- Sister Dianne Croft
- Sister Debbie Denton
- Sister Susan Morris
- Laura Gratwohl
- Michelle Foster (Phlebotomy)
- Angela Cooke
- Marie Gerrow
- Annie Webb
- Claire Quick
- Laura Verdon
Dr Neil Bryson MA, BM, BCh, DRCOG, MRCGP (Oxford 1983) (Male)
Neil joined the partnership in 1990. He enjoys being a "generalist", but has a particular interest in diabetes care, asthma & COPD and men's health (urology). Outside of work, he is a keen cyclist with Bicester Millennium Cycle Club and has taken part in several long distance jaunts on two wheels over the years. He works four days a week and his day off is Thursday.
Dr Julie Tranter MA, BM, BCh, DRCOG, MRCGP (Oxford 1985) (Female)
Julie has been working at Islip since 1990. She enjoys all areas of general practice, but has particular expertise in skin problems. She is also able to fit coils and offer a full range of advice in women's health. She is the doctor responsible for training junior doctors within the practice. When not working, she enjoys musical theatre, sometimes on stage, but more recently as a musical director both with Oxford Operatic Society and the Musical Youth Company of Oxford, a teenage musical theatre group. She works four days a week and her day off is Wednesday.
Dr Lisa Ibbs MBChB, MRCP, MRCGP (Bristol 1990) (Female)
Lisa started at the practice in 1998. She covers all aspects of General Practice with expertise in coil fitting and shoulder joint injections. As of April 2012, she has been the patient reference group lead. Prior to General Practice she trained in hospital general medicine. Away from Islip she is kept busy with 2 school-age children. Lisa works half time.
Dr Meenu Paul BSc, MBBS, DRCOG, DCH, MRCGP (London 1996) (Female)
Meenu works part time at the practice and her other roles are within the area prescribing committee for Oxfordshire, an organisation which advises doctors on best practice. In her spare time she enjoys gardening and visiting gardens, and has a small vegetable patch which keeps her busy in the summer! Her other interests include foreign travel and music.
Dr Matthew Elsdon BSc (Hons), MBChB, MRCGP (Sheffield 2000) (Male)
Matthew enjoys all areas of General Practice though has a particular interest in Old Age Psychiatry. Outside work he is a keen photographer. Having trained in the practice and been a salaried GP, he became a partner in 2016 and works 3/4 time.
Dr Victoria Jepson MBCHb (Hons), MRCGP (Liverpool 2008) (Female)
Victoria joined the practice as a salaried GP in April 2016 having trained at Islip as a GP registrar in 2013-2015. She covers all areas of general practice but has a particular interest in elderly medicine and skin problems. In her spare time she enjoys spending time doing outdoor activities with her young son who keeps her busy! She works in the practice on a Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.
Dr Jepson is currently on maternity leave having given birth to a baby girl at the beginning of June. Dr Jepson will be back in the surgery during February 2018. In the interim, Dr Rowan Harrison will be covering all Dr Jepson's sessions.
Dr Michelle Fletcher MBBS (London 2006), MRCGP (Oxford 2011) (Female)
Michelle works part-time at the practice and spends the rest of the week working in Katharine House Hospice near Banbury. She enjoys the variety of general practice but describes her particular areas of interest as palliative care, ENT and Child Health. Outside work she enjoys going to the theatre, travelling and photography. She works at Islip on alternate Monday and Tuesday afternoons and every Wednesday morning.
GPs in training
Our practice is approved to train fully qualified doctors who wish to specialise in general practice. Our GP registrar will have had 2-4 years experience as a qualified hospital doctor working in various specialities. They consult patients on their own, under the mentorship of our trainer, Dr Tranter. Occasionally we ask permission to video a consultation. You will always be asked in advance and are given the option not to take part, and this will not affect your care in any way. No recording will be taken without your consent and the camera will be switched off on request. These videos are used only for educational purposes with the doctor doing the consultation and are destroyed after use.
Dr Iain Carr is currently the GP registrar at the practice.
All our locums are fully qualified GPs on the Oxfordshire CCG Performer's List. They are employed from time to time to cover holidays, sickness and other absences.
If you are too ill to attend surgery and require a home visit please request this before 10.00am and be prepared to give some indication of the problem so that the doctors can plan their visiting route appropriately.
If you need urgent medical care outside of normal surgery hours (between 6.30pm and 8.00am Monday to Friday) or weekends and bank holidays, please call 111. Our out-of-hours service is provided by Oxfordshire CCG. After 111 has triaged the call, they can arrange for you to see a local GP at Bicester Community Hospital.
To talk to a doctor or nurse about a non-urgent problem, it is usually best to telephone between 11.30am and 12.30pm. If a doctor or nurse is available they will speak to you straightaway, otherwise we will arrange for a doctor or nurse to phone you back as soon as they are free.
You can be assured that anything you discuss with any member of the surgery staff, whether doctor, nurse or receptionist, will remain confidential. Even if you are under 16, nothing will be said to anyone, including parents, other family members, care workers or teachers, without your permission. The only reason why we might want to consider passing on confidential information without your permission would be to protect either you or someone else from serious harm. In this situation, we would always try to discuss this with you first.
If you have any worries or queries about confidentiality, please feel to ask a member of staff.
If you would like to discuss matters of a confidential nature, either with our receptionists or a member of the dispensary team, we have a side room available in reception for this purpose.
