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Bradford on Avon Health Centre and Winsley Health Centre will be unreachable by telephone on the day of Wednesday 23rd August 2017 between 10:00 and 14.00.


The affected sites are having a new telephone system installed meaning that there will be extensive engineering works on the telephone lines and telephone system on this day.


In case of emergency or for urgent matters we can be contacted on 01225 860811 and 01225 860812 on Wednesday 23rd August 2017 between 10:00 and 14:00.


When booking your telephone consultation with the Doctor state the telephone number you request to be called on and the reason for the call.   Please note the time may vary due to unforeseen circumstances, but the Doctors will do their up most to call you within an hour of your booking.



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The Practice would like to welcome  Dr Caroline Botley, Paul Thorne & Dr Tom Salter



Bradford on Avon Health Centre and Winsley Health Centre will be unreachable by telephone on the day of Wednesday 23rd August 2017 between 10:00 & 14:00.


The affected sites are having a new telephone system installed meaning that there will be extensive engineering works on the telephone lines and telephone system on this day.


In case of emergency or for urgent matters we can be contacted on 01225 860811 and 01225 860812 on Wednesday 23rd August 2017 between 10:00 and 14:00.


Thank you in advance for your patience during this process.



Practice Announcement

Please bear with us if you are finding it difficult to get an appointment with the doctor or nurse.

In recent weeks, the practice has unexpectedly found itself without three of its regular doctors. Although we have used GP Locums when available, inevitably there has been a significant loss of appointments.

A shortage of doctors and nurses is a national problem and we are doing all we can to recruit new staff to ease the pressure. We are very pleased with the progress we have made on recruitment and these new doctors, paramedics, nurses and administration staff will begin to arrive in September 2017.

We are currently offering more telephone consultations with the doctor when an appointment in surgery may not be necessary. This allows us to maximise capacity and ensure that patients are triaged by a clinician, which ensures patient safety.

We anticipate that there will be long term changes to the way that patients are able to book or/ offered appointments, as we attempt to find a solution, like a growing number of practices nationally, to the increase in demand.

When patients call for an appointment or visit, our staff will discuss a wide range of options, so that callers can have the opportunity to consider quicker and more effective answers to their problem.

Thank you for your understanding.

Dr Gough and Partners 


 The Surgery would like to welcome Dr Bronte Vidni & Dr Rebecca Atkinson to the Practice team






  Flu vaccination appointments available from the 1st September 2017

Please do not telephone the surgery before the 1st September as the receptionists are unable to book your appointment at this time!

All about flu and how to stop getting it

NHS Public Health England - Who should have it and why leaflet please click here

Please click here to download the 2017 Practice Information leaflet 

Easy read version for people with learning disabilities click here

What is flu?

Influenza or flu is a viral infection that usually strikes between December and March. It can affect people of all ages.

You can catch flu by inhaling the virus or by handling items touched by an infected person. The symptoms start to develop one to four days later.



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If you are in any of the following categories:

  • Everyone aged 65 and over
  • Everyone under 65 years of age who has the following medical condition including children and babies over 6 months: a heart problem, a chest complaint or breathing difficulties including bronchitis, emphysema or severe asthma, kidney disease, lowered immunity due to disease or treatment (such as steriod medication or cancer treatment) liver disease, stroke or TIA, Diabetes, neurological conditions eg MS, Cerebral palsy or learning disability, problem with spleen including removal or sickle cell disease, BMI of 40 and over.
  • Pregnant women at any stage of pregnancy
  • Living in a residential home or nursing home
  • Carer for an older or disabled person
  • Household contacts of anyone who is immunocompromised
  • Frontline social and healthcare workers
  • All 2 and 3 year olds born between 1.9.2013 and 31.8.2015)

This year all Reception and school years 1,2,3 and 4 throughout England will be offered the flu vaccine in School (ie born between 1.9.2008 and 31.8.2013)

For more information please click here


Victim Support - Not ready to go to the police?

