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: https://www.thecharlburymedicalcentre.nhs.uk/news.aspx?p=K84610

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 CMC@nhs.net 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.

Winter support rolled out for struggling families and individuals in Oxfordshire

Families and individuals struggling with finances or needing help because of COVID-19 this winter can now access support provided by Oxfordshire County Council, Oxford City Council, district councils and voluntary and community organisations.

Oxfordshire councils have received £1.37 million from the government’s new COVID-19 Winter Grant Schemeto run local support schemes for those in greatest need.

They are working closely together to identify residents requiring urgent assistance within the rules of the scheme and the most effective ways of delivering support. This includes working with local Citizens Advice services to continue and expand support already put in place during the autumn.

Ian Hudspeth, Leader of Oxfordshire County Council, said: “This Christmas will be different and difficult for every one of us, but I am determined that no resident will go without essentials. Families who are struggling because of the impact of COVID-19 will receive essential support to get them through the winter.

“Our schemes are aimed at supporting families with children, with most of the money to be spent on this group. Other households struggling directly or indirectly due to the impact of COVID-19 will also be assisted with the costs of food and other essential items.

“We know that ‘holiday hunger’ remains a serious concern for many families and we are determined to do everything we can to alleviate those worries.”

Support will also available through food banks and other community food services.

The first element of the scheme has been dispatched over the last week. More than £400,000 worth of support for food and other essential supplies was distributed to the families of children and young people entitled to free school meals, and younger children with qualifying eligibility in early years settings.

Schools, colleges and early years settings have worked closely with the councils to distribute this support in advance of the Christmas holidays.

For anyone needing support this winter, Good Food Oxford’s food map provides practical information to help find and access information about services such as foodbanks, community kitchens and food surplus cafes. It covers the whole of Oxfordshire.

This easy to use map helps users search for services that are closest to them. Support is available to anyone who needs it, offering anything from a cooked meal, to food parcels that can be taken away for another time.

Fiona Steel, from Good Food Oxford, said: “Food insecurity is a real challenge this winter. Ensuring that every child in need has additional support over the Christmas holidays will make things just that little bit easier at a time when things are tough for so many.”

The city and each of the district councils also have information on their websites about additional local support services:

 

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 www.gov.uk/guidance/local-restriction-tiers-what-you-need-to-know

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.

 

Renault F1 – Fatal Four – Road Safety Week Initiative

THE-FATAL-FOUR  (Click for full pdf)

Renault F1 are taking part in the National BRAKE Road Safety Week (16 to 22 November 2020). During this week we are raising awareness of Road Safety and THE FATAL FOUR.

According to the World Health Organisation, injuries from road traffic accidents are the leading cause of death among people aged between 15 and 29 years.

What is The Fatal Four? The Fatal Four are the four biggest dangers whilst driving.

  1. Inappropriate Speed. Even the difference of a few miles per hour can mean the difference between life and death. The speed limit is not a target, you should drive at a speed that suits the conditions and the type of road. 
  2. Using a mobile phone. It can take just a moment’s distraction by a call or text to cause a crash. You can get 6 points added to your licence and a £200 fine if you use a hand-held phone when driving. You’ll also lose your licence if you passed your driving test in the last 2 years. The law still applies to you if you’re stopped at traffic lights or queuing in traffic.  You can even be prosecuted for using a hands-free device if you’re not in proper control of your car.
  1. Not wearing a seatbelt. You’re twice as likely to die in a crash, if you don’t wear a seatbelt. You can be fined up to £500. It’s so easy to avoid this danger – don’t forget to put on your seatbelt before you take off. Wearing your seatbelt correctly can help save lives.
  1. Drink/drug driving. When you drink, it takes longer for your brain to receive messages from your eye, and processing information becomes more difficult. This can impact your driving. It’s better to be safe than sorry, so you should avoid drinking and drugs entirely if you know you have to drive.

Renault F1 are working with the local Parish Councils, Thames Valley Police Road Safety Unit, the Fire Service and our sponsors to educate and promote safer drivers here at Enstone.  Thames Valley police have been delivering a Fatal Four training session onsite for staff. A minority of staff have already attended this, and we aim to have all Renault F1 staff attend the training by the end of 2021.

What all Renault F1 staff need to do?  

1)  You need to follow the highway code at all times. 

2)  Don’t allow yourself to be a victim of the Fatal Four.

3)  Respect the local villages around Renault F1.

4)  Remember you are representing Renault F1 when driving to and from work in work kit.

Lockdown-2 – Oxfordshire Must Play its Part

Oxfordshire must play its part to control the virus and save lives

Help will be available to those who needs it this winter as the Oxfordshire community comes together to do its bit to control the virus and save lives. 

That’s the message from local leaders who are urging residents and businesses to carefully follow the new lockdown guidelines from the government this week. 

