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My Planned Care - Helpful information and guidance for patients waiting for a hospital consultation, treatment or surgery

The My Planned Care website gives advice and support whilst you are waiting for a hospital appointment, an operation or to have treatment.
This site will also inform you of the average waiting times and any other useful advice that you may need.
Family, Carers and Friends can also access this information for you.
Please click on the image below for more information.

My Planned Care

                                   


We are supporting May Measurement Month! Do you know your numbers?

OVER 10 MILLION LIVES ARE LOST EACH YEAR DUE TO HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE

YET ONLY 50% OF PEOPLE AFFECTED ARE AWARE THEY HAVE IT

GIVE YOURSELF A SQUEEZE AND GET YOUR BP CHECKED

Did you know some local Community Pharmacies can measure your blood pressure and follow up with 24 hour measurement if it out of range and also refer you directly to the Health Centre for follow up? Blood pressure - visit - YouTube Speak to your local Pharmacist to find out more.

You can also measure your blood pressure in our waiting rooms at St Margaret’s surgery or Winsley Surgery.

If you prefer, blood pressure monitors are also available to purchase from many retailers.

For Home Use - British and Irish Hypertension Society | Registered UK Charity No. 287635 (bihsoc.org)

                    


COVID vaccination at Spencer's Sports and Social Club, Melksham in MAY

Please note the different day / times for the 5 - 11 year olds

Walk-in or book by clicking on the images below

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CVP April & May 2022

                          


Message from Bradford-on-Avon and Melksham Health Partnership

We are sorry to announce due to increased demand for appointments, together with high rates of staff sickness,  we are operating on medical emergencies for the remainder of this week.  

Our staff are currently working hard to continue providing a high level of care for you, we will always prioritise the most unwell patients and ask that if you have a minor illness please consider accessing advice in other ways including local pharmacies.

We are still open and doing our best to answer all your queries, but ask for your patience and understanding during this time. If you have a pre-arranged appointment this week please attend the Surgery as planned.

Thank you for your support towards our staff.

        


Unpaid carers are now able to order PPE as needed through a new PPE portal

Unpaid carers are now able to order PPE as needed through a new PPE portal.
If you require PPE – for example to care for someone who lives in a different household, or if you or the person you care for has been exposed to Covid – it is now possible to order it through a new portal.
To find out more please click on the image below.

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April is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month 

Please click on the images below for more information

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Additional information also found on the NHS website

        


Covid vaccinations for 5-11 year olds

Are you a parent or carer of a child aged between 5 and 11 years old?
You can now arrange for your child to receive a covid vaccination at Spencers Sports and Social Club in Melksham by booking now.
Please click on the image below.

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April COVID-19 vaccines appointments times at Spencer’s in Melksham 

Spencer’s in Melksham continues to offer vaccines and has plenty of availability throughout April. Please do get on the National Booking Service and book your vaccine as this is the best thing you can do to protect yourself and loved ones.
      
In addition we are now offering appointments for 5 year olds and upwards to receive their COVID-19 vaccine
     
Appointments are available on NBS- please click on the image below.
      
We are now offering walk in appointments to patients so there is no need to make an appointment in order to get your jabs
If you are a clinically vulnerable patient and receive a reminder to get your booster (4th) dose you can also attend as a walk in
     
Clinic timings are below, if attending please park at Leekes and make way to your appointment on foot, this will free up the carpark for more vulnerable patients

CVP April 2022


Phone Problems

UPDATE: Our phone system is now up and running.
We are currently experiencing phone problems this morning. We are in contact with our phone provider who is looking at this as a matter of urgency.
Please bear with us whilst the engineers deal with the problem.
You can still request medical assistance via DoctorLink, 111 or if an emergency 999

     


Retirement News

We are sorry to have to inform you that after 25 years as a Partner at Bradford on Avon and Melksham Health Partnership Dr Nell Wyatt will be Retiring as a Partner on 31st March 2022.

We are however delighted to tell you that Dr Wyatt is not retiring from Medicine or from the Practice completely.

She will continue to lead the Clinical Research of the Practice and will also do some limited Clinical work including Diabetes care. 

It is time however for Dr Wyatt to work more flexibly and as she will not be here on a regular basis she will no longer be holding a patient list. 

