An afternoon with Oxford maternity staff
On Saturday 18 May 2019, Oxford University Hospitals and Oxfordshire Maternity Voices Partnership will host an open afternoon called 'Your journey to parenthood: from planning a pregnancy to becoming a family', where attendees will have the opportunity to access a wealth of knowledge from experts working in the various areas of Maternity Services. For further information, please Click here
Blandford Fly Bite Advice
For the latest advice from the NHS Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group regarding what to do if you are bitten, please Click Here
1st June 2019 - GP parkrun pledge day
To celebrate the one-year anniversary of the parkrun success Hightown Surgery GP's and practice staff are joining the GP parkrun Pledge Day on 01 June 2019 - a chance for GPs and practice staff across the country to pledge to participate (be it walk, run or volunteer) at their local parkrun.
Hightown Surgery is a parkrun practice
Banbury weekly parkrun
Hightown Surgery is a parkrun practice. We encouraging staff and patients to attend the Banbury parkrun as volunteers, runners, walkers, spectators.
Dr Cornwall completee her 100th parkrun this January.
There's evidence that whatever level people participate at there are positive mental and physical health benefits.
What is Banbury parkrun?
It is a 5km run - it's you against the clock.
When is it?
Every Saturday at 9:00am.
Where is it?
The event takes place in Spiceball park, Banbury, Oxfordshire, OX16 2QU.
How fast do I have to be?
We all run for our own enjoyment. Please come along and join in whatever your pace!
What does it cost to join in?
Nothing - it's free! but please register before your first run.
For more information on this years Banbury parkrun click here Banbury parkrun Love parkrun
New telephone system
From 30th April we have a new telephone system in the practice.
Please note that calls are recorded for training and monitoring purposes. This includes calls you make to us, and calls we make to you.
Please see section 9. Practice Policies for the phone call recording policy.
Do you have a child at primary school that gets anxious and worried?
At standing in the gap we know...
families come in many different shapes and sizes. However sometimes families need advice and support to help the children manage BIG emotions. BIG emotions include fear, anxiety, anger and bereavement.
Often when children become anxious its hard as parents and teachers to know what to do for the best. Do we ignore it, reassure them or hope its a phase they will grow out of. If your child is a worrier come along with them and learn about what anxiety is, using our crazy doorbell. Find out what can help and what techniques as parents you can use to help your child to move forward.
Standing in the gap off free workshops to help children 0-11 manage big emotions
Workshops take place every month in the community room at Waitrose store on Southam Road Banbury.
Please click on the link below for further information.
Managing the wibbles and wobbles of anxiety
Easter & May Bank Holiday Pharmacy opening hours
Early May Bank Holiday
Spring Bank Holiday
|Boots the Chemist 12-14 Castle Quay, OX16 5UH Tel: 01295 262015||08:30 - 17:30||Closed||10:30 - 16:30||10:30 - 16:30||10:30 - 16:30|
|Boots UK Ltd Banbury Cross Retail Park, OX16 1LX Tel: 01295 252597||09:00 - 18:00||Closed||09:00 - 18:00||09:00 - 18:00||09:00 - 18:00|
|Frosts Pharmacy Hardwick Centre, Ferriston, OX16 1XE Tel: 01295 272432||Closed||12:00 - 14:00||Closed||Closed||Closed|
|Lloyds Pharmacy in Sainsbury’s Oxford Road, OX16 9XA Tel: 01295 253445||09:00 - 17:00||Closed||09:00 - 17:00||09:00 - 17:00||09:00 - 17:00|
Superdrug Pharmacy 34-35 Castle Quay, OX16 5UN Tel: 01295 269318
|08:30 - 18:00||Closed||Closed||Closed||Closed|
Bowel Cancer Awareness Month
The facts about bowel cancer
Every 15 minutes in the UK someone is diagnosed with bowel cancer. It’s more common in the over 50s but it can affect people of all ages. Around 268,000 people living in the UK today have been diagnosed with the disease.
Bowel cancer is the UK’s second biggest cancer killer but it shouldn’t be. It’s treatable and curable especially if diagnosed early. Nearly everyone survives bowel cancer if diagnosed at the earliest stage, however this drops significantly as the disease develops. Early diagnosis really does save lives.
Being aware of the key symptoms and visiting your GP if things don’t feel right can help increase chances of an early diagnosis.
The symptoms of bowel cancer can include:
Bleeding from your bottom and/or blood in your poo
A persistent and unexplained change in bowel habit
Unexplained weight loss
Extreme tiredness for no obvious reason
A pain or lump in your tummy
Most people with these symptoms don’t have bowel cancer. Other health problems can cause similar symptoms. If you have one or more of these, or if things just don’t feel right, see your GP.
This April you can help raise awareness and save lives
Early diagnosis really does save lives, that’s why this April @bowelcanceruk are raising awareness of the UK’s 2nd biggest cancer killer.
