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We need your views on our proposed move. Please come to a public meeting this Thursday 30th March at the United Reformed Church Hall, 352 Marston Road, Marston, Oxford, OX3 0JB.

If you can't make it please look at the presentation below and send us your views. 

MMC Options Presentation

CHANGES TO YOUR USUAL DOCTOR:  During the merger process of the last few months we have had to make a number of changes to the doctors' team.  This means we have had to move 10% of our patients to new usual doctors.  We are sending out text messages, emails and some letters to let you know if this applies to you.  If you have been moved, we are really sorry as we know patients and doctors often develop close relationships, and it can be frustrating having to get to know and to trust someone again.  However, please be patient and give it a go.  The new doctors we have are caring, conscientious and highly competent.

Adult Screening Programmes

NHS National Bowel Screening Programme


  • Bowel cancer screening is carried out every 2 years and has 2 stages:-
    1. A test kit sent to patients at home centrally from the Guilford hub (the practice does not send out letters)
    2. if test is positive, patients have a colonoscopy locally (the Horton, JR or Royal Berkshire)
  • Patients aged 60-69 years are eligible for bowel cancer screening and this will extend to patients up to the age of 74 in 2012
  • Every eligible patient within the age group who is registered with a GP and whose address is current will receive an invitation every 2 years
  • Those patients over the upper age limit may opt in by calling 0800 707 606. People below the age limit are not eligible but if they have symptoms they should see their GP.
  • If a patient has a positive screen the GP will be informed
  • GPs or patients concerned that someone has not yet received a screening invitation should call 0800 707 6060 or the Oxfordshire Screening Centre on 01295 229834 to confirm the expected invitation date.

NHS National Breast Screening Programme

  • Women aged between 50-70 years of age are eligible for breast cancer screening. In 2011 the programme is being extended to some women aged 47-49 and 71-73yrs.
  • Those aged over 70 years may opt in by calling the breast screening unit on 01865 235621
  • Screening is for all GP registered individuals within the above age group unless they are ceased for clinical reasons or have expressed in writing a wish not to be involved in the programme
  • Screening is every 3 years and everyone who is eligible will be sent an invitation to attend by the breast screening unit (the practice does not send out letters)
  • Screening consists of an X-ray of breast tissue (mammogram)
  • Screening is at the Oxford Breast Imaging Centre (OBIC) at the ChurchillHospital and in mobile units which travel about the county for local community use.
  • If women have a positive screen they will be invited back to the breast clinic for further investigation within 3 weeks.
  • If you have any queries about breast cancer screening, please contact the breast screening unit on 01865 235621

NHS National Cervical Screening Programme (Smears)

  • Women aged between 25-49 years of age are screened every 3 years. Screening consists of a 20 minute smear appointment with a practice nurse
  • Women aged between 50-64 years of age are screened every 5 years. Screening consists of a 20 minute smear appointment with a practice nurse
  • Screening is for all GP registered individuals within the above age group unless they are ceased for clinical reasons or have expressed in writing a wish not to be involved in the programme
  • TVPCA (Thames Valley Primary Care Agency) identifies women due for screening. The practice sends out the invitation letters, followed by reminder letters. The cytology labs (at RBBH or ORH) carry out the screening of samples and report results to TVPCA, GP Practice & colposcopy (if referral required).
  • Result letters are sent to the women from TVPCA
  • The colposcopy units invite women for further investigations/treatment if their initial smear indicates a potential problem. The colposcopy service will liaise with TVPCA and the practice to ensure the patient is put back on the call/recall system.


Oxfordshire Diabetic Eye Screening Service (ODESS)

  • All patients with diabetes aged 12 years and over are screened yearly. Screening consists of taking images of the eye
  • Oxfordshire Diabetic Eye Screening Service (ODESS) coordinates the call/recall system
  • For all those registered with a GP unless they are ceased for clinical reasons or have expressed in writing a wish not to be involved in the programme
  • Patients being seen in ophthalmology for Glaucoma or Macular Degeneration should still attend for diabetic eye screening
  • Invitations are sent out followed by 2 reminder letters (the practice does not send out any letters)
  • Screening is carried out at the JR (1 of 16 contracted optometrists)
  • All images are assessed by ODESS. If further assessment is required ODESS refers the patient directly to ophthalmology department at the JR or Royal Berks
  • Both the patient and the GP will be sent the results by letter
  • Photographs taken during a routine eye sight test are NOT the same as Diabetic Retinopathy Screening
  • If you have any queries about the service please call 01865 321586


National Chlamydia Screening Programme (NCSP)

Are you 15—24? Have you been tested for the love bug?

1 in 14 young people are already infected with Chlamydia...

And most don’t know it! Ask reception for a test—It’s free and confidential.

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Chlamydia is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the UK.

It’s passed on from one person to another through unprotected sex (sex without a condom).

In 2012, 206,912 people tested positive for chlamydia in England. 64% of people diagnosed with chlamydia were under 25 years old.

Chlamydia symptoms

Most people who have chlamydia don’t notice any symptoms, and so don't know they have it. Research suggests that 50% of men and 70-80% of women don't get symptoms at all with a chlamydia infection. 

Symptoms of chlamydia could be pain when you urinate (pee), unusual discharge from the penis, vagina or rectum or, in women, bleeding between periods or after sex.

Getting tested for chlamydia

Testing for chlamydia is done with a urine test or a swab test. You don't always have to have a physical examination by a nurse or doctor.

Anyone can get a free and confidential chlamydia test at a sexual health clinic, a GUM (genitourinary medicine) clinic or a GP surgery.

Treating chlamydia

Chlamydia is easily treated with antibiotics. You may be given a single dose, or a longer course of antibiotics to take for a week.

If chlamydia isn’t treated, the infection can sometimes spread to other parts of your body and lead to serious long-term health problems such as pelvic inflammatory disease and infertility (not being able to have children).

The National Chlamydia Screening Programme

Chlamydia is most common in people under 25 years old, although people of any age can get it. If you are under 25, you can get a free, confidential chlamydia test under the National Chlamydia Screening Programme (NCSP).

Some NCSP areas may also send chlamydia testing kits to you through the post. You can request these online.

For more information regarding screening please visit the OCSP website


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