If you have been a victim of any crime or have been affected by a crime committed against someone you know, we can give emotional and practice support to help you find the strength to deal with what you have through.

For more information contact 0808 281 0113 or email


Healthy Me - a fun approach to wellbeing

Fun sessions designed to help young people and their families adopt healthier lifestyles which become lifelong habits are beginning in Wiltshire this September.
Healthy Me is a 10 week programme for children aged seven to 11 years who may be less active than recommended and above their healthy weight range. 

Young people and their families can attend the ten 90-minute sessions based in health and wellbeing centres and leisure centres across the county to find out about nutrition, food groups, portion sizes, food labelling, physical activity and making healthier choices a habit.

For more information please click here


The Practice welcomes Dr Brian Devlin to the Practice Team


Dr Brian Devlin has joined the Practice as one of our new locums!








Young People Friendly Award

Public Health have awarded the Practice with the national quality mark for Young People Friendly.

Huge congratulations to Kirsty Tripp, our Young People Friendly Representative, for achieving this award and for all those that helped Kirsty with this project.


The assessors were pleased to see that the Practice is making every effort to ensure young people receive an accessible and supportive service.


For more details on the services we offer, please refer to our Young People Friendly Practice leaflet or ask for Kirsty at reception!



Spend lots of time outdoors? Cover up mate! 



As part of NHS England’s Cover Up   Mate campaign, we are encouraging men who spend a lot of time outdoors, such as farmers, builders, gardeners and sportsmen, to take a safer approach to the sun to help reduce their risk of developing skin cancer. 

Skin cancer is the sixth most common cancer and the number of cases in the south west almost doubled between 2005 and 2014. A recent survey conducted by Imperial College found that there are 48 deaths, and 241 cases of melanoma skin cancer in Britain a year, caused by ultraviolet (UV) rays   absorbed from the sun while at work. In fact getting painful sunburn just once every two years can triple your risk of melanoma skin cancer.

For more information please click here


2017 - Surgery gets GOLD for carers!

Since 2011 the Surgery has been working closely with Carer Support Wiltshire & Wiltshire Council to help raise awareness of Carers and to create a new Wiltshire Investors in Carers Award. We believe that supporting Carers is an important part of general medical services as Carers are three times more likely to suffer ill health compared to non-carers.

This is the top level a practice can achieve, a huge well done to Hayley Holland (Carers Representative) and the team who provide the carers health checks.  


Dr Nell Wyatt - Sabbatical News

The Practice would like to announce that Dr Nell Wyatt will be taking a years’ sabbatical from early August 2017 to take part as Crew Member and boat Medic in the Round the World Clipper Race.

The Race starts on August 20th 2017 setting sail from Liverpool and whilst sailing 40,000 miles across all the major oceans of the world, Dr Wyatt expects to encounter every type of weather and sailing conditions from storms and huge waves to calm seas and (hopefully) a bit of sunshine!  She aims to cross the finish line on 28th July 2018 planning to return to work as full time Partner in Mid-August 2018.  

Whilst Dr Wyatt is away on the high seas, Dr Paul Thorne and Dr Brian Devlin will be looking after her patients giving continuity of care to all her patients including those with Diabetes.


Dr Janice Patrick will be embracing the Research role and the Clinical Research team will remain unchanged.  The practice will continue to actively participate in Clinical Research.


The Partners and staff would like to wish Dr Wyatt a safe adventure and look forward to seeing her back at the Practice in August 2018.





Important Notice - Bradford on Avon Leg Club


In order to give the Nurses time to set up all the equipment & clinically clean the work area. We have decided to alter our opening times. As from Tuesday 4th July the Bradford on Avon Leg Club will be opening from 9 am – 11.30 am. Please arrive at 9 am or after, as arriving early may result in you having to wait outside. If you wish to speak to a member of staff regarding this, please speak to the receptionist.



