24th Nov 2020

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24th Nov 2020

Covid Vaccinations UPDATE - March 4th 2021

We are now starting to invite patients who had their first vaccination between the 15th & 22nd December for their 2nd vaccination.Patients who received their vaccination after those dates will be contacted in due course.

Please note you will need to have the same brand of vaccine for your second dose as you were given for your first.


For 1st vaccinations, we will continue to invite patients to receive the vaccine in the priority given below:

We have now invited all patients from 65 upwards for their 1st vaccinations and have also invited patients aged 16-64 with underlying health conditions. If you have not received an invitation as yet, please wait to be contacted.

There are no 1st vaccination appointments available this week at the Cotswold Hospital. We will update this information when there is.

We are aware that some patients have received letters from NHS England inviting them to book vaccinations. If those patients wish to have the vaccination at the North Cotswold Hospital rather than the sites offered, please wait to be invited. PLEASE DO NOT RING THE SURGERY REGARDING THIS. THE LARGE VOLUME OF CALLS IS STOPPING PATIENTS WHO NEED TO SPEAK TO A DOCTOR FROM GETTING THROUGH TO SPEAK TO OUR RECEPTION TEAM


14th Sep 2020

COVID-19 Testing

Mobile Testing Units (MTU's) and Regional Testing Sites (RTS) - No Appointment, no Test

The department of Health and Social Care have advised that, due to high levels of demand across the country, any latitude for testing without an appointment has gone. Tests are now only available on an appointment basis to individuals with sysmptoms of COV-19.

MTU sites will only be testing those who are symptomatic and have a booking (excluding non-digital sites);anyone else will risk being turned away.  

The MTU is available at various locations across the county. Test can be booked in advance by visiting the NHS website or calling 119. Tests are not available from the Practice.Locations are detailed on the Gloucestershire County Council Website.


27th Aug 2020

Flu Vaccinations

Flu vaccinations appointments are now available to book for the over 50's from the 1st December.

Flu vaccination appointments are available to book for the over 65's and patients included in the at risk groups. Please contact reception or book online at make an appointment. 

In 2020/21 groups eligible for the NHS funded flu vaccination programme are the same as last year, although this may change if the programme is expanded and include:

  • all children agred two to ten (but not eleven years or older) on 31st August 2020
  • those aged six months to under 65 years in clinical risk groups
  • pregnant women
  • those aged 65 years and over.
  • those in long-stay residential care homes
  • carers
  • close contacts of immunocompromised individuals
  • health and social care staff employed by a registered residential care/nursing home, registered domiciliary care provider, or a voluntary managed hospice provider.

We expect universal vaccination of health and care workers and further guidance will be published in due course.



27th Jul 2020

Face Masks

We are now requesting that all patients coming to the surgery, for any reason, should wear their own face mask and clean their hands before entering.

You can purchase one, they are widely available, or you can make your own. Here are some instructions on how to do this:

If you forget to bring one with you, you can buy one in the surgery foyer for a donation of £2 to Cotswold Friends, who have done so much to support the practice and our patients during the lockdown.

The masks have been made locally by Moreton Scrubhub.If you have any patterned or plain sheets, duvet covers or similar fabric that you no longer need or maybe yur sewing thread box is overflowing, please consider donating some reels of thread, elastic or fabric to the Scrub Hub ladies from Cotswold Friends who are making the masks and need more supplies. If you would like to sew masks for the project, the contact details are as follows:

Cotswold Friends  - Telephone Number 01608 697006


 Patient Information leaflet on face coverings

Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust have developed a helpful and comprehensive patient information leaflet on wearing face coverings for COVID-19. The leaflet explains; why you should wear a face covering when you have no symptoms of coronavirus; how to put on and take off your face covering correctly; how to wash hands correctly; and an FAQ around resusing and sharing masks with family members. Please click below to view leaflet.

Face Covering Leaflet


 Face Mask Exemption Letter requests

We are aware that some patients might be understandably anxious about the Government’s recent announcements around the use of face masks in various public settings. 

GPs are unfortunately not in a position to provide individual risk assessments or letters for patients who feel that they should be exempt from wearing a face mask.

The government guidance on exemptions suggests there is no requirement for evidence for exemption therefore it is sufficient for an individual to self-declare this.

Similarly, practices are under no obligation to provide letters of support for anyone who does not fall under the list of exemptions but considers them to have another reason to be exempted.

Government advice on the use of face coverings can be found here:



9th Jul 2020

Coming to the surgery

Face Masks

We are now requesting that all patients coming to the surgery, for any reason, should wear their own face mask and clean their hands before entering.


We have telephone and video appointments with all our GPs, and these are bookable on line. We are restricting face to face appointments to those issues which cannot be dealt with by phone or video. If your GP feels that you need to be seen face to face, they will arrange a specific appointment when they speak to you.

Many nurse appointments are also being offered bt telephone or video. Some patients may need to attend the surgery for a blodd test before speaking to a nurse, e.g. for diabetes. These appointments are not available for on-line booking as all our nurses and healthcare assistantss have different training and we do not want patients to book in for an appointment with the wrong team member.

Please can you arrive on tme for any face to face appointment, but avoid coming early to reduce numbers in the waiting room.