The patients who are currently registered with Dr Wyatt will be transferred to a colleague and you will be updated in due course of your new Registered Doctor.

“It has been an enormous privilege to be a Partner at our Practice and I have very much enjoyed the last 25 years.  Working as a GP is a great honour and during the last 25 years I have met many of our patients and their families and have been able to play a small part in supporting them through some of the biggest challenges of their lives. 

The last two years of the Covid Pandemic has been extraordinarily challenging for each and every person that we know and I am sorry that due to the Pandemic I won’t be able to say ”Goodbye” to you in person.   I will miss you all greatly."

 

Dr Nell Wyatt


Patient update: Covid-19

The government announced an end to COVID restrictions from today, Thursday 24th February.

Please note that the rules for the NHS are not changing.

So, please continue to:

- wear your mask in the surgery

- social distance when in the surgery

- arrive no earlier than five minutes before your appointment time

- tell us if you have covid symptoms or are covid positive when you have an appointment

That way we can keep all patients and staff safe - including those who cannot be vaccinated or whose immune systems are compromised and weak.

Thank you for your continued support.

For further information please click here

                          


Free men’s 12-week weight loss and fitness programme being delivered by Bath Rugby and Wiltshire council at Warminster RFC

For more details click on the poster below: 

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March COVID-19 vaccines appointments times at Spencer’s in Melksham 

Spencer’s in Melksham continues to offer vaccines and has plenty of availability throughout March. Please do get on the National Booking Service and book your vaccine as this is the best thing you can do to protect yourself and loved ones.
      
In addition we are now offering appointments for 12-15 year olds to receive their COVID-19 vaccine
     
Appointments are available on NBS- please click on the image below.
      
We are now offering walk in appointments to patients so there is no need to make an appointment in order to get your jabs
If you are a clinically vulnerable patient and receive a reminder to get your booster (4th) dose you can also attend as a walk in
     
Clinic timings are below, if attending please park at Leekes and make way to your appointment on foot, this will free up the carpark for more vulnerable patients

CVP March 2022 - Walkin Times

    


17/02/22  The Met Office has issued a severe weather warning over the next 24-48 hours, and the South West is expected to bear the brunt of the storm. Please therefore only come into the surgery if the need is urgent – please consider postponing  your face to face appointment if you have one booked in.

Please don’t add to the pressures on emergency services. Stay indoors as much as possible during this period, as there is a danger to life and limb from flying debris, fallen trees and floods. Major travel disruptions are also expected.

Stay safe.


Don't Ignore Your Cervical Screening Invite

For more information please click on the poster below

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Community Urgent Eyecare Service

Please click on the poster below for more information 

BSW Urgent Eyecare Service

      


Rape and sexual assault referral centres

Please click on the poster below for more information.

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Forget-me-not Cafe

Forget me Not Cafe

                            


NHS Healthy Start Scheme

Please click on the image below to find out more.

NHS Health Start Scheme

                             


At Bradford-on-Avon and Melksham Health Partnership, patients are required to continue to wear a face covering/mask

        

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At Bradford-on-Avon and Melksham Health Partnership, patients are required to continue to wear a face covering/mask, use hand sanitiser, maintain social distancing, and only enter the building only where necessary, such as for an appointment, or to drop of a sample at the front desk.

The surgery is not the same as public transport, a restaurant or the supermarket. Visitors of the surgery are unwell, vulnerable and therefore may not be vaccinated due to medical reasons.

We have experienced several absences due to staff contracting covid or been in close contact outside of work with someone who has covid and this affects our ability to answer the phones and provide appointments for you.

Continuing the appropriate infection control procedures protects our patients and their health and protects our primary care team to help you – we need a fully functioning team to continue to deliver a safe, effective, and responsive service to you.

Consultations will continue to be offered by telephone / video and then followed up face to face where clinically appropriate. We are increasing the number of face to face consultations for routine conditions. Our Practice Nurses and Doctors have seen patients face to face throughout the pandemic.

It is worth noting that we are consulting with higher numbers of patients than we ever did before the pandemic, whilst also having played a big part in the PCN COVID-19 vaccination programme delivery. We have always been open throughout the pandemic

We hope you will understand why we need to continue with these measures and keep the practice as safe for everyone as we can. We have all come so far in trying to minimise the impact of covid, let’s continue to stay safe together.

