Showing posts from August, 2015

Overseas visitors and GP appointments in the UK

UK healthcare is largely free at the point of delivery although being in Oxford – a top destination for tourist, business and overseas visitors – we see first-hand how confusing it is particularly for an overseas visitor to work out what treatment options are available.
If you are a visitor to Oxford and you are unwell, you can pay to get immediate access to a doctor at Oxford Private Medical Practice, but there are circumstances when you can be treated for free through the National Health Service.
The two key principles to bear in mind are; that anyone ordinarily resident in the UK is entitled to receive all NHS services; and everybody in need of emergency treatment are entitled to be seen by an NHS doctor for free.
In an emergency, you can be treated either at an accident & emergency (A&E) centre or at a local GP practice where you can receive treatment for 14 days (after 14 days you will need to register as a temporary or permanent patient).  But rememb…

Stop colds and flu!

Very encouraging to read that a study has shown that watching a simple internet program showing how to wash your hands and take simple measures to reduce transmission of viruses can significantly reduce your chance of picking up colds and flu from people who are living or working with you.

Better still the study has shown that in the group who have watched the program they need less GP consultations and need to take less antibiotics - so it looks like this is effective and worthwhile.

Other things that you can do to get ready for the winter increase in colds include making sure that you get your flu vaccine. Now readily available for everyone it is definitely a good idea. And if you don't want your children missing school with the high temperatures and misery caused by flu it is worth thinking about the nasal flu spray. Not available to all age groups via the NHS but available privately for children up to the age of 18 - a simple sniff to give protection from the strains that a…

MenW immunisation

A recent rise in the incidence of meningitis W has prompted the UK government to recommend immunisation of all children between the ages of 11-18. Meningitis and meningococcal disease is caused by infection with a bacterium Neisseria Meningitidis (commonly known as meningococcus).  Invasive meningococcal disease (IMD) is uncommon but infection can progress rapidly to serious disease or death in previously healthy people.  The highest incidence is in children under five years of age with a peak incidence in those under one year of age.  There is a secondary peak in incidence in young people aged 15-19.  The overall mortality risk for IMD is high (between 5-10%) and up to 35% of children and adolescents surviving infection will develop permanent complications (limb amputations, brain damage, deafness and neurological problems).

 There is some confusion about the different types of vaccines available so here is a brief outline.  There are 13 strains of meningococcus in total, but we onl…

Welcome to our blog

We are delighted that you have given us a chance to tell you about what we do and who we are. 
I started Oxford Private Medical Practice in 2007. I was looking for the opportunity to spend more time with my patients to allow me to get to know them better and set up a small practice at The Manor Hospital. The practice grew quickly and before long needed a bigger working space. I found a bright top floor office in Summertown and fitted it out to provide a home for the new practice. When the practice in Summertown opened in December 2010 I was working on my own with my PA Tillie. 
As the practice grew I invited other doctors and healthcare professionals to come and work alongside me at the practice. The growth was largely driven by patient demand and there are now 4 GPs, 3 practice nurses, a psychologist, child psychologist, family therapist, therapist and couples counsellor working with me. There is a visiting psychiatrist and neonatologist (who does new baby check ups). There are …