2019.
The surgery's Patient Participation Group has met with the Clinical Commissioning Group to explore with the CCG the full range of options that are available to ensure that GP and primary care services continue to be provided at the South Oxford Health Centre. The CCG has written to Oxfordshire GP practices to invite expressions of interest in taking over the practice as a branch surgery. Representatives of the practice Patient Participation Group will be involved in the process for assessing any proposals.
As the CCG work through the process they will be providing updates on their website including a Frequently Asked Questions page. They have set up a dedicated page for South Oxford Health Centre where information will be added. You can find this page by clicking on the link on the home page which can be found here: https://www.oxfordshireccg.nhs.uk/
Please note that you do not need to do anything at this stage. The practice will continue to provide services on the current basis until at least the end of July 2019. The South Oxford Health Centre will continue to operate as usual and patients will receive the same support, advice and high level of care that has always been the case.
If you have any immediate concerns or questions please contact the Patient Services Team at Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group on free phone number: 0800 052 6088 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or write to OCCG’s Patient Services Team, Jubilee House, 5510 John Smith Drive, Oxford Business Park South, OX4 2LH.
Please be assured that we are all working together on your behalf to ensure the long term sustainability of the GP practice in Lake Street. We will write to you again when we are able to provide more information on the way forward.
Deputy Director Head of Primary Care and LocalitiesOxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group
Dr Nick Wooding
South Oxford Health Centre
Councillor Marie Tidball
Members of the Patient Participation Group
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
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