Mask wearing at Hollow Way Medical Centre
We would like to remind all patients and visitors to Hollow Way Medical Centre that wearing a mask will remain compulsory when visiting the surgery from Monday 19th July 2021. Children under the age of 11 are exempt from wearing a face covering, although they are welcome to do so.
This is to protect vulnerable patients and our staff.
Please also be mindful of social distancing in our reception area and waiting rooms: please arrive on time for your appointment, but not too early, and be prepared to wait outside if there is a queue for the receptionist.
Thank you for your co-operation.
The Partners, Hollow Way Medical Centre
The COVID-19 Vaccination Programme in Oxfordshire
The COVID-19 vaccination programme is open to anyone aged 18 and over. There are currently two vaccines 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
On-line information session about Diabetes and Pre-diabetes
Dr Helen Roskell, Lifestyle GP at Hollow Way is hosting her first on-line information session about Diabetes and Pre-diabetes: what it is and how lifestyle interventions can dodge, halt or turn these conditions around without the need for lifelong medication. Weight loss is often a happy consequence too.
General Practice Data for Planning and Research Service
Hollow Way Medical Centre, like all GP Practices, is legally required to share data with NHS Digital. This is mandated by the Secretary of State for Health and there is a legal basis for us to do so.
For information about this data collection, please visit the following NHS Digital website:
This is regularly updated by NHS Digital and contains comprehensive information including;
- What data is shared and why
- The legal basis
- Registering Opt-Outs
Another useful NHS Digital resource for patients is:
The start date for this process is 1st September 2021. If you wish to opt-out of the NHS Digital data collection (a "Type 1 Opt-Out"), please complete this form and either email it to firstname.lastname@example.org or drop it in to the practice by Monday 23rd August 2021. If you cannot download or print a form at home, you can telephone NHS Digital on 0300 303 5678 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm) or email email@example.com at any time.
If you would like to provide feedback about the data collection then you may use one of the following links:
Provision of certificates or evidence of your COVID vaccination status
Patients who require a certificate of COVID vaccination status can use the NHS App or call the NHS Helpline. Details of both services are below.
Proof of your vaccination status is available in the NHS App, which is also valuable for accessing your health record and ordering repeat prescriptions, and in some of the other apps that provide you with Patient online services.
The NHS App can be downloaded from:
If you have not used it before, there is a self-registration process within the app to create an "NHS login" as per https://www.nhs.uk/nhs-services/online-services/nhs-log-in/
If you already have access/login details for patient online services, such as Patient Access, you may use this.
Alternatively, you can call the NHS helpline on 119 and ask for a letter to be posted to you. This must be at least 5 days after you’ve completed your course of the vaccine. The letter may to take another 5 days to reach you, or longer if postal services are affected. Please take account of this when making your plans.