New Heart of Bath Partnership launches
Two GP practices in Bath are set to merge this spring, with plans for an additional practice to join them later in the year. From 1 April 2018, Oldfield Surgery and St James’s Surgery will form the Heart of Bath.
In October 2018, it is expected that Number 18 Surgery will also join the partnership before closing its current premises in Oldfield Park. Once finalised, the plan will be for Number 18 patients and staff to transfer to the Heart of Bath, in a move that is supported by Wessex Local Medical Committee, Bath and North East Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group and NHS England.
The Heart of Bath will operate from the following GP surgery locations:
- Oldfield Surgery at 45 Upper Oldfield Park, Bath,
- St James’s Surgery at 6-9 Northampton Buildings, Bath and
- Junction Road Surgery (a branch Surgery of St James’s Surgery), 8 Junction Road, Oldfield Park, Bath.
Dr Arun Gadhok, GP Partner at St James’s Surgery said: “Patients of Oldfield Surgery and St James’s won’t see any difference to services in April; they will still contact their practice in the same way and continue to see the same GPs and other staff in the same location.
“Those patients joining the Heart of Bath from Number 18 surgery in October can choose whether they want to be seen at the Oldfield Surgery site, or St James’s Surgery, depending on which is more convenient for them. Furthermore, by then we would expect all Heart of Bath patients to be able to choose which premises they are seen at.”
Dr Charles Berrisford, GP Partner at Number 18 said: “We are very sad to announce the closure of Number 18. The practice has had a long history and has established a great relationship with both patients and people who have worked with us.
“After a number of retirements, we have been unable to recruit new GP partners and our NHS income has reduced because of our relatively small patient list size. We’ve explored whether we can secure investment in the business but unfortunately the premises are not big enough.”
He added; “We are committed to supporting our patients throughout this period of change and are very excited about the opportunity to work with the Heart of Bath, which will mean our current patients would see familiar faces among the practice teams at the nearby Heart of Bath surgery sites.”
Corinne Edwards, Director of Acute and Primary Care Commissioning at Bath and North East Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group said: “The merger will bring many benefits to patients. The Heart of Bath will provide opportunities for even better access to GPs, nurses and other primary care services in years to come, and makes it easier for staff to share examples of best practice to further drive up standards of care.”
“By joining in this way, the practices will also save money and time by sharing back-office functions, leaving more resources available to improve services for patients.”
Dr Gadhok said: “For example we will look at how we can manage demand for same-day appointments better, and how we can use technology more effectively. We will become a larger, stronger team, and in time we will be able to offer extended opening hours, and improved services for people with long-term illnesses.”
The details of the merger and closure of Number 18 Surgery will be published on the St James’s, Oldfield and Number 18 Surgery websites, as well as on posters in each practice location and by letter to patients of Number 18 by Friday 9 February. Patients of Number 18 surgery have been invited to drop-in sessions at the practice to ask questions and give feedback about the plans.
Number 18 would like to reassure patients there is no need to take any action to re-register with another practice at this time.
Staff from Oldfield Surgery, St James’s and Number 18 would like to thank all of their patients and colleagues for their continued support during this time of change.
Any patients currently registered at the three practices who have questions or feedback about the plans should contact the main practice email address:
St James’s Surgery BSCCG.email@example.com
Oldfield Surgery firstname.lastname@example.org
Number 18 BSCCG.email@example.com
Management of Infection - Antibiotic Guidance
IMPORTANT CHANGES TO CHILD IMMUNISATION APPOINTMENTS
With effect from Tuesday 31st October we will be operating a new appointment system for Childhood immunisations.
When your child is due immunisations, Child Health will write to you asking you to telephone the Surgery to book an appointment.
These appointments will continue to run on a Tuesday morning.
Please note that you must have an appointment as we are unable to offer the drop in service anymore.
Thank you for your co-operation.
Flu Vaccinations and Nasal Flu
Flu can be unpleasant, but if you are otherwise healthy it will usually clear up on its own within a week. The surgery offers free flu vaccinations and nasal flu to the following age criteria's and eligibility.
Nasal flu will be offered to children aged 2 years to 18 years normally via the school nurse or otherwise here at the surgery if eligible.
Flu vaccinations will be offered to adults aged 18 years + if eligible and to all 65 years and over.
To book a flu jab appointment, if you meet the above criteria, please phone the surgery on 01225 421137.
