Welcome to Sibford Surgery
Our small, friendly practice was first established in the village of Sibford Gower more than 100 years ago. We have two doctors and a full complement of ancillary staff working from the surgery. There are facilities for the disabled, and a dispensary to supply medicines to most of our patients.
This website has been produced to welcome you to the practice and is designed for the benefit of present and prospective patients, to inform you of the services which we provide and how you may make the best use of them.
Please help us to offer you the best possible service by reading the information.
It is with regret that we announce that David Spackman is retiring from the partnership at Sibford Surgery. David joined the practice 34 years ago, initially working alongside Dr Agnew and Dr Heath and for the last 20 years with Dr Haskew.
David will be greatly missed. However he is not hanging up his stethoscope completely and will continue to work at the practice on a Wednesday for the forthcoming months. We will make a further announcement before he finishes completely.
Dr Barney Fontaine will be joining the practice team from the 1st of February. Barney completed his specialist training in General Practice in the South West, worked overseas and recently has been working in London.
We look forward to welcoming him to the practice.
Important Patient Notices
Please be aware that we have recently acquired the ability to text our patients, therefore you may receive a text from us in the future for varying reasons. Please do not discard these texts as spam.
Please be aware that we can no longer organise your covid vaccination. In order to book yourself in, please do so online or by contacting 119.
⚠️Spring Covid-19 Boosters⚠️
🦠 Some patients will be eligible for a 'Spring booster' Covid-19 vaccination. To find out if you are, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-vaccination-spring-booster-resources/a-guide-to-the-spring-booster-for-those-aged-75-years-and-older-residents-in-care-homes
⏰ The boosters can be given from 6 months after your last vaccination.
📱Sibford Surgery will be offering these vaccinations from our vaccine hub in Chipping Norton Health Centre. When you become eligible, we will be sending out texts or phoning you to arrange your appointment. We will be starting with the older age groups first.
These clinics will be held on Wed/Thursday evenings between 6pm-9pm most weeks and we will also be offering a clinic once a month on Saturday between 8.30am -1pm when required.
☎️ Please refrain from contacting the surgery about these vaccines in the meantime so that we can focus on the other services we provide.
🩺 Thank you for your cooperation.
A supplier to the NHS has advised us of a global shortage of some equipment used for taking blood tests. Anyone who needs a test for urgent health problems, will still get one but where your clinician recommends that it’s safe to do so, then you may be asked to come back for a test at a later date, or your appointment may be rescheduled. Given the nature of the shortage, we cannot give an exact date for when the test will be rescheduled, but please be assured that if your condition or symptoms require it, then you will get a test, and we will be re-booking your test when supplies become more easily available. If your condition or symptoms change or get worse, please contact the NHS as you would normally.
Regardless of the easing of restrictions commencing on the 19th of July, Sibford surgery will continue to uphold the following in order to ensure that patients and staff are protected from the virus as much as possible:
Patients are still required to wear facemasks when entering the building for any reason, unless a valid exemption applies.
Physical distancing of 2 metres remains in place as standard practice in all health and care settings, unless providing clinical or personal care and wearing appropriate PPE.
PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU INFORM RECEPTION WHEN PHONING THE SURGERY IF YOU HAVE ANY SYMPTOMS ASSOCIATED WITH CORONAVIRUS. PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND THE SURGERY IF YOU HAVE ANY SUCH SYMPTOMS.
Thank you for your continued understanding and cooperation.
The COVID-19 vaccination programme is open to anyone aged 18 and over. There are currently two vaccines being used locally in Oxfordshire:
The vaccines are allocated nationally and local centres do not have any influence over which they receive. You cannot choose which vaccine you have. When you book, you'll only be offered appointments for vaccines that are suitable for you.
Most people can have any of the COVID-19 vaccines, but some people are only offered certain vaccines. For example, if you're pregnant or under 40 you'll usually only be offered appointments for the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccines.
You should have the same vaccine for both doses, unless you had serious side effects (such as a serious allergic reaction) after your 1st dose. These are very rare reactions and if affected, you will be informed by your GP or hospital clinician, that a different vaccine is necessary for your second dose.
Minor side effects after having any of the vaccinations are common and not a cause for concern. These are usually mild and should not last longer than a week, such as:
• a sore arm from the injection
• feeling tired
• a headache
• feeling achy
• feeling or being sick
We have had several patients ask us to be added on to a waiting list for last minute/unused covid vaccinations, please be advised that we have no access to any such list. Please do not contact the surgery about this.
Regarding certificates or evidence about your COVID vaccination status.
We are unable to issue this certificate at the practice.
Please see https://www.gov.uk/guidance/demonstrating-your-covid-19-vaccination-status-when-travelling-abroad for further information.
Proof of your vaccination status will be available in the NHS app from 17th May 2021, and in some of the other apps that provide you with Patient online services.
The NHSapp can be downloaded from:
https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/nhs-app/id1388411277 for iPhone/iOS
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nhs.online.nhsonline for Android.
If you have not used it before, there is a self-registration process within the app to create an "NHS login" as per https://www.nhs.uk/nhs-services/online-services/nhs-log-in/
If you already have access/ login details for patient online services, for example "Patient Access", you may use this.
Alternatively, you can call the NHS helpline on 119 (from 17 May) and ask for a letter to be posted to you. This must be at least 5 days after you’ve completed your course of the vaccine. The letter may to take another 5 days to reach you, or more if postal services are affected. Please take account of this when making your plans.
If you do not want covid vaccination please also let us know as this will save us time trying to contact you.
You will be called for your second vaccination by text message 11 weeks after the first. If you have not been contacted by 12 weeks then please ring reception.
Please ensure we have your current mobile number on your medical record as otherwise this could delay your invitation.
Greenbook Chapter 14
Covid Vaccination Clinics Important Information
Health Questionnaire - V3
Where to turn to for advice?
There are a number of places to turn to for information to help you choose the best health service for your needs.
(Site updated 21/03/2022)