About Banbury Cross Health Centre
Banbury Cross Health Centre was established in September 2019. We have two locations in Banbury town centre at South Bar House and Bridge Street. Due to COVID our Bridge Street Surgery is temporarily closed. All services are carried out at South Bar House, 6 Oxford Road, Banbury OX169AD.
Banbury Cross Health Centre was launched following the merger of West Bar Surgery and Banbury Health Centre – a move which enables a greater range of patient services and more opportunities for expansion, while at the same time improving efficiency by consolidating back office and support functions.
We have 40,000 registered patients and employ over 200 staff including GPs, nurses, physios, other health professionals and administrative staff. We are proud to be a training practice, helping qualified doctors, known as Registrars, complete the final stages of their GP training.
Postgraduate GP Training
The practice is approved to train fully qualified doctors who wish to specialise in general practice.
The GP specialist trainee (sometimes also called 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 supervision of experienced GP's who are always available if the GP trainee needs their assistance or advice. 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. These videos are used only for educational purposes with the doctor doing the consultation and are destroyed after use.
Occasionally medical records are inspected for the purpose of educational supervisor selection and accreditation and quality assurance activities.
We are a well-regarded training practice offering a high quality learning environment. The practice has 3 experienced trainers, has access to a range of services and serves a diverse range of patients. Previous trainee reviews are very positive as is feedback from the practice assessors. Previous trainees have described us as ‘an excellent and innovative practice with great supervision and opportunities to learn.’
Second Year Foundation Doctors (FY2)
These qualified doctors are gaining experience of the conditions we treat and the skills of a GP by spending a few months with a local practice. They consult patients on their own, under the supervision of our doctors, who are always available if needed.
Undergraduate Medical Student Teaching
We occasionally have medical students from the University of Oxford attached to the practice. You will be informed if your doctor or nurse has anyone sitting-in with them to observe the consultation. If you would prefer to see your doctor or nurse alone, please tell the receptionist.
We believe that continuing involvement in medical education helps the practice maintain high quality patient care.
Primary Care Research
Banbury Cross Health Centre is involved in supporting primary care research. We believe it is important to participate in research projects so that we can help to develop new and more effective ways of diagnosing and treating diseases. We are pleased to give our patients the opportunity to take part in these studies, many of which involve tests and treatments which we would not otherwise be able to offer. The practice is actively involved in national studies which are organised by study teams at universities, charities and other research institutions. Find out more here:-