Layla Moran, Lib Dem MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, has written to her constituents in Kennington to share the good news that Kennington Health Centre reopened to patients on Monday 12th October, saying it’s “a huge relief”.
After hearing from many concerned constituents, Layla facilitated a meeting between the Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (OCCG), Botley Patient Participation Group, Kennington Parish Council and Botley Medical centre, where patients’ issues, including problems with the telephone system, were raised.
Many residents wrote to Layla to tell her how hard it was getting to and from the surgery in Botley for urgent face-to-face appointments and blood tests, and that they were anxious for the winter ahead.
Layla Moran said: “It’s a huge relief that Kennington Health Centre is reopening, and I know this will be really welcome news for local residents. That’s why I’ve written to them this week.
“So many of my constituents were rightly concerned about not having a really local GP service, so I’m glad that we’ve been able to resolve this by working with the OCCG, Botley Medical Centre and others. It’s great to have the local service back. Our community’s thanks goes to all the medical professionals and staff across the area for everything they’re doing.”
Layla's letter in full is below.
Credit Layla Moran MP
The text of the letter is below:
Update on Kennington Health Centre
As a resident of Kennington, I wanted to write to you with welcome news about the Kennington Health Centre.
It is a huge relief that Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (OCCG) and Botley Medical Centre have confirmed that Kennington Health Centre will re-open to patients on Monday 12th October.
This is extremely welcome news, and news that myself, Kennington Parish Council and the Botley Patient Participation Group have been pressing for since it became clear that the pandemic would be with us for much longer timescales than anyone ever imagined.
Many residents have told me how difficult it has been getting to and from the Botley surgery for urgent face to face appointments and blood tests, and their concerns about the winter months ahead.
On behalf of constituents, I facilitated a meeting between Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, Botley Patient Participation Group, Kennington Parish Council and Botley Medical Centre, where patients' issues, including issues with the telephone system, were raised. I am told that these issues are being addressed.
Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group would like to highlight that, in line with other GP surgeries, all appointments will still be following a process of ‘total triage’. This means that all initial contact will still be via the telephone.
Once we have Kennington Health Centre back, I hope that the pressure on the centre at Botley will ease. However, if you feel there are specific issues about your care or any aspect that you would like to talk about please contact either the practice at email@example.com or OCCG patient services 0800 052 6088 or on email firstname.lastname@example.org.
One of the proactive steps that the medical centre is taking to alleviate pressure is to run flu vaccination clinics during October at Kennington Village Hall. Information on these clinics, eligibility and appointments, can be found on the website and on Parish noticeboards. If you are eligible for a free flu vaccination, please contact the practice to book a slot.
Throughout this pandemic, people have shown their appreciation for all the work that our NHS workers do, and our thanks must go to all the healthcare professionals and staff at our medical practices.
To find out more about the services that will be available at Kennington, please visit the website at www.botleymedicalcentre.co.uk .