Thank you for your continued patience, understanding and support.

            


The Melksham and Bradford on Avon Primary Care Network Covid Vaccination team are thrilled to have been voted ‘Melksham’s group of the year 2021

The Melksham and Bradford on Avon Primary Care Network Covid Vaccination team are thrilled to have been voted ‘Melksham’s group of the year 2021’. It is truly wonderful to receive this award which recognises the incredible contribution of so many local people who has given their time so generously over the last 12 months to make the vaccination programme such a success. In addition, this award reflects the achievements of Giffords, Spa and Bradford on Avon surgeries who have delivered an uninterrupted primary care service throughout 2021 as well as the vaccination programme.
     
So many of our local community have come forward to support the vaccination drive in a bid to get as many people as possible vaccinated and protected against Covid and what an amazing job they have done! We have nearly 200 volunteers who between them have contributed to the delivery of 87, 000 covid vaccinations. These wonderful people have manned the car park (in all weathers), welcomed and guided people, manned reception, sorted IT issues, mixed, and managed vaccines as well as delivering the all-important covid vaccine into arms. They have done all this with a willingness, commitment and sense of humour that has made the clinics such a rewarding and happy place to work.
     
Our thanks go to the Spencer’s committee for their ongoing support and flexibility in providing such an excellent venue for the programme.
     
Knowing the vaccine drive has protected so many of our local community against serious illness from Covid 19 keeps the Covid vaccination team driving forward. 2022 see’s the vaccine centre continue at Spencer’s with numerous weekly clinics. Our best reward is seeing people of all ages (over 12yrs) continue to book their boosters or come along and get their first or second dose of vaccine. So please spread the word and book an appointment on the National booking service or just walk in to one of our clinics.
     
I know I speak on behalf of the whole team in saying how proud and grateful we are to have won this award- thank you to all those who nominated us and to the panel for making us the lucky recipients of this super local award.
     
Dr Abby Burgess
CVP lead Melksham and Bradford on Avon PCN
        
PCN Team

                   


Kickstart your Health for 2022

For more information click on the picture below

Better Health

                         


Enter your location to find NHS services near you 

Click on the image below and add your postcode to access these services and much more

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Are your children at Secondary School or College?

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GET BOOSTED

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GET BOOSTED

                       


Melksham and Bradford on Avon PCN will to continue to run the Covid Vaccination Clinic in Melksham at Spencers from Wednesday 15th December

Dear Patients
Following the announcement made by the government on Sunday evening advising that the target to vaccinate every adult has been brought forward to 31st December 2021, Melksham and Bradford on Avon Primary Care Network are pleased to announce that we will be offering vaccination clinics at Spencers from Wednesday 15th December and continue into 2022.
To book these clinic appointments you need to use the National Booking Service or 119.
Your GP surgery is not able to book appointments for you.
The clinic will not be able to accept any walk ins.

      


How to get the NHS COVID Pass and demonstrate your coronavirus (COVID-19) status when travelling abroad and domestically at events and venues in England.

Please click on the link here.


Prescription Requests

We are reverting back to our pre-pandemic policy of not accepting prescription requests over the telephone (apart from exceptional circumstances). This is in the interest of patient safety and  in addition we are looking reduce the number of telephone calls to the Practice which will improve telephone access for those in need of emergency help, advice or making an appointment.

How to Order Your Repeat Prescription

You will  be able to order your Repeat Prescription in the following ways:

  • Online via  SystmOnline: to register for this please click here.
  • Via the NHS App
  • Via your pharmacy if applicable
  • Via paper request in our letter box
  • Via batch prescriptions- Did you know we offer batches of prescriptions that are authorised by your GP to be dispensed regularly by the pharmacy?

This means that you only need to visit your pharmacy when you are running low. You will not need to request from us  while the batch is still running.

For more information visit: eRD information for patients | NHSBSA

If you would like this, please speak to a member of the Prescriptions team at the surgery or your pharmacy.

         


COVID-19 gathers like smoke.......

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Do you have asthma?

Do you sometime worry about the carbon footprint of your inhalers?

If so please read on......

Environmental impact of inhalers

                                     


A fantastic 12 months of Vaccine delivery comes to an end in Melksham

Melksham and Boa Primary Care Network would like to advise our patients that our local Covid Vaccination programme run from Spencers, Melksham will be ending on Friday 3rd December 2021.

