Thame Health CentreEast StreetThame, OX9 3JZTel: 01844 261066
The practice will be closed on Thursday 11 January 2018 from 13:00 for essential training. During this time FOR EMERGENCIES ONLY, please call 01296 850011 before 18:30 or 111 after this time. We will re-open at 08:15 on Friday 12 January 2018. We apologise for any inconvenience.
We welcome new patients residing in our practice area.
In order to register as a patient you simply need to fill in a form and bring it in along with proof of ID. The form can be collected from the desk or can be downloaded from the above "Registering Online" tab. Each family member, including children, requires a completed form. We no longer require NHS cards.
Although someone else can bring the completed application in to the practice, to complete registration each person being registered must be seen by our reception team, and they must also show proof of ID. Identification is also needed for children. This is an NHS requirement.
Please note: We will not register children at the practice unless at least one parent or guardian is also registered with us.
What happens once I've filled in the form?
Once you have handed in your form to register we will process it within 24 hours. After this you are able to use our services. If you are have a long term condition or are on repeat medication we might invite you for an appointment to see one of our team. This can be with a GP or a member of our nursing team. You do not need to have had your new patient health check before you come to see a nurse or GP about a problem.
Please make sure that you include any important illnesses, allergies and medications on your registration form. Depending on where you have been previously registered it is possible that we will receive your recent clinical notes within 24 hours but it can take 8 weeks or more for your old paper notes to be sent through to us.
Will I be registered with a particular GP?
You will be registered with the practice but you WILL be allocated a Usual GP and we will do our best to ensure that you see this GP each time you use our services. We believe that seeing the same GP every time you come in ultimately leads to better care as they will be familiar with your condition and its history. If you have a preference for a particular doctor (e.g. a female GP) you should include this on the registration form. If you need to be seen urgently you may have to see another doctor, depending on availability, but we will try to ensure that your follow up care is with your Usual GP.
We encourage patients with on-going health problems to choose and stay with a 'usual doctor' which allows us to get to know you and your health problems better. However, you can always choose to see another doctor should you wish to do so.
The Royal College of General Practitioners has produced a useful guide for patients about the services on offer at GP Surgeries and how to access them. You can download the guide below.
A Patient Guide to GP Services
We look after patients who live within our practice boundary. This includes residents of Thame, Emmington, Ickford, Kingsey, Long Crendon, Milton Common, Shabbington, Sydenham, Tetsworth, Tiddington, Towersey, Waterstock and Worminghall.
The Rycote Practice welcomes all new patients within its catchment area. In order to register you simply need to print and complete the new patient questionnaire (below) and bring it into the practice along with proof of ID. Please also ensure that you print and complete the text messaging consent form (if required) and also the Summary Care Record and Oxfordshire Care Summary (mandatory) at the bottom of this page.
New Patient Questionnaire
We would also strongly encourage you to complete a text messaging consent form. This will ensure that you get a text message confirming your appointments at the time of booking and a reminder text approximately two days before your appointment. Please bring this with you when you submit your new patient questionnaire.
Text Messaging Consent Form
We also ask you to complete the form below that confirms your preferences with regard to the national Summary Care Record (SCR) and the local Oxfordshire Care Summary (OCS).
The SCR makes your current medications and allergies available for other NHS staff to ensure that your are treated safely. Your details will be automically uploaded unless you opt out. You can also agree with your GP to have additional significant medical information uploaded to your SCR if you wish.
The OCS makes more detailed information including significant diagnoses, test results, vaccinations, appointments, referral letters and discharge summaries available for healthcare staff across Oxfordshire to view to help them care for you appropriately. Again, your details will automatically be uploaded unless you opt out.
The form below allows you to express your preferences for both the SCR and the OCS on the same form. Please submit this form along with your new patient questionnaire. NB - neither of these two schemes should be confused the with the Care Data project. More information on this information sharing intiative can be found here.
Summary Care Record and Oxfordshire Care Summary
Please also take the opportunity to sign up for online access so that you can book appointments, order repeat medications and update your contact details on your PC or mobile.
We appreciate that sometimes our patients might need help to access and understand our services. This section offers some information about the sort of support that is available.
These fact sheets have been written to explain the role of UK health services, the National Health Service (NHS), to newly-arrived individuals seeking asylum. They cover issues such as the role of GPs, their function as gatekeepers to the health services, how to register and how to access emergency services.
Special care has been taken to ensure that information is given in clear language, and the content and style has been tested with user groups. Open the leaflets in one of the following languages
If you need an interpreter when you see the GP or nurse you should inform the receptionist when you book an appointment. If you always require interpreter services, please let us know on your registration form and we will make sure than an alert is added to your record.
Please be aware that we will need several days notice to arrange an interpreter. We would therefore ask that you give us plenty of notice for an appointment. In the event that you need to be seen urgently, before an interpreter can be arranged, we will use internet translation services or the Red Cross Emergency Multilingual Phrasebook.
If you ask a relative to act as your translator, please ensure that you are confident that they will clearly communicate your symptoms to the GP or nurse.
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If you are ill while away from home or if you are not registered with a doctor but need to see one you can receive emergency treatment from the local GP practice for 14 days. After 14 days you will need to register as a temporary or permanent patient.
You can be registered as a temporary patient for up to three months. This will allow you to be on the local practice list and still remain a patient of your permanent GP. After three months you will have to re-register as a temporary patient or permanently register with that practice.
To register as a temporary patient simply contact the local practice you wish to use. Practices do not have to accept you as a temporary patient although they do have an obligation to offer emergency treatment. You cannot register as a temporary patient at a practice in the town or area where you are already registered.
Download the Temporary Resident Registration Form
We do not routinely offer the opportunity for patients to register privately with the practice. The practice is committed to the NHS and providing those patients with the best possible NHS care. However in exceptional circumstances we will consider an application to be treated as a private patient. For example if you have a very prominent public profile and feel that your confidentiality might be compromised in the course of your treatment we will consider an application as a private patient. Please be aware that there are costs associated with each aspect of your care as a private patient.
As an NHS patient there is nothing to prevent you seeking a private referral should you need specialist treatment. You can read more about seeing a private specialist on our referrals page.
We will consider applications from organisations to provide private services for their employees. We would suggest that if you are in need of a private medical arrangement for your employees you contact us. Below are some examples of the services that we might be able to offer your organisation:
Please not that we will endeavour to tailor a service to meet your needs and ensure that you are not competing with NHS patients for access to our services.
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