Charlbury Medical Centre AZ Covid Clinics

Charlbury Medical Centre AZ Covid clinics, TUESDAY 9th and FRIDAY 12th February

If you are in the eligible category,  over 70 or extremely clinically vulnerable, you should have had a call to invite you to the two clinics arranged for this week.

If you haven’t yet heard from the CMC, (or booked a vaccination on line), as advised for the Secretary of State for Health, please contact the Practice and they will ensure you are included 

Please also note that some parking spaces will be reserved for patients attending the sports centre for their vaccinations and allow them to have priority for a couple of hours in the morning of these two dates. Thank you for your understanding.

Enstone Firs Briefing Note – 26 Jan 21

Ash Dieback Disease and Enstone Firs West on the Ditchley Estate

Following the felling of trees that was necessary due to Ash Dieback Disease, replanting is now being completed in a similar style to that last adopted on this site in the 1950’s, with a predominantly native broadleaved planting together with a coniferous nurse. A total of approximately 4600 trees are to be planted, comprising Beech, Lime, Wild Service Tree, Hazel, Thorn, Wild Privet and Wayfaring Tree.

Pedestrian access gates are being installed at either end of the permitted footpath route. However, after felling and mulching of stumps and debris, the site is understandably quite ‘raw’. The intention is that the gates are locked as an interim measure until the site has had time to mellow, and nature has had time to naturally colonise the areas between the young trees with vegetation. Once this has occurred, it will be possible for the gates to be unlocked and walkers then to access along the designated route, as had occurred prior to the onset of Ash Dieback Disease and the unfortunate need to fell and replant.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact:

Tim Shardlow Bsc(Hons) MICFor M Arbor A

Forestry Consultant to the Ditchley Estate

Nicholsons – 07909 530482


Your priorities for West Oxfordshire’s budget

West Oxfordshire District Council is asking for views as to how it should prioritise its budget spend for next year.

The West Oxfordshire District is currently preparing its annual budget for 2021-22 and is consulting on a number of different proposals.

The budget will cover areas including housing, leisure and recreation, environmental health, waste collection, planning applications and local taxation collections etc.

The West Oxfordshire District Council survey can be completed online at The deadline for responses is 31st January.

The Council Survey Information will only be used for the specific purposes of the Budget survey, further privacy information can be found on West Oxfordshire District Council website


Charlbury Medical Centre Patient Group News – Jan 2021

From: Sue Smith, Charlbury Medical Centre Patient Group.

First, I want to start by emphasising that the delivery of the Oxford Astra Zeneca vaccine has not yet been confirmed for next week.  Please continue to check the medical centre website, and for news.  The medical centre has a great track record for vaccinating people speedily and efficiently.  Please help them by responding to their telephone calls and collecting your vaccination letter if there isn’t time to post it out.

Secondly, there has been a short discussion on the Charlbury town website about oximeters.  These devices measure heart rate and oxygen levels present in the blood. A drop in oxygen levels can be a key indicator into the severity of a Covid-19 infection. A person may not be aware of this, but the use of the oximeter will monitor oxygen levels and alert people to when they should act urgently. The article on BBC News gives more information:

Lastly, we attach our winter newsletter.

Charlbury Patient Group News January 2021

This time we write about:

  • The Rural West Primary Care Network: what is it?
  • New staff in the Rural West PCN
  • The work of the Falls Prevention Service, when to dial 999 following a fall
  • The NHS App: your own GP medical records one click away: how to access it and the information it provides
  • Booking an appointment at the medical practice. When is my GP on duty?

Please share this newsletter with anyone you think might be interested in it.  Please also share the information about the Falls Service with friends, neighbours and family who might benefit from the important service they provide.

COVID vaccinations this week at Carterton

This is just a reminder that it is essential that you have filled in your forms before you go for your vaccination, but only people who have been called by the Practice and given an appointment should go up to the tent outside to collect your letters tomorrow and later in the week for the Friday session. If it is impossible for you or a friend/ relative to collect your letter, we can deliver them

Please do not telephone the Practice, they will definitely telephone you if you are eligible to be offered an appointment, and please do not come to ask for a letter unless you have been called. We are awaiting information about the Oxford vaccine, no news yet.

If it is possible that you have missed your call, please check your answerphone regularly.

Covid 19 Vaccine News from Charlbury Medical Centre

For the latest news click here:

We started to telephone eligible patients on Monday 11th January to book for vaccination on Saturday 16th January at Carterton Health Centre. It will be Charlbury staff running the clinic so same faces different location.

Please do not arrive earlier than 5 minutes before your allotted time as you have to sit and wait for 15 minutes after vaccination before we can let you go (space is limited & trying to achieve social distancing).

ATIC (All Together in Charlbury) the details of which may be found on the local Charlbury website may be able to help with transport to Carterton if required Tel 01993 776 277

We ask you to come to Charlbury Surgery or ask someone to do this on your behalf to pick up the necessary paperwork & fill in the form at home. It would be helpful for us if you can arrive between 10am and 11am as a representative from our patient group will be there to help you at that time.

CARERS: Please contact to let us know you are a carer. You are amazing, thank you for caring & all your hard work! Please don’t phone the surgery to tell us you are a carer as it’s clogging up our phone lines, an e-mail is perfect…Thanks!

We are struggling to phone patients to book them in for their vaccine appointments as we are being flooded with incoming calls!

So far according to the number of vaccines we have been allocated and the number of patients in each age group that we have, it looks like:

  • Saturday January 16th will be all over 85’s.
  • Tuesday January 19th will be the remaining over 85’s and mostly over 80’s.
  • Friday January 22nd we will be starting the large 75 to 80 group.

Just as soon as we have the AZ vaccine we will be vaccinating the vulnerable house bound in age descending order.