9th Jul 2020

Active Practice Charter

The Practice has been awarded a listing on the Active Practice Charter, an initiative from the Royal College of GPs and Sport England. We've pledged to meet the following criteria:

  • Reduce sedentarybehaviour in both our patients and staff
  • Increase physical activity in both our patients and staff
  • Partner with external exercise providers

Amongst other things, we're making changes to the waiting rooms, providing a standing waiting area, showing seated exercise ideas on our TV information screens and we already walk to collect you from the waiting room rather than using a call system.

We have a staffstep count competition and we're a Park Run Practice with links to the Fire Service College Park Run in Moreton-in-Marsh. You will likely see staff here on a Saturday morning.

For more information about local activity providers and exercises you can do yourself at home for general fitness or specific conditions, please carry on reading.  

Exercise Chart

You may have specific conditions that could be improved by doing certain execises, or you may be looking to improve your general health. Please click on the below chart to find appropriate exercises for you. Follow the key to choose which exercises will be most relevant to your needs. Just click on the relevant link which will direct you to helpful advice.  

Exercise info chart

25th Jun 2020

How you can help us to maintain your health

How you can help us maintain your health

We are encouraging patients to purchase a thermometer to have it at home to enable the GPs to make an assessment remotely when appropriate.

It is also useful to have a Blood Pressure Monitor to have at home if you are suffering from any cardio vascular disease, diabetes or are being treated for blood pressure management. Some information about blood pressure monitors is here :

Choosing a BP Machine and Measuring at home

22nd Apr 2020


Following guidance from NHS England to mitigate the spread of Coronavirus, the practice will no longer be offering GP face to face appointments unless clinically necessary until further notice. Patients will be offered a telephone consultation instead. Patients who already have a face to face appointment booked will be contacted to change to a telephone appointment instead.

Any GP appointment that is clinically needed face to face will be triaged prior to the appointment.

Some routine nurse and Health Care Assistant appointments may also be cancelled. Appointments where a face to face appointment is clinically required will continue. (E.g. warfarin monitoring)

If you suspect you have come into contact with Coronavirus or are self isolating, DO NOT come into the surgery or attend A&E. Phone 111 for assessment and advice.

Please click on the link for the latest advice:

Please click on the link for a Coronavirus Symptom Checker:

How to get coronavirus support as a clinically extremely vulnerable person. Please click on the link:

How to join the NHS Volunteer Responders. Please click on the link:

22nd Apr 2020

Travel Cancellation Insurance Forms (Coronavirus)


Unless you are unwell and have had a consultation with one of our clinical staff, we cannot complete travel insurance forms. The first step is to speak to your insurance company. If you have an underlying medical condition which may result in you being at greater risk of coronavirus and its' effects, you can access your medical record on line and send a medical summary to your insurance company should they require it.  

5th Mar 2020

Have you got the NHS App?

At home or on the move, with the new NHS App you can conveniently order repeat prescriptions, view your GP medical records, manage appointments at your GP surgery, set organ donation preferences, and check symptoms.

The app has been developed by the NHS and has been designed to help people get more information about their health and care - and more control of how they use NHS services. New functions and services will also be added in the coming months. Why not download it and try it out? 

The app is convenient, gives you more control of your health at all times, and is owned and run by the NHS.

What does the NHS App do?

The NHS App allows you to access a range of NHS services on your smartphone or tablet. A desktop version is launching soon too.

You can use it wherever you are, at any time. It puts valuable information about your health and treatments at your fingertips.

You can:

  • order repeat prescriptions
  • view your GP medical record
  • book and cancel appointments at your GP surgery
  • register for organ donation and change your donation preferences
  • use the symptoms checker, including an A to Z of conditions and treatment advice from the NHS website
  • access 111 Online, for advice on self-care and whether urgent help is needed

Is my information safe?

Just like a banking app, your identity will be carefully checked during the simple registration process. The app has been designed, built and tested so that your personal information is always safe and secure.

How to register through the NHS App

Download the app from your mobile device’s app store and follow the easy step-by-step registration instructions. It will help if you know your NHS number (though this isn’t essential), and you will need to have a form of ID (passport or driving license) to hand.

If you want to learn more, visit the NHS App page on the NHS UK website.

5th Mar 2020

GP Practice Survey

The latest GP Practice survey has been released and can be viewed via the link below.

5th Mar 2020

Green Impact for Health

The Practice has committed to the Green Impact for Health Scheme which has been set up to accredit practices who are aiming to reduce our impact on the environment and work in a more sustainable way.

This successful scheme has been set up by the National Union of Students and has been running since 2006, but has been expanded in recent years to include the Royal College of General Practitioners.

We use an online system targeting energy use, waste disposal, water usage, procurement, prescribing and travel, with points awarded for achievements in reducing our impact on the environment. These achievements are recognised with Bronze, Silver and Gold awards which we are currently working towards.

Our Practice is aware of the importance of working in a greener way to ensure that we leave the planet in good condition for future generations and by joining this national scheme, we hope we can continue to make positive changes.

5th Mar 2020

Text Messaging

The practice is trialling using text messaging to contact patients. Please can patients make sure we have your updated mobile telephone number and email address.

Let us know if you consent to receiving text messages

5th Mar 2020

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