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Overseas vaccination service

A new service is available for Buckinghamshire residents to help anyone who may have got a COVID-19 vaccination dose overseas ensure their health records are kept correctly up to date.

If you had a dose in another country, this information may not currently be logged on your NHS records. However, this new service will allow you to book an appointment to show evidence for any COVID-19 vaccinations you may have had outside of England.

The NHS can then securely update your vaccination record and ensure your information is correct. People using this service can also be offered a suitable vaccination on-site if they are due to have one.

This service is operated locally by Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, which runs several of the large-scale vaccination sites in the region, including The Guttmann Centre at Stoke Mandeville Stadium. It is available to anyone aged 16 and over with an NHS number, and who has received one of the following vaccines outside of England:

  • Oxford/AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria)
  • Pfizer/BioNTech (Comirnaty)
  • Johnson & Johnson (Janssen)
  • Moderna (Spikevax)
  • Institute of India (Covishield)
  • Bharat Biotech (Covaxin)
  • SinoVac (CoronaVac)
  • Beijing Institute of Biological Products (Sinopharm BIBP)

You can book an appointment, and get more details, by clicking here.

Please be aware: someone else can book on another’s behalf, but the patient must attend the appointment with the relevant form of identification and evidence of any vaccination doses they have received.

Joanna Crawley, Oxford Health’s Mass Vaccination Centres Senior Clinical Lead, said: “This is a really useful service that will help any residents in Buckinghamshire be confident that their vaccination record is up to date and that NHS staff will have all the correct information at hand for any future treatment. It is simple to use, so please do arrange an appointment if you have had any of your vaccine doses overseas.

“And if you still have not had your booster vaccination, or your first or second dose, you can still arrange one by using the National Booking Service, or attending our walk-in mass vaccination site at the Guttmann Centre in Stoke Mandeville.”

For information about who is now eligible to receive a COVID-19 booster or vaccination, please click here.

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If you live with a serious mental illness, get a physical health check with your GP

Staying healthy and well is important to us all, but it can be especially challenging for people who may be living with a serious mental illness, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or any psychotic illness.

They may be at greater risk of serious physical health conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes or strokes. These can have a huge impact on quality of life and may even shorten it, particularly if they are not picked up in good time.

But the good news is, it is easy for people living with serious mental illness to arrange an annual physical health check with their GP Practice. These checks can help people stay healthy and identify early warning signs of any developing health concerns. Earlier treatment can then be offered. By staying physically healthy, this can also have a positive effect on our general mental health. The physical health check will measure height, weight, blood pressure and checks for diabetes or high cholesterol.

Arranging a health check is simple – just contact your GP practice for more information and advice. If you are anxious about seeing a doctor or nurse, please let your GP practice know when you arrange the appointment so they can support you with your concerns.

And if you care for someone – a loved one or family member – who lives with serious mental illness, please encourage them to arrange a health check too.

Dr Sian Roberts, Clinical Director for Mental Health and Learning Disabilities for NHS Buckinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group said: “People who live with a serious mental illness can sometimes overlook their own physical health and poor physical health may result in a shorter life expectancy. The good news is that physical illness can often be prevented once early signs are detected.  Please contact your GP practice to arrange an annual physical health check to ensure that problems are treated early. “

Buckinghamshire Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, Angela Macpherson, said: “If you live with a serious mental illness and are eligible for an annual physical health check, please do arrange one – and if a loved one or someone you care for is in that position, please encourage them to contact their GP practice. None of us should take our health for granted and the sooner a professional can identify any health concerns you may have, the sooner you can get the support you need.”

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Development of the Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire & Berkshire West Integrated Care System (BOB ICS)

As part of our ongoing commitment to engage with our key stakeholders throughout the period of ICS transition, we have developed a public-facing engagement website. The site is an opportunity for the public to submit ideas and comment on key draft documents, such as our developing constitution and engagement strategy. It also contains a range of information relating to the evolving ICS, including key papers and submissions in a single, easy-access digital library.

We are also in the process of reviewing and updating the BOB ICS website – it is hoped this will be complete by the end of March 2022.