For further information please click on the link below
Pneumonia is an infection that affects around eight in 1,000* adults in the UK each year and is more common in autumn and winter. It's an infection that can cause serious illness and even death, clinic on link below for more details
If you are 65 and over you are entitled to a pneumonia vaccination, this is a once in life time vaccination. The surgery have sent out letters to patients 65 and over that have not had the pneumonia vaccation yet and also to eligiable patients who are under 65, if you are interested in having the vaccation or if you have had a letter, please phone the surgery on 01225 421137 to book an appointment
TWIMC Letters are now £25 each letter and patients are advised that they will take 1 week to process.
Payment is required at the time of request.
NHS Free Health Checks
Have you recently received a letter inviting you to attend for a free NHS Health Check? but not booked an appointment yet? If so you will need to book and attend your Health Check with a Nurse BEFORE the 31st March 2018. For more detailed information please look in 'Clinics & Services' above.
Tell us what you thought about your NHS Health Check
Were you invited for an NHS Health Check this year? Please tell us what you thought by completing our quick survey
MENINGITIS B VACCINATION
Now available privately at this surgery at £130 per dose. Please phone the surgery to book an appointment
You can now view your results online, if you havent already registered for online access then you can do this by visiting the surgery with photo ID to get your username and password. Please note once you have registered you will need to apply for Detailed Coded Record access or Full Clinical Record access, via your online account, to view test results.
Registration Letters from NHS England
The NHS is carrying out work in Bath, Gloucestershire, Swindon and Wiltshire to make sure the patient details on GP lists are accurate. Letters were sent to some patients, but not all. If you received a letter, but did not respond NHS England will assume you have moved away and are no longer registered with the Practice. In order to ensure that patients are not removed from our list in error we will be contacting non-respondents by text to double check that you wish to remain registered.If you did get a letter and haven't responded, please contact the Surgery to advise us of your current address and status or you may be removed from our list.
Norovirus (sickness and diarrhoea bug) in the community
Norovirus (sickness and diarrhoea bug) in the community. To help contain it, please read the following advice
• If you have had bouts of diarrhoea or vomiting in the past 48 hours it may be norovirus. Stay indoors, rest up and drink plenty of fluids. If you are worried about your symptoms, call NHS 111 who can advise on the best course of action and treatment for you.
• Norovirus is very unpleasant but usually resolves itself in 24 to 48 hours.
• It is vital that people who may have norovirus do not visit hospitals, care homes or their GP surgery.
• If you have had norovirus, you should ensure that you have been free of symptoms for a full 48 hours before visiting a friend or relative in hospital or attending an outpatient appointment or your GP surgery.
For more information about what you can do to help stop Norovirus spreading, please click to download the information leaflet produced by Public Health England. Thank you everyone, and please stay well.
Did you know that we offer telephone appointments? If you need some medical advice, a sick note, or a repeat prescription a telephone appointment with a GP can often provide you with what you need - and save you the trouble of coming in! Please ask a receptionist if you would like to book a telephone appointment.
Patient Participation Group
We're looking for people to join our patient participation group at the surgery to enable us to engage with patients to help us improve our services. If you are interesting in joining our volunteer group please contact Sara or telephone 01225 820450
Are you a parent/carer of small children?
Worried about what to do when little ones are poorly? Unsure if you need to bring them to see a doctor? Wessex Healthier together is a very useful online resource providing advice and guidance on common conditions and how to care for an unwell child.
Friends and Family Test - tell us how we're doing
Have you heard about the friends and family test? All GP surgeries are now asking patients to answer the question "How likely are you to recommend our GP practice to friends and family if they needed simliar care or treatment? you can complete the survey online https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FFTOldfieldsurgeryT29KQNQ Please do use the opportunity to tell us what you think and where we could make improvements.
Thinking of booking an exotic holiday?
Don't forget to book your appointment with our Travel Clinic in plenty of time, some vaccinations need more than one dose over several weeks - make sure you are protected and can truly relax on holiday.
Our fantastic value, nurse-led Travel Clinic runs every Saturday - call 01225 820461 to book your appointment.
My Script Social Prescribing Service
'Our service works closely with the 27 GP practices in B&NES to support people who visit their doctor frequently, sometimes with non-medical needs such as debt or housing problems, relationship difficulties or social isolation which the doctor may not be able to help with. Through carefully guided conversations, our staff can help to unpick the issues which may underlie or exacerbate your health conditions. We can also offer ongoing support from one of our trained volunteers to help you get connected with other local services and groups that may help you work through any issues identified to improve your health and wellbeing'
Patients can call in to the surgery a collect a self referral form and an information leaflet or alternative click on the link below.