Keep checking here regularly for updates & in case anything changes (for example the vaccine delivery does not turn up).

Keep looking after yourselves & each other, we will get through this.

Oxfordshire Covid Cases Rise

News – Oxfordshire Covid Cases Rise

Oxfordshire cases rise by 50 per cent as people are urged to avoid gifting COVID-19 this Christmas

People in Oxfordshire are being urged to continue to abide by the rules before and during the festive season to avoid giving their loved ones COVID-19 this Christmas.

The Government has confirmed that Oxfordshire will remain at the tier 2 ‘high’ alert level for the next two weeks as part of the national system of restrictions in place to combat the virus. The next review of the tier system is expected to take place on 30 December. 

Ansaf Azhar, Oxfordshire County Council’s Director for Public Health, said: “Christmas is now close. It is a time for enjoyment, but we need to adapt so that we can enjoy ourselves without giving COVID-19 the chance to join the party. We have seen that this virus thrives on human contact – the rules exist to stop it spreading.

“Tier 2 status reflects our current situation locally, but in the past 7 days alone cases have increased by almost 50 per cent in Oxfordshire. So we’re far from out of the woods and we could easily find ourselves in tier 3 in the new year unless we take care now. We have seen that our neighbours in Buckinghamshire and Berkshire have been moved to tier 3. That is a clear warning. COVID-19 will not be taking a break for Christmas.

“Clearly different rules apply between December 23 and 27, when up to three households can form an exclusive Christmas bubble. However, until then, you must not mix indoors with other households unless they’re part of your support bubble. This means you can’t go out for a meal with friends or invite people over for Christmas drinks. 

“Unless we all take personal responsibility as individuals and families throughout the coming weeks, we risk creating a situation in January that will see steeply rising numbers of cases at exactly the time of year when viruses thrive. This means putting even more pressure on our NHS at its busiest time of year. We need to protect ourselves and the NHS as we enter 2021.

“The vaccine continues to be a source of good news and we have seen people in Oxfordshire begin the process of being vaccinated. However, it will be some way into the new year before this begins to provide protection to larger numbers of the population and make a material difference to the overall situation.

“We therefore all need to be extra vigilant in the run-up to Christmas and to think carefully about our plans over the festive period. It is up to all of us to stop the spread.” 

Oxfordshire’s COVID statistics

The most recent figures for Oxfordshire (week ending December 11) saw the number of cases at 862 compared with 579 in the previous week. This is 124.6 cases per 100,000 compared to 83.7 per 100,000 for the week ending December 4.

What does tier 2 mean?

  • There should be no mixing of households indoors apart from support bubbles. The rule of six applies outdoors.
  • Pubs and bars must close unless operating as restaurants. Hospitality venues can only serve alcohol with substantial meals. Venues must stop taking orders at 10pm and must close by 11pm.
  • People should reduce the number of journeys they make and walk or cycle if possible.
  • Everyone who can work from home should do so

Further information is available at

Free parking at Oxford’s park and rides during Christmas period

Shoppers and people planning to support hospitality businesses in the run-up to Christmas are being encouraged to do so safely and avoid the busiest times.

Oxfordshire County Council and Oxford City Council are providing free parking at Oxford’s five park and ride sites from Saturday 5 December until Sunday 27 December, to support businesses and help reduce congestion. The councils are also asking people who plan to use the service to travel outside peak times if possible.

Councillor Liam Walker, Oxfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways Delivery and Operations, said: “I’m really pleased we’ve been able to work closely with Oxford City Council to reintroduce free parking at our park and ride sites. Having this in place proved really popular in August to support the Eat Out To Help Out scheme and it makes sense for us to do the same now to support jobs and local businesses across Oxford during a busy period ahead of Christmas.

“We are keen to play our part in helping to reduce congestion in the city centre during peak times and we have recently been working closely with the Westgate Centre to help achieve this and we will be putting measures in place, which will now be complemented with free parking at the park and ride sites.

“Ultimately, we want everyone to be able to travel around safely, enjoy their visiting experience, and reduce the congestion on our roads and this is a great way to help achieve this. We urge all those planning to visit Oxford over the next few weeks to take advantage of this festive gift from both councils.”

Oxfordshire will be in the high alert level (tier 2) from Wednesday 2 December, when lockdown ends. The government has updated its safe travel advice, including for those walking, cycling, and travelling in vehicles or on public transport. You can read the latest advice online.


Oxford Bus Company, which operates services from the five park and ride sites – Pear Tree, Redbridge, Seacourt, Thornhill and Oxford Parkwa­y – is supporting the initiative by running a ‘£4.80 per car maximum charge’ promotion. This will mean that any more than two adults in the same car will get their bus journey for free. Children will go for free too.


By making parking free all week at all five sites, Oxford City Council and Oxfordshire County Council also aim to reduce peak-time congestion on routes into the city and around city centre car parks.


Councillor Tom Hayes, Oxford City Council’s Cabinet Member for Green Transport and Zero Carbon Oxford, said: “With Oxford now entering tier 2 restrictions, we are encouraging people who plan to shop here or support our hospitality businesses to think carefully about the best times to do so. Oxford City Council and Oxfordshire County Council, working together, have made parking at our five park and ride sites free from 5 to 27 December inclusive to help people to do that.


“We know people are determined to get behind our local businesses at this incredibly difficult time, and this initiative is a way they can get into the city centre easily, safely, and sustainably by bus or by walking or cycling. Free park and ride parking will also help to unblock Oxford’s congested roads at what are proving to be the busiest times.”


Park and ride sites are also a good stopping off place to cycle or walk into Oxford. Visitors can get on a bus and head into the city centre, or visit Summertown, Jericho, Headington, Cowley Road, or other nearby shops and hospitality venues.