Over the last 12m we will have delivered more than 77, 000 covid vaccinations and 16,000 flu vaccines to patients from Spa Giffords and Bradford on Avon Surgeries. 95% of our patients have had their second Covid vaccine and all patients have received offers. We anticipate by 3rd December over 8,000 boosters will have been given and we will have offered a vaccination to all eligible patients. Our Nursing and residential home residents have all received their booster and housebound patients are being vaccinated as I write.

Whilst delivering the vaccination programme we have continued to provide a full primary care service. Practices have increased capacity and are offering more appointments with clinicians and health professionals both by phone and face to face than pre-pandemic.

The vaccination programme would not have been possible without the simply wonderful support of our local community. Our thanks go to our team of dedicated clinical and non- clinical volunteers who have consistently worked to vaccinate our patients with professionalism and good humour. We are extremely grateful to Spencer’s Sport and Social club for hosting the programme and to the local council for their support.

Giffords, Spa and Bradford on Avon practices are hugely proud of what they have achieved in delivering vaccines to you, their patients. The time is now right to bring our local vaccine programme to a close to enable us to put all our efforts into our surgeries as we enter the challenging winter ahead.

We would encourage you to promptly book your covid boosters as soon as you receive an invite which be done after a minimum gap of 182 days since your second vaccine dose.

When Spencer’s completes it’s work appointments will be available at local Large Vaccination Centres such as Bath Race Course and some local pharmacies

                  


New dedicated out of hours line for domestic abuse 

Wiltshire Council will be operating a dedicated line from 5pm weekdays and all over the weekend for people who want to report concerns or seek help.

Wiltshire Council Domestic Abuse

                 


Two essential vaccines that you may need this winter

There are two essential vaccines that you may need this winter - flu and COVID-19 booster. Vaccines are the best way to protect yourself, friends and family from these dangerous viruses.
We are contacting all eligible patients, please bear with us if you are yet to receive contact inviting you to book your appointments.

Vaccine information

     


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Blood Bottle Shortage

We have been advised by NHS England that due to an international shortage of blood tubes, we are unable to carry out any routine blood tests for the time being.

If you already have a booked appointment for a blood test, it will be reviewed and only cancelled if the clinician feels it is safe to do so. If your appointment is cancelled you will be contacted directly to inform you. PLEASE DO NOT TELEPHONE THE SURGERY REGARDING THIS. 

The online facility to book routine blood tests has temporarily been disabled until we receive further notification from NHS England.

Thank you.join our team

Current vacancies:

  • Business & Practice Manager
  • Patient Services Manager
  • Clinical Trials Administrator
  • GP Locum

To view our current vacancies click here.


COVID-19 Boosters / Flu Vaccinations - Update!

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As soon as we receive government confirmation, we are planning to offer joint COVID-19 boosters and flu vaccinations at Spencer Sports & Social Club in Melksham for all our eligible patients.

We will notify you as soon as these clinics are available to book via SMS message, our website & facebook page, so please do not contact the surgery at this time.

We would like to reassure patients that further details will be released as soon as possible regarding how we are going to facilitate the pre-school child flu vaccinations, our local care home residents & our housebound patients.

For further details on the flu vaccination please click here.

Thank you for your patience.


50,000 COVID-19 Vaccinations!

Congratulations to our Primary Care Network (PCN) who have now administered 50,000 COVID-19 vaccinations to patients!

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Practice Newsletter - July 2021 - click here

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COVID-19 Control Measures

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We are aware of the planned move to lifting the remaining COVID-19 restrictions in England from the 19th July.
Medical settings are a higher risk environment and will need to be subject to more control measures than other public facilities.
We are acting very cautiously and are maintaining:
  • Social distancing
  • Face coverings
  • PPE for healthcare staff
  • Patients to wait outside or in their car for all face to face appointments

The delta variant is more transmissible and patients may come to the Surgery when they are contagious.

It is our duty to do all we can to keep both our patients and our staff safe whilst we deliver our care.

Thank you for your continued support.

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NHS Data Sharing

For information about how the NHS uses data for planning and research click here.

To 'opt out' click here (Please note the deadline for opting out has now been delayed to 1st September). 

Alternatively, call 0300 303 5678 (Mon-Fri 9:00-17:