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.
Flu vaccinations will be offered to children aged 6 months to 2 years
Nasal flu will be offered to children aged 2 years to 18 years normally via the school nurse or otherwise here at the surgery.
Flu vaccinations will be offered to adults aged 18 year and over.
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.
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.
Important update about (HSCIC) Care Data - Initiated in 2014
Communication from the Health and Social Care Information Centre about opt-outs and your care information choices.
The Care Data programme will bring together securely, health and social care information from different settings in order to see what’s working really well in the NHS and what could be done better. Using data in this way is known as data sharing for purposes beyond direct care, and the information will only be shared if it will benefit patient care.
Your personal information choices
Health and social care information is used in a number of ways to support your personal care and to improve health and social care services for everyone.
When you attend a health or social care provider in England the clinicians and administrators you see will record information about your care. You can decide with your clinician on how your data will be used for your direct care.
There are choices you can make about how information is used, and you can choose to opt out of your information being shared or used for any purpose beyond providing your care.
If you do not want your information to be used for any purpose beyond providing your care you can choose to opt-out. If you wish to do so, please inform your GP practice and they will mark your choice in your medical record.
There are two types of opt-out. You can opt-out at any time by informing your GP practice.
Type 1 opt-out
If you do not want information that identifies you to be shared outside your GP practice, for purposes beyond your direct care you can register a type 1 opt-out with your GP practice. This prevents your personal confidential information from being used other than in particular circumstances required by law, such as a public health emergency like an outbreak of a pandemic disease.
Type 2 opt-out – Implementation delayed in 2014
The HSCIC collects information from a range of places where people receive care, such as hospitals and community services. If you do not want your personal confidential information to be shared outside of the HSCIC, for purposes other than for your direct care you can register a type 2 opt-out with your GP practice.
If you have previously told your GP practice that you don't want the HSCIC to share your personal confidential information for purposes other than your own care and treatment (Type 2) your opt-out will have been implemented by the HSCIC from April 29th 2016. It will remain in place unless you change it.
There is an opt-out form on the right hand of this page under Care Data, please hand in or post the form to our surgery or alternatively visit the surgery for a form and more information.
You can find more information about how the HSCIC handles your information and choices and how it manages your opt-out on the HSCIC website www.hscic.gov.uk/yourinfohttp://www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/thenhs/records/healthrecords/Pages/overview.aspx
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? or you can complete the survey online here. 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.