- We are fully open but social distancing means we have to operate in a different way to before the pandemic.
- In general we have a ‘phone first’ service for GP appointments. Doctor appointments are initially by telephone and bookable by calling our reception on 01235 522379.
- Whenever possible we deal fully with the issue over the phone, or by video. If a face to face appointment is necessary after a phone call the doctor will arrange it directly with you at the time of the phone call.
- Unfortunately we cannot offer as many face to face appointments as we did before the pandemic because social distancing requirements mean a reduced number of people can be in our waiting rooms at any one time. Face to face nurse appointments can be booked directly through phoning reception e.g. for smears, blood tests and routine immunisations.
- We also offer an online ‘e-consult’ for routine matters. Please fill in our website form which will then be reviewed by of our team who will follow up as appropriate.
- We always have on the day availability for urgent matters.
- Unfortunately, the combined effects of significantly increased demand for routine matters as the pandemic recedes, the need to accommodate social distancing, our involvement in the covid-19 vaccination programme and a very large number of queries relating to the covid vaccinations, means our wait for routine appointments is longer than usual. We are very sorry about this and our doing all we can to try and improve the situation. If possible please consider if you can manage your problem with help from other sources such as 111, the NHS website (which has comprehensive health and self-care information), local pharmacies, opticians and sexual health clinics.
- To give an idea of how busy the surgery is, on average we have 219 appointments per day and receive on average 365 calls per day.
- In common with many practices we have sadly noticed there has been an increase in unacceptable behaviour towards our receptionists. We are very grateful to the vast majority of our patients who treat them with respect and courtesy, and we kindly ask that everyone keeps in mind that they are doing their best to help you in very difficult circumstances. You may be interested in this video produced by the Institute of Practice Managers with examples of the abuse GP surgery receptionists face on a daily basis.
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. Blood tests - NHS (www.nhs.uk).
Welcome to Long Furlong Medical Centre
The Practice provides complete general medical services for residents and their visitors living within the boundaries defined by the map available by following the link to Practice Area.
The surgery is a modern medical centre conveniently situated in the Long Furlong housing estate in Abingdon. It has its own car park with a disabled parking bay and ramps to the main entrance. If the car park is full please park considerately and safely along Boulter Drive or in the public car park at the end of the road which is just a 2 minute walk from the surgery. Buses regularly travel along Oxford Road, there is a short walk from the last stop in Abingdon to the surgery.
Covid-19 Vaccination Programme
The COVID-19 vaccination programme is open to anyone aged 18 and over. There are currently two vaccinations 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