It is important not to ignore or put off medical needs and to contact your GP or attend A&E when necessary. You can check the NHS advice on How to Get Medical Help at Home or call your GP who may be able to offer an over the phone service.
COVID-19 testing update:
- NEW April 2021: Rapid lateral flow tests now available for those without symptoms. Full details here including school and workplace testing, getting tests by post and where locally to pick up tests.
- Getting a COVID test: www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or call 119 (lines are open 7am to 11pm)
- Symptom-free testing: The roll out of community testing is expanding gradually, with it currently available for anyone who works or volunteers in a role where they have close contact with people outside their home or is a childminder. If you fall into this category please pop along to your nearest centre for a test to protect others. Check details here.
- Free rapid tests for all businesses All businesses in England can now sign up for free lateral flow tests for their employees. The government is asking them to register their interest in this, by 31 March. The message to businesses is that regular testing of their employees could be the difference between a workplace being able to stay open and operational, or needing to close due to a coronavirus outbreak. There’s more information for businesses on the government website.
- Collection of tests for parents/carers of primary school aged children: The national messaging signposts people to three options but in Oxfordshire there’s currently only two options – ordering tests directly from the government or collecting them from the symptomatic testing centre at Osney Lane, Oxford (Car Park at Former Contractors Compound, Osney Lane, Oxford City Centre OX1 1NY). For anybody that’s not able to get to a testing centre to collect the kits once they become available can now order to have them delivered on the government website.
Local Medical Services
- Botley Medical Centre
- Lloyds Pharmacy 01865 247023
- Woodlands Pharmacy: 01865 242649 (Prescription deliveries, also does flu jabs)
- Oxford hospitals information
Prescription delivery service
Advice for pregnant women and new mothers:
A new ‘Ask the Midwife’ helpline has now been launched by OUH and Oxfordshire Maternity Voices Partnership. If you would like to speak to one of their midwives please call the Ask the Midwife helpline on 07919 213667 between 11am – 7pm, 7 days a week. This number is for non-urgent queries only. If you feel your question is urgent please call MAU on 01865 220221 – this number is available 24 hours a day/7 days a week.
Maternity Voices Partnership also runs regular Facebook live Q&A sessions with midwives on hand to answer your queries https://www.facebook.com/OxfordshireMVP/ Oxfordshire Breastfeeding support also offer on line antenatal support sessions…check out their Facebook page to see whats on offer! https://www.facebook.com/groups/OxBreastfeedingSupport/