Important Information About Your Diabetic Eye Screening Programme


Eye screening is a key part of your diabetic care checking for diabetic retinopathy, a condition that can lead to sight loss if it's not detected early and treated. Everyone aged 12 and over with diabetes receives an invitation to this service once a year.

For more information please click here



Please join me in welcoming Isabel Slark to the Practice team!


Isabel has just completed her 3rd year at Leeds university studying medicine and will be temporarily working for the Practice Administration Team during the summer











Practice would like to welcome Ginnie Heads - Age UK Living Co-ordinator to the Practice


Ginnie Heads is the Age UK Living Well Co-ordinator and will be based at St. Margaret’s Surgery Mon-Wed every week.


Ginnie can be contacted via her work mobile 07860 945046 or alternatively, you can call Ruth Randall at St. Margaret’s Surgery on 01225 860812 for more information please click here




This week it is CARERS WEEK 12TH JUNE - 16TH JUNE 2017

Did you know one in eight adults in the UK are Carers. There are 39,567 Carers in Wiltshire. We currently have 441 Carers on our Carers Register.


The surgery runs an annual health check service for patients who are carers. Appointments are designed to give you a full health check and an opportunity to discuss your health. The appointment will last approximately 15 to 40 minutes. Representatives from Carers Support West Wilts and the Wiltshire Council/DWP Financial Assessment & Benefits Team are also available to offer advice or answer any queries. 

Hayley Holland is the Practice Carers Representative.

She is able to provide help and information to Carers. She is also able to access services for you (appointments etc) so that they can be arranged at a time that suits you. 

To speak with Hayley, please telephone The Health Centre, BOA, 01225 866611.




Diabetes Week -  Sunday 11th June - Saturday 17th June



Please click here for more information




The Practice would like to welcome Gillian Kent our new Travel Nurse


Please join me in welcoming Gillian Kent, Travel Nurse, to the Occupational Health Team!


For more information please click here














Melksham Leg & wellbeing club


From Thursday 6th April 2017 all patients registered with a Doctor in Melksham and who would usually attend St Damian’s Surgery for their leg ulcer dressing, will now be able to attend the new weekly Leg & Wellness Club. 

At the Leg & Wellness Club patients will find a friendly,  welcoming atmosphere which     enables patients with lower leg problems to benefit from mutual encouragement, have fun and enjoy refreshments  together in a social setting.

The service is drop-in which means patients do not have to make an             appointment, just come along to be seen by one of leg ulcer team.

For more information please click here



All meetings will be held at The Health Centre, Bradford on Avon, at 7pm, unless otherwise stated.

The dates of future meetings are:

  • Tuesday 19th September 2017 - Kidney disease talk
  • Tuesday 5th December 2017 - Arthritis Talk

If you are unable to attend PPG meetings but would still like to help the practice improve services, you may be interested in signing up for our virtual e-mail group. For more information please click on the tab above titled 'Patient Voice e-mail group'. 


Carers Patient Survey - May 2017

sUVEWe would be grateful if you would complete the following Carers survey by clicking here.



 Friends and Family Test  - Results March & April 2017

waiting area music survey

 Since 1st December 2014, Doctors Surgeries are being asked to take part in the 'Friends and Family Test'. 

To do this we conduct a short survey to find out how you feel about the services we provide

How likely are you to recommend the Practice to your Friends and Family?






  The Happy Circle - Day Centre for Older people


Living independently in Melksham

The Happy Circle Day Centre meets at Rowley Place in Melksham and is a social club for isolated and lonely older people generally living in their own homes. Fun, food and friendship for Older People. Meets every Monday at Rowley Place from 10.30 am - 3 pm (excluding Bank Holidays)

01225 708696


 Mental Health Awareness Week (8th - 14th May)  

 This years theme is ‘surviving or thriving’? For more information please click here  


Miscarriage & Child Bereavement Workshop

Have you had a Miscarriage or Lost your Child?

