South Oxford Health Centre

In recent years, South Oxford Health Centre, in Lake Street, Oxford, has been working hard to meet current challenges at the practice - difficulties in recruiting new doctors,  increasing workloads and costs. Many of these challenges are faced by other GP practices in the county and beyond.

Despite these efforts, the practice's only remaining partner, Dr Nick Wooding, has decided to end his contract to provide primary care services on 31 July 2019.

Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (OCCG) discussed the position with the surgery’s Patient Participation Group (PPG) and wrote to other Oxfordshire GP practices inviting expressions of interest in taking over the contract from 1 August 2019 and running the practice as a branch surgery.  The process resulted in the award of the contract to St Bartholomews Medical Centre.

South Oxford Health Centre will be open as usual throughout the transition period, and patients have been reassured that they need do nothing at this stage. They will continue to continue to receive high quality care and support. 

As OCCG works through the process, it will take the same approach to engaging with patients as was undertaken last year at Cogges Surgery in Witney, and which was commended by patients and stakeholders alike.

This page will provide regular updates including Frequently Asked Questions and letters to patients as appropriate. 

Patients can also contact the Patient Services Team at Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group on free phone number: 0800 052 6088 or email: or write to OCCG’s Patient Services Team, Jubilee House, 5510 John Smith Drive,  Oxford Business Park South, OX4 2LH.




26 June 2019

Letter to patients

03 June 2019

We are pleased to confirm that patients can expect business as usual as the current practice team will continue to provide primary care services under new management - St Bartholomews Health Centre in East Oxford.  All staff currently at South Oxford will remain, including former partner Dr Nick Wooding and the surgery premises are staying open.

30 April 2019

We are working hard to find a solution that we hope will see services maintained at South Oxford Health Centre. We are exploring if there is a local solution available and are having discussions to see if a current Oxfordshire practice would be interested in running the practice as a branch surgery.

We have written to all Oxfordshire GP practices to ask for expressions of interest, which we have received and are currently assessing with an appointment panel. This panel includes two members of the practice Patient Participation Group.

We are hopeful that a local solution will be found. However, we have developed a strategic case for health needs of this population including the expected growth in population/housing locally so that we can be ready if we need to launch a procurement process to find an alternative provider to run the practice.

21 March 2019

Update for patients

5 March 2019

Update paper presented to Oxfordshire Primary Care Commissioning Committee


26 February 2019 

 Patient Letter

28 February 2019

 Stakeholder Briefing