You can help spread the word too, find out how #thisisbowelcancer
New Bowel Cancer screening test
Bowel Scope Screening is a one-off screening test offered to men and women at the age of 55 years old. Patients aged 56 to 59 are able to self-refer. It is a new modality of screening and will run in addition to the current FOBT screening home test kit sent to people’s homes from the age of 60.
Bowel Scope Screening patients are invited into hospital to have a one-off flexible sigmoidoscopy procedure to find and remove any small polyps in the left side of the bowel, that could eventually turn into cancer. It has been demonstrated that participation in Bowel Scope Screening can reduce the incident of bowel cancer by 40% and reduce bowel cancer mortality by 50%.
Hightown Surgery patients turning 55 years old will automatically be invited for screening.
Further information is available on the NHS link below.
We have sadly had to say farewell to Partner Dr Park and Associate GP Dr Subramaniam as they embark on their exciting new adventures in New Zealand and Australia! They will be greatly missed by all staff and patients at Hightown Surgery but we wish them both the very best of luck for the future.
Furthermore, Dr Ahmed, Dr Harrison, Dr Chellar and Dr Nichols will be covering regular locum sessions with us over the upcoming months as we are still yet to recruit a regular GP.
Smokefreelife Oxfordshire is a service by Solutions 4 Health
Offering drop in sessions with fully trained advisors at clinics across Oxfordshire.
Free weekly, one to one or group sessions over 12 weeks, as well as free weekly supply of Nicotine Replacement Therapy.
Clinics are within local community settings including, shopping centres, community centres and worship places.
For further details visit: www.smokefreelifeoxfordshire.co.uk
text: QUIT to 66777
Keep it or cancel it - but please don't waste it.
Did you know that there are around 12 million missed GP appointments every year?
That's over 46,000 appointments every week, and costs the NHS around £162 million.
Missed appointments waste NHS resources and can cause serious delays in treatment for other patients.
If you no longer need your appointment or cannot attend please let us know as soon as possible so that we can offer it to another patient.
Free online sleep therapy
Sleepio is a fully automated online sleep improvement programme for poor sleep, which delivers tailored and engaging advice, 24/7 based on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). It is also NICE evaluated and NHS endorsed.
Around 20% of the adult population have persistence poor sleep. Sleepio is clinically proven to help those with insomnia make the changes necessary to achieve healthy sleep levels. In addition to better sleep, Sleepio users report improved productivity, more energy during the day and a reduction in anxiety and depression.
Anyone can access the Sleepio programme.
Click here for the link. https://go.bighealth.com/sleepio_nhs
School Health Nurse
If you have a child aged 5 - 11 years attending a primary school in Banbury, Burford or Carterton parents can contact the school health nurse team directly to request help or advice for their child.
For children at Banbury primary schools please telephone 01865 904234.
Further information on the service is available on the link below.
Oxfordshire Mind - Peer Support Groups
Oxfordshire Mind peer support groups are a safe, welcoming space to share activities, issues or thoughts and to meet people who may have experienced similar issues.
Groups take place in Banbury, Witney, Bicester and Chipping Norton each week.
For full details please click on the clinics & services tab at the top of this page and then select mental health.
NHS Zero Tolerance Policy
Our staff are here to help you and will always try to be as polite and helpful as possible even during difficult times.
There is an NHS Zero Tolerance Policy against shouting, swearing or threatening behaviour, which will not be tolerated under any circumstances.
Patients and members of the public who are abusive or threatening towards our staff maybe asked to leave. It may sometimes by necessary for patients to be removed from our list.
Blood pressure monitor amnesty.
Have you been loaned a blood pressure monitor by us?
Could you please return it back to the practice promptly at the end of your monitoring period to ensure equipment is available for use by other patients.
Physical activity opportunities in Banbury
There are three new physical activity initiatives in and around Banbury. All are directly accessible – no referral needed.
- MAN V FAT Football
- Families Active, Sporting Together (FAST)
- Banbury weekly parkrun
For further information please click on the tab at the top of this page (Clinics & Services - Patient Self Referral Services)
Oxfordshire Health Visiting Team
Delivering guidance and support to parents of babies and toddlers.
Tel 01865 904 440
Click on the link below for full details.
Heath Visiting Team - how we can help
If parents wish to weigh their baby or toddler or if the query isn't urgent you can attend the Banbury weekly well baby clinics:
Wednesdays 10am - 12 noon Thursday 10am - 11am
East Street Children's Centre, Grimsbury Sunshine Centre, Bretch Hill
Free wifi now available in practice.
look up health information, download health apps and browse the internet.
There is a simple registration process to set up your account on first use.
Oxfordshire County Council – Live Well Oxfordshire website:
Have you ever wondered how to find out about local wellbeing activities and services for your patients? The Live Well Oxfordshire website is Oxfordshire County Council’s online directory of over 2000 activities and services available across the county.
For more information please click on the attachment
The directory can be accessed here: livewell.Oxfordshire