Help us shape the future of Primary Care 01/12/2023
Patients in Bucks, Oxon and W Berks have been invited to have their say on the future of primary care (GP surgeries, dentists, opticians and pharmacists) for a new local strategy being written.
You can give your views by clicking HERE.
Hospital Transport for Patients 16/11/2023
The hospital transport service has introduced a new booking system.
Please note that GP surgeries are now no longer able to arrange ambulance transport to hospital appointments for patients.
If you require transport to get to your hospital appointment you should call
0300 123 3235
Alternatively, you can do this online at
Click HERE for more information.
Medicine Sick Day Guidance 20/10/2023
Dehydration is due to a loss of fluid from your body. Vomiting, diarrhoea and fever (high temperature, sweats, shaking) can make you dehydrated. If you are sick once or have diarrhoea once, then you are unlikely to become dehydrated. Having two or more episodes of vomiting or diarrhoea or having a prolonged fever can lead to dehydration.
Taking certain medicines when you are dehydrated can result in you developing a more serious illness.
Click HERE for more information.
New Phone System 09/08/2023
Our new phone system is now live.
The main advantage for you is that when you call, you will be told what number you are in the queue, so no more engaged signal (unless there are more than 25 waiting).
Rather than having to hold for a long time or calling back, you will be able to press 1 on your phone (after the message) and the system will call you back when you get near to the front of the queue - you will not lose your place in the queue.
Our Diversified Services
There have been a number of changes to the Water Meadow team and the NHS has been under intense pressure over recent months.
However, we remain committed to providing the best care for you to manage long term health problems whilst having access to health services when you want it. To this end we have made changes to our appointment system but also diversified our team to give you more choices.
We would like to introduce the newer members our team and how they can help you. You can book an appointment with them directly through reception.
Toni works Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and provides face to face appointments for infections and minor illnesses and also does home visits to housebound patients. She previously worked in a busy Oxfordshire practice and as a paramedic for the South-Central Ambulance Service.
Tahir, who works remotely on Monday, Tuesday and Friday provides medication reviews, advice on medication and possible side effects, reviews of certain medicines such as blood thinners. He also can review and advise on home blood pressure readings. He has a wealth of experience and can advise you on your medicines.
First Contact Practitioner:
Gina works on Thursday and Friday and provides assessment and advice on musculoskeletal problems such as back pain and joint pains. She can also refer on for investigations if it is appropriate. She cannot assess an acute injury that may need an X-ray the same day; you should attend A&E.
Our experienced nursing team will assess and work with the doctors to manage long term medical problems such as diabetes, heart problems, asthma and COPD so please book your review if you have been invited or think it is due.
Fear of Flying
We will no longer be providing Diazepam or similar drugs for flight anxiety.
People often request the doctor to prescribe diazepam for fear of flying or assist with sleep during flights.
There are several very good reasons why prescribing this drug is not recommended:
- Prescribing guidelines that doctors follow don’t recommend using benzodiazepines like diazepam in phobias. We would be acting against these guidelines if we prescribe. They are only licensed for short term use for a crisis in generalised anxiety disorder. If this is the case, you should be getting proper care and support for your mental health and not going on a flight.
- Diazepam is a sedative, which means it makes you sleepy, more relaxed and can significantly delay your reaction times. If there is an emergency during the flight it may impair your ability to concentrate, follow instructions and react to the situation.
- Sedative drugs can make you fall asleep, however when you do sleep it is an unnatural (non-REM) sleep. This means you won’t move around as much as during natural sleep. There is concern this can cause you to be at increased risk of developing a blood clot (DVT) in the leg or even the lung which can be dangerous. This risk is greater if your flight is greater than four hours.
- Whilst most people find sedative medications like diazepam have a relaxing effect, a small number of people can actually feel more agitated or even aggressive after taking it. Diazepam can also cause disinhibition and lead you to behave in a way that you would not normally.
- Diazepam and similar drugs are illegal in a number of countries. They may be confiscated, or you may find yourself in trouble with the police if you are carrying any on arrival.
- Diazepam stays in your system for quite a while. If your job requires you to submit to random drug testing, you may fail this having taken diazepam.
We appreciate that fear of flying is very real and very frightening.
A lower risk approach is to tackle this properly and hopefully permanently, with a Fear of Flying course run by the airlines and we have listed a number of these below or there are also some free online courses:
Patients who still wish to take benzodiazepines for flight anxiety are advised to consult with a private GP or travel clinic.
Changes to Appointment System: Update 04/04/2023
- The temporary change to our appointment system has ended
- It achieved what it was designed to i.e., help us cope with an extra busy winter period
- We know it wasn't perfect - no system is, and we know it upset some, but it benefited many more - no system is perfect
- We are returning temporarily to our more traditional system which is
- the first hour of appointments can be pre-booked
- the second hour is for on-the-day appointments
- the third hour are for 'clinically urgent' matters
- When they are gone and you may have to wait up to 3 weeks for the next routine appointment
- A similar shorter schedule will run for the afternoon
- We know that there will be some who will not happy with this revised system - it seems that whatever we do, there will always be some who are not happy, but we are doing our best
We no longer provide a full range of travel vaccinations. The following vaccinations are available:
For all other vaccinations you may need, we recommend that you contact a private provider.