It’s clear that the second lockdown will be tough on residents and businesses across the county, which is why it’s so important to make sure it is effective. Oxfordshire’s council leaders, the Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner and the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership have come together to say that the everyone must play their part to help control the spread of the virus once again to save lives.

That means staying at home and not gathering with people you do not live with. The full guidance is on the government’s website. 

Even under normal circumstances, winter puts a significant strain on the resources of Oxfordshire’s NHS and other health services, and the escalating cases of COVID-19 across the whole country are already adding an even bigger burden, putting more lives at risk. Staying home and following the guidelines is the only way to help save lives.

This brings additional challenges, and over the course of the first lockdown, communities across the county came together in an incredible show of support to make sure everyone in their neighbourhoods got the help and support they needed.

The six Oxfordshire authorities will once again be working together and closely with their local communities to ensure anybody in need of help getting their basic supplies is connected with people who are able to help them. 

Information on the support available for residents can be found on the councils’ websites:

In addition to the support provided to businesses by the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership www.oxfordshirelep.com/coronavirus, the councils also provide a vital support service to give advice and guidance to businesses worried about the impact the second lockdown will have. 

Councillor Ian Hudspeth, Leader of Oxfordshire County Council, said: “It is well documented that we have been concerned about the rise in the number of cases in Oxfordshire. I welcome any move that will help to stem the spread of the virus and protect our communities. I urge people to stick to the rules and hopefully in time we will see a positive impact on the number of cases both locally and nationally.” 

Councillor Michele Mead, Leader of West Oxfordshire District Council, said: “We have a fantastic sense of community in West Oxfordshire and I know we will all pull together once more to help each other over the next few weeks.

“It promises to be a difficult time, but it is important we stick by the government guidelines and try to stay as safe as possible. We will get through it hopefully in time to enjoy a proper family Christmas.”

Councillor Emily Smith, Leader of the Vale of White Horse District Council, said: “We’ve shown before that we can work together to help each other through a difficult time, and that is going to be needed more than ever as we go into winter. We’re here to do everything we can for our most vulnerable residents and our businesses.

“Please follow the guidelines, keep yourself safe, keep your families safe and help us get this virus under control.”

Councillor Sue Cooper, Leader of South Oxfordshire District Council, said: “We already have an incredible support network in place to provide the support people need in the coming weeks. Please do everything you can to follow the guidelines and help save lives. If you’re a resident in need, or a business worried about what’s to come, get in touch and we’ll do what we can to help.”

Councillor Susan Brown, Leader of Oxford City Council, said: “Whilst nobody wants a countrywide lockdown, we hope that it can stop the spread and protect the NHS both locally and nationally. In Oxford we will continue to do what we can to support the many businesses that will be impacted, many of which were just getting back on their feet. Working with the city’s fantastic volunteer networks, we will also provide additional support for vulnerable households where that is needed. Over this next month it’s really important that we all obey the rules, to protect ourselves, our families, our friends and our colleagues and I’d like to thank everyone for doing their best to keep us all safe.”

Councillor Barry Wood, leader of Cherwell District Council, said: “Stopping the spread of coronavirus has to be everyone’s top priority at this point in time. It is essential that everyone follows these new restrictions from 5 November so that come December the rate of transmission has dropped.

“As local leaders we are acutely aware of the sacrifices our residents and businesses will be making in the coming weeks. I assure them that Cherwell District Council will continue to prioritise its essential services and support its communities through this challenging period.”

The Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner, Matthew Barber, said: “The announcement of a further national lockdown by the Prime Minister will come as a huge blow to us all. We all have an unenviable task of managing the economic, social and health consequences for us all against the apparently exponential spread of the virus. Many people will be uncomfortable with these further restrictions, that come after so many extraordinary months that have changed our lives. Thames Valley Police will continue to enforce these unprecedented restrictions in the same common-sense fashion that they have demonstrated in recent months. The approach will be to engage with the public, explain the new rules, encourage people to protect each other by following these new laws and to enforce only as a last resort. This is not the “new normal”, but exceptional measures that must be taken to allow us to return to normality.”

Nigel Tipple, Chief Executive of OxLEP, said: “Following the Government’s decision to return the whole of England into lockdown – as has been the case in recent weeks and months – we will continue to work with Oxfordshire’s health officials, our local authority counterparts, the county’s MPs and our business community to ensure the additional support that our businesses will undoubtedly require during this period is in place and made readily available. 

“We ask that businesses follow the new guidelines and adhere to any actions required, including those industries permitted to remain active during this lockdown period. 

“We also encourage businesses to be as proactive as possible and seek any support that is needed, whether via existing government schemes or indeed the support and advice we are able to offer as the county’s Local Enterprise Partnership. We would also ask that businesses seek to understand – and be aware of – any future support announced by Government. 

“Coronavirus has created an unprecedented situation and will cause concern and disruption to businesses of all sizes for the foreseeable future. We will continue to work hard to ensure that our business community can be supported – and remain resilient – during this challenging period.”