Accessibility Statement

This website has been developed by EMIS Health and is run by the specified organisation. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, that means you should be able to:

  • change colours, contrast levels and fonts
  • zoom in up to 300% without the text spilling off the screen
  • navigate most of the website using just a keyboard
  • navigate most of the website using speech recognition software
  • listen to most of the website using a screen reader (including the most recent versions of JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver)

We’ve also looked to use ‘Plain English’ where possible in order to make the website text simple to understand.

AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.

Keyboard navigation in Mac OS

For keyboard navigation to work in Mac OS an option has to be turned on:

System Preferences Keyboard  Shortcuts

In that panel is a check box labelled “Use keyboard navigation to move focus between controls”. Check that box and Restart your browser for the change to take effect.

How accessible this website is

Although we have used our reasonable efforts to make the website accessible to all we appreciate that some parts of this website are not currently fully accessible, in particular:

  • some of our downloadable documents may not fully accessible to screen reader software
  • there are a limited number of keyboard navigation issues including; menu navigation and notification acknowledgement
  • the site tagline styling may not be deemed to meet accessibility standards
  • table layout for opening times does not use the correct grid format to be deemed fully accessible

As part of our ongoing continuous improvement exercises we are working to further improve on the accessibility aspects of the site.

What to do if you cannot access parts of this website

If you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille then please:

We will consider all requests and aim to get back to you within 5 working days.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We are always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems not listed on this page or identify ways that we can improve accessibility then please do call or email us to report the issue:

Enforcement procedure

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 (the ”Accessibility Regulations”). If you have any concerns or issues with our site and are not happy with how we have responded to your concerns, then you may wish to contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).

Alternatively, if you are based in Northern Ireland, please contact the Equalities Commission for Northern Ireland (ECNI).

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

EMIS Health are committed to making its websites accessible, in accordance with the Accessibility Regulations.

This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances listed below.

Non-accessible content

The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons.

Content that is not within the scope of the Accessibility Regulations

PDFs and other documents

This site may contain older PDFs and Word documents that do not meet accessibility standards – for example, they may not be structured so that they are accessible to a screen reader. This does not meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 4.1.2 (name, role value).

The Accessibility Regulations do not require us to fix PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018 if they are not essential to providing our services.

This site may contain elements that cannot be navigated through using a keyboard. This does not meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.1.1 (keyboard).

Plans are in place to rectify these issues as soon as practicable.

Styling Issues

This site may contain elements of styling that are not deemed to be accessible. This does not meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.4 (distinguishable).

Plans are in place to rectify these issues as soon as practicable.

Disproportionate burden

Google Maps – There is a limit as to how far you can magnify the embedded Google Maps on our ‘contact us’ page. The code for this map is supplied by Google and we are unable to make amendments to it.

How we tested this website

This website was last tested on 8th February 2021. The test was carried out by the EMIS Health Service Team.

Site compliance was checked using a combination of manual testing and third party tools, including:

National blood bottle supply shortage – 20 Sept 2021

Urgent message regarding blood tests: https://www.cowleyroadmedicalpractice.org.uk/2021/09/06/national-blood-bottle-supply-shortage/

 

New Patients – 20 Sept 2021

We are happy to register new NHS patients within our practice boundary area: https://www.cowleyroadmedicalpractice.org.uk/the-practice/new-patients/

 

Patient Journey – 20 Sept 2021

Due to the ongoing issues surrounding Coronavirus we have had to adapt the way in which we operate. To help patients understand how we now operate, we have created a guide to the processes that take place in the practice: Patient Journey

 

Ordering repeat prescriptions – 20 Sept 2021

If you would like to order a repeat prescription, please do so by emailing your request to the practice on [email protected]. Alternatively, please speak to your pharmacist who will be able to make the request for you. If you are not sure about your list of medications, please look at the paper that comes with your medication – the list will be there. Your pharmacist will also be able to give you a list. Patients are no longer able to order repeat prescriptions directly through the website. This is a patient safety measure, to make sure that all requests are properly checked before the medication is authorised. We do not accept requests by telephone, again, for reasons of patient safety

 

Think COVID! – 20 Sept 2021

Every day we receive a significant number of calls from patients experiencing cough symptoms or fever who are not thinking that they have COVID because their symptoms are not severe. Unlike what may come across in the news and media, most people with COVID will have mild or moderate symptoms. So please, if you have a new cough or fever, no matter how mild, or a loss in your sense of taste or smell, think COVID, isolate at home and arrange a COVID test. You may have only one of those symptoms – for example, just a fever, and still have COVID.

 

Further advice about managing your symptoms can be found at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ or by calling 111.

 

Coronavirus vaccination – 20 Sept 2021

We are receiving many telephone queries about coronavirus vaccinations. These are being offered for residents of Oxford city in a number of sites across the city, rather than at individual practices. We do not have vaccines at the surgery. Our patients will be invited to receive a vaccine in line with a priority list set out by the national body responsible for vaccination. We cannot change the order. Please be patient – you will receive your invitation in due course when it is your turn.

 

Coronavirus vaccination for health care staff and social care workers – 20 Sept 2021

If you are a health care worker and your employer has not already made arrangements for you to receive a COVID vaccine, please email your details to [email protected] with details of your role, and your employer. This information will be coded and passed to the relevant bodies who are organising vaccines for staff.

 

COVID self-isolation rules – 20 Sept 2021

If you have symptoms of COVID, you should start to self-isolate and arrange for a test. You should remain in self-isolation from the day your symptoms started and the next 10 full days. Your household members must also self-isolate for 10 days from the start of your symptoms. They should not get a test unless they have symptoms. A negative test during their period of isolation does not mean that your contacts can return to work or normal activities. If you still feel unwell at the end of 10 days, you should seek medical advice, and not return to work. You may return to work if your only symptoms are cough or loss of sense of smell. The full guidance can be found here

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

 

Do you need practical help? – 20 Sept 2021

Are you worried about receiving your medication or about getting food during the coronavirus lockdown? Are you worried about a neighbour or a relative?

Voluntary support may be obtained through https://oxfordtogether.org/. You can register yourself or a relative or someone you are concerned about for support. The council has a coronavirus helpline which can be found at https://www.oxford.gov.uk/info/20301/coronavirus_information_and_guidance or by calling 01865 249 811