Do you feel stuck in your grief?

Would you like the chance to say Goodbye?

Workshop on Friday 16th June 2017 @ 7.30pm

Bearfield Church,

Huntington Street, Bradford on avon 

Free Workshop with Donations on Day

To Register your Place or for more Information Email:


Cancer Research UK - Race for Life

Race for Life 5K & 10 K Royal Victoria Park 11th June

For more information please contact RACEFORLIFE.ORG



New Practice webpage what’s on locally in your area?




On this page you can find out what is happening in your local area. If you have an event or information that you think would be of interest then please let me know via our website or telephone Sarah Smith on 01225 898498


Please click here



Be Clear on Cancer statement


Be Clear on Cancer is a cancer awareness campaign led by Public Health England, working in partnership with the Department of Health and NHS England. 

For more information please click here


The Practice would like to welcome



Please join me in welcoming Bridget Casey, new medical receptionist & the return of Steph Fairlie to the Practice team! Bridget will be working on the results and appointments position.


Chris Bunting has also returned back today after his month in Greece working on a refugee camp. Chris will be continuing his administration work.



What's worrying you?

These websites can give you information about common mental health problems, how to cope with your feelings and where to get support.

Please click here




The Partners would like to welcome Dr Michael Gumbley to the Practice

Dr  Michael Gumbley joined the Practice in April as a locum while Dr Chisnal is away from Surgery.

Trained at St Thomas' Hospital London, he obtained a BSc in Anatomy in 1981 and qualified MBBS in 1984. Various posts in hospitals south of the M4 culminated in further qualifications of DCH, DRCOG and MRCGP, and eventually starting in practice in Westbury in 1991. Since that time, he has held posts in Cardiology at Royal United Hospital Bath, has obtained an MSc in Prescribing Sciences from Liverpool University in 2001 and is currently an Associate Member of the GMC, sitting on their Fitness to practice panels.


We offer everyone, including those under 16, a free and confidential sexual health service.

For more information please click here


 Sad News

You may have read about the tragic death of Dr Chisnall’s son, Tom.  This has obviously been a very difficult and emotional time for Dr Chisnall and his family, as well as all of us at the practice. 

We are grateful for your thoughts and concerns, but please help to support the Chisnall family by respecting their privacy at this time. Thank you”.


Dr Gough & Partners



We are pleased to announced Dr Zoe Davis has  become a partner at the Practice.

Dr Davis qualified in London in 1998 from Imperial College and completed her General practice training in Bristol in 2003 where she continued to work up until joining the practice as an associate.

Her professional interests include women's health, sexual health and palliative care having worked in hospice medicine.

Outside of work, Dr Davis is kept busy with two small children and enjoys time with family and friends, walking and trips away. She enjoys light opera and hopes when time allows to join an amateur society.


Congratulations Dr Ruth Barnes - winning the Bath Half Marathon 




For more inforamtion please click here


“All GP practices are required to declare the mean earnings (e.g. average pay) for GPs working to deliver NHS services to patients at each practice.


The average pay for GPs working in Bradford on Avon and Melksham Health Partnership in the last financial year was £56,090 before tax and National Insurance. This is for 4 full time GPs, 8 part time GPs, and no locum GPs who worked in the practice for more than six months.”




Jo's cervical Cancer trust 

February Tuesday 14th The Practice staff will be wearing pink to raise money and awareness to Jo's cervical cancer trust


The trust has generously given us charity pins and trolley tokens for patients and staff to purchase throughout the month.



Let’s have fun with fundraising!!  - £97.22 raised








Changes to the appointment system

 from the 6th February 2017

When booking your telephone consultation with the Doctor state the telephone number you request to be called on and the reason for the call.   Please note the time may vary due to unforeseen circumstances, but the Doctors will do their up most to call you within an hour of your booking.

As you will be aware from the media the NHS is under significant pressure. We have been struggling with the additional demands on the service for some time and have

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