Talking Health Newsletter - April 2022

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News Update

Spring Booster COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign

People aged 75 and over and those who are immunosuppressed are urged to get their jab to help protect them from the virus.

Spring boosters started in March, and so far around 23,000 eligible people across the county have had their fourth jab. The NHS in Oxfordshire is encouraging more people to come forward when they receive their invitation.

You can book a booster via the national booking service online or call 119 free to get your jab at various sites across Oxfordshire, including GP-led sites, community pharmacies and the large vaccination centre at the Kassam Stadium in Oxford.

COVID jabs for people aged 12 and over: It’s not too late for people to book their 1st or 2nd doses and booster jabs in Oxfordshire without an appointment – for more details and to find a clinic near you see here You can also book your COVID jab via the national system (vaccines for 5-11 year olds - see item below)

COVID Vaccinations for 5-11 year olds

All children aged 5-11 are now able to get a vaccination against COVID-19.

The Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation has advised that 5-11 year olds are offered paediatric (child) doses of the vaccine, which has been approved by the UK’s medicines regulator, to boost immunity and increase their protection against any future waves of COVID-19. 

Children aged 5-11 with no other underlying health conditions will be offered two paediatric doses of the vaccine, at least 12 weeks apart. To view the local vaccination centres providing the vaccine and for further information see here

Choose Well Over the Bank Holiday Weekend

There are a range of local health services available over the May bank holiday weekend. Please choose well.

  • NHS 111: if you need clinical advice but are not in a life-threatening emergency contact NHS 111 online or call free.
  • Pharmacies: offer advice about minor illnesses and conditions, and how to manage your medicines.
  • To view Oxfordshire pharmacy opening times over the bank holiday weekend go to Pharmacy (
  • Minor Injuries Unit/First Aid Unit: If you need prompt advice or treatment for minor injuries, a Minor Injuries Unit (MIU) or Bicester First Aid Unit could help you – for details on their locations in Oxfordshire and opening hours see here
  • GP practices: are closed over the bank holiday but NHS 111 can put you in touch with a doctor or other health professional if you need one.
  • Emergency Departments and 999 are for life threatening emergencies. If you come to an emergency department (A&E) for other conditions you may face a very long wait as priority is given to patients with the most urgent clinical need.

New Palliative Care Project to Improve End of Life Care for Patients

A new project is set to enhance the quality of care for patients with life-limiting conditions in Oxfordshire and South Northamptonshire.

The project will enable more people to receive personalised care, including being cared for in their own homes at the end of their life, provided that is their preference.

To read more about this unique partnership between Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (OUH), Sobell House Hospice Charity, Macmillan Cancer Support, and Social Finance see here

Partnership Information

Finding Ways to Talk About Death

Hospice UK is hosting an online event as part of Dying Matters Awareness Week (2- 6 May). You are welcome to take part in the panel discussion on Tuesday 3 May (4.30pm-5.30pm) to understand how the arts, creativity and a community-led approach can help to break down barriers and create a more inclusive conversation about death and dying, so that everyone can die #InAGoodPlace.

For further information and to register for the discussion please visit the Hospice UK website  

Obtaining Prescriptions from a Pharmacy

Healthwatch Oxfordshire wants to hear about your recent experience of getting prescriptions from your pharmacy. Have you had problems or delays getting your prescriptions, or has it been easy?

Your feedback will help shape the support people need and to improve services. Please share your experiences by completing a short, anonymous survey by 15 May 2022.  


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