If you are experiencing hearing difficulties when being called in to see the doctor or nurse, please do let us know in order for us to set up an alert on your medical records and personally collect you from the waiting room. Alternatively, we do have the facility of a portable induction loop. If you would like to use this, please ask a receptionist for assistance.
Where possible, we now try and send people a text message to remind them that they have an appointment.
There is access through the main door. We have a wheelchair available for use in surgery.
Please ring for the results of any tests you have had organized by the practice. While we try to contact you with abnormal results, please do not assume tests are normal just because you have not heard from us. It is your responsibility to contact us. Please phone between 10.00am and 3.30pm for results. Tests arranged by hospital specialists will be returned to the specialists who requested them (they are not usually copied to us at the surgery as a matter of course). You should ring the consultant's secretary who will get the results sent to you.
Most tests require at least 3 working days. X-ray results usually require 7 days.
We dispense medicines for all our patients unless they live within one mile of a chemist. The dispensary is closed between 1pm - 2pm. Repeat prescriptions may still be collected but no new items will be dispensed during this time. Prescriptions issued during surgery appointments are dispensed immediately although patients may have to wait a short while for this to be done. Occasionally some medicines may have to be ordered from the wholesaler, so we ask that you give us at least 2 working days notice before collecting any requested medication.
Minor surgery is available at times arranged with individual doctors and patients.
A blood taking clinic is available Monday to Friday from 8.10am to 9.25am for booked appointments and 9.30am to 10.15am for a walk-in service.
Appointments can be made to see any doctor for family planning advice during normal surgery times. We provide a wide range of family planning including "the pill", contraceptive implants, coils and diaphragms.
These are organised by our health visitor. She will be able to give more details at the appropriate time.
These are available for all adults by appointment with our practice nurses. We also run special clinics for those with asthma, diabetes or ischaemic heart disease, as well as well woman checks and teenage advice clinics.
The GPs work with the midwives to look after women before and after the birth. Women wishing to have a home birth are welcome to discuss this with the midwives.
Our practice nurse team are trained to deal with a wide range of problems including wound care and dressings, family planning, smoking cessations, travel and child immunisations, cervical smears, ear syringing, lifestyle advice (diet, exercise, alcohol etc.) and health checks. Individual nurses can provide specialised advice for long-term conditions such as diabetes and asthma. If you feel able, it is helpful to us if you could give your reason for seeing the nurse to reception so that we can book you in to see the most appropriate nurse and make sure you have enough time for your appointment. Sisters Debbie Denton, Hilary Kilcoyne and Clare Brown are available every weekday morning and most afternoons and Sister Dianne Croft is available only on Fridays.
Our health visitor is based at Islip and contactable through the surgery on 01865 841976. She works Wednesday, Thursday and Friday but messages can be left on her answerphone on other days. She is trained in child health, health promotion and education and works mainly with children and families.
Our midwife provides care and support for mothers during and after their pregnancies. She may be contacted Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm on 01865 221696. At all other times, including weekends and Bank Holidays, please phone 01865 740204 and ask for the Blenheim Group midwife. Please be prepared to give your name, address and telephone number. The controller with then bleep the midwife on duty and ask her to contact you. For non-urgent calls, please phone 01865 220457 (answerphone).
Annie Webb, Claire Quick, Melinda Melson and Jess Chlvers may be contacted by ringing 01865 842615 and leaving a message on their answerphone. Messages left after 4pm will be picked up the following day. Their function is to provide nursing services to patients at home who are housebound.
The following IT systems are in use at the practice:
- Referral Management (using NHS numbers in referrals);
- Electronic Appointment Booking (the facility to book routine appointments online and, similarly, to cancel appointments;
- Online booking of repeat prescriptions;
- Summary Care Record (uploading details of your current medication and allergies to the national "spine" so that these are available for doctors involved in your care elsewhere);
- GP to GP transfers (the electronic transfer of records from practice to practice when you re-register;
- Patient Access to records (the facility to view your medical records online).
The doctors occasionally video consultations in order to help them improve their consultation skills. This will never be done without the patient's prior consent. Any tapes made are kept securely and destroyed after three years.
Fit Notes (which, since April 2010, have replaced the old doctor's sick note) are available after seven days of sickness. You may not necessarily have to see your GP; a telephone consultation may suffice. Please telephone the surgery and speak to one of the receptionists.
No Fit Note is available during the first seven days. Instead, you will need to complete a self certificate form. These should be available from your employer but can also be picked up at reception. A copy of the form can also be downloaded here.
Further information about the current fit note regime can be found here.
Some medical services provided are not covered under our contract with the NHS and therefore attract charges. Examples include the following:- Medicals for pre-employment, sports and driving requirements (HGV, PSV etc). Insurance claim forms, passport signing, prescriptions for taking medication abroad, private sick notes and vaccination certifictes. the fees charged are based on the British Medical Associated (BMA) suggested scales and a list of charges is on display in the waiting room and is also available here.
Medical students are sometimes attached to the practice for 2 - 3 weeks as part of their training. If you do not wish a student to be present during your consultation, please inform the receptionist.
The practice has an in-house complaints procedure. Patients are welcome to make comments, suggestions and complaints either verbally or in writing to the Practice Manager, Mrs Beverley Turner. Mrs Turner is responsible for following up all comments received by this route. There is also a suggestion box in the waiting room for those who prefer to keep their comments anonymous. In addition, the doctors are always prepared to speak with the patients during surgery hours about matters that may be troubling them.
The practice's statement of purpose is available here.