COVID-19 VACCINE BOOSTER PROGRAMME
The Covid-19 booster vaccination is a single dose of a messenger RNA vaccine, given no sooner than 6 months after the completion of your primary course (which is usually two doses). Your booster vaccination will be made by Pfizer or Moderna. You may have had another type of vaccine such as Astra Zeneca for your first two doses.
The following groups of patients will become eligible for the Covid 19 booster vaccination at different times over the next three months;
Group 1 - Residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
Group 2 - All those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
Group 3 - All those 75 years of age and over
Group 4 - All those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
Group 5 - All those 65 years of age and over
Group 6 - All individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality
Group 7 - All those 60 years of age and over
Group 8 - All those 55 years of age and over
Group 9 - All those 50 years of age and over
Groups 1 to 4 will be invited by phone or text for vaccination by Bampton Medical Practice at Carterton Health Centre. If you are in one of these groups and eligible for it, you will be offered the influenza vaccination at the same time as your Covid 19 booster vaccination.
Groups 5 to 9 will be invited by the NHS Booking Service to attend for their booster at another vaccination centre.
You will be invited for your booster shortly after you become eligible for it. Please do not contact the surgery to request an appointment for your booster unless you have received an invitation by text, or you are overdue. Our staff are extremely busy and it is important that you wait until you are invited.
If you have not yet had your first Covid-19 vaccination or still need to complete your primary course of vaccination, please do contact our reception desk on 01993-850257. We can provide you with the vaccination. Please note that children aged 12 to 15 years will be invited for the Covid 19 vaccination by the School-Age Immunisation Service.
Further information about the Covid 19 booster vaccination is available here
There are some things which you can do to help us complete this very large vaccination campaign as quickly and efficiently as possible.
STEP 1 - Before we ring or text you to invite you for the vaccine, please;
-make sure that we have up-to-date phone contact details for you. You can notify us of a change in your contact details here
-wherever possible, make sure that we have a current mobile phone number for you.
STEP 2 - After you have booked your appointment please;
-read the Government's information about the vaccination so that you understand why it is important to be vaccinated and feel confident about your decision to have it. Easy Read information is available here.
-download, print and complete the first 3 sections (“Patient Details”, “Clinical Screening” and “Consent”) of the following questionnaire . You do not need to enter your NHS Number. BRING THE QUESTIONNAIRE WITH YOU TO YOUR VACCINATION APPOINTMENT. Please do not drop the questionnaire off at Bampton Surgery or Carterton Health Centre before your appointment.
-if you cannot print the questionnaire, we will give you a copy when you arrive for your vaccine. However, it will be helpful if you know the answer to each question in advance.
-Question 4 of the questionnaire asks if you have ever had a serious allergic reaction to any of the ingredients of the Covid vaccines. The ingredients of the Pfizer vaccine are listed in section 2 and section 6.1 of this document
-contact Bampton Aid Network on 07946 192638 or Volunteer Link-Up on 01993 776277 if you are going to need transport to Carterton Health Centre
-check this website for updates. Some practices in other parts of the country have had to cancel vaccination clinics due to delayed deliveries. The current status of forthcoming vaccination clinics is as follows;
STEP 3 - When you attend for your appointment please;
-go to Carterton Health Centre, Alvescot Road, Carterton OX18 3LJ. (Between Aldi and the library).
-arrive no more than 5 minutes before your appointment time, as we have limited car parking space.
-bring your completed questionnaire from Step 2 (above).
-wear clothing which will enable access to your upper arm with the minimum of fuss and inconvenience.
-follow the traffic circulation pattern shown here.
-park in Alvescot Road Free Car Park (as marked on the traffic circulation pattern).
-wear a face-mask.
STEP 4 - After you have had the vaccination please;
-follow the instructions you are given. If you have been given the Pfizer vaccine, you will need to complete an observation period of 15 minutes in the waiting room.
-when you are told you can go, please leave the car park immediately to make room for those arriving.
-read the leaflet What to Expect After the Vaccination
INFLUENZA VACCINATION FOR UNDER 70 YEAR OLD PATIENTS
We are inviting eligible patients for the influenza vaccine. If you are eligible, have not been invited and would like to book an appointment, please call reception on 01993-850257.
To check whether you are eligible, please visit the NHS website
MAINTENANCE OF SERVICES DURING THE PANDEMIC
Bampton Medical Practice has maintained most services throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. We have been doing things differently though, assessing patients remotely whenever possible and only inviting patients for face-to-face appointments when necessary. We have never closed our doors as a service, we have simply been operating in a COVID-safe way.
Although lockdown restrictions are easing, it is still important for the safety of patients and staff that we continue to maintain a COVID- secure environment. It is hugely encouraging
that the vaccination rollout has been so successful, but infection rates are still concerning and the emergence of new COVID variants poses a risk we cannot ignore. For this reason,
the NHS will continue to ask patients and visitors coming to hospitals and GP practices to wear face masks when they enter the building and to socially distance. By taking these
simple precautions we can work together to help prevent the further spread of infection among both patients and staff.
We will also continue to assess patients remotely first and will offer face-to-face appointments to those who need them. This will include people with existing medical
conditions who need greater support (for example, people with learning difficulties or who may be living with hearing loss), and those who we assess to have a particular need that
requires a face-to-face appointment.
Using telephone assessment methods means we can make sure our time is used to help each patient in the best way for their particular health concern. We would like to reassure
you that we will always be working hard to put your needs, as patients, first. Routine screenings, health checks and immunisations all continue to be available at your GP
We are very aware how difficult the pandemic has been for many patients. We also understand that some may be frustrated at having to wait a little longer than usual for certain
treatments. Similarly, our telephone lines have been far busier than usual for this time of year, and patients may find themselves on hold for longer while we deal with calls.
We would ask, however, that all patients please treat our staff with kindness and respect.
General Practice has been working extremely hard, and very long hours, throughout the pandemic and the recent vaccination rollout. This has been a difficult and exhausting time for
many of our staff, who continue to work diligently to support all our patients. We appreciate your patience and understanding in this and would like to thank our patients for their support.
Using NHS services
If you have any concerning or suspicious symptoms, please do not hesitate to contact us.
We understand that some of you may have put off contacting your GP because of the COVID situation, for various reasons. But if you have a genuine concern, please get in touch
as soon as possible. We want to help you.
For mild complaints, your pharmacy, the NHS111 telephone service or http://www.111.nhs.uk/ will
be able to give you the help you need quickly and easily. If you need urgent care please call 111 or go to http://www.111.nhs.uk/ first. These can then direct you to the most appropriate local service (for instance, a minor injury unit or A&E). And please always call 999 for a life-threatening illness or injury.
If you have COVID symptoms – a high temperature, new continuous cough or loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – please make sure you get tested and continue to
follow the guidance by self-isolating to help protect those you may come into contact with.
For more information about COVID-19 and how to arrange a test, please click here.
COVID-19 VACCINATION PASSPORT
From 17 May 2021, people in England who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can demonstrate their vaccination status for international travel. A full course is currently two doses of any approved vaccine. Vaccine status will be available from:
- the NHS App which you can download from app stores
- the NHS website
- 119 - by requesting a paper letter
You will need to register to use the online services, if you have not already. It may take more than a week for your identity to be checked and verified.
If you cannot access the online services, and you have had both doses of the vaccine, you can request a paper letter from the NHS by calling 119. Only call 119 if you are due to travel outside the UK in the near future and have had your second dose more than 5 working days ago. It may take up to 7 working days for the letter to arrive.
This practice is not able to provide you with a letter that shows your COVID-19 vaccination status. Please do not contact the practice about your COVID-19 vaccination status unless you have been advised to by the 119 service.
When you're planning your travel, you should check the latest information on demonstrating your COVID-19 status when travelling abroad on the gov.uk website. Make sure there is enough time to get proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status before you are due to travel.
As part of the NHS’s efforts to protect patients and healthcare workers at this difficult time, Oxfordshire GP practices have changed the way they work.
PLEASE DO NOT VISIT THE GP SURGERY IN PERSON. If you have a temperature, have developed a continuous cough or there has been a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste you should visit 111.nhs.uk (or phone 111) for further advice on Coronavirus. You can contact the surgery by telephone if you are concerned about Coronavirus or any other health condition or symptom. You will be offered a telephone appointment with a GP who will advise whether you need to be seen in a face-to face consultation. If this is the case, safe arrangements will be made for your appointment.
ADVICE FOR PATIENTS
Please click here for information which will help you plan your self-isolation.
Welcome to the Website for Bampton Medical Practice
providing surgeries at Bampton Surgery and
Carterton Health Centre
The Bampton Medical Practice covers Bampton and the surrounding villages of Aston, Cote, Clanfield, Black Bourton, Alvescot, Brize Norton and the town of Carterton where it has a branch surgery situated in the Carterton Health Centre. The surgery in Bampton is a beautiful, spacious purpose built building which was opened in 1991. We offer a full range of NHS services.
So that you can identify staff in the practice, they will all be wearing name badges. There is also a photoboard in the entrance to reception which includes attached staff such as District Nurses and Health Visitors.
Occasionally we have a medical student attached to the practice. We feel this is an important part of our work in training future doctors and we ask for our patients co-operation. However, we respect your wishes if you do not want a student to sit in during a consultation.
Bampton Medical Practice uses the Witney Neighbourhood Hub for some of our patients who need to see a GP or Nurse the same day they call. The Hub is located on the ground floor at Windrush Medical Centre and offers 15 minute slots. If you need to see someone urgently, the reception staff will ask you for some information so that they can offer you the appointment that best meets your needs.
Patient Participation Group (PPG) - Bampton Medical Practice hold PPG meetings throughout the year. If you are interested in adding your voice to what goes on at Bampton Medical Practice then please do get in touch with the surgery on 01993 850257, inform the reception staff that you are interested in joining the PPG and the practice manager will contact you with further information.
Remember to follow this advice from Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group when we are closed and if you need medical assistance or advice dial 111 to access the Out of Hours Service.
(Site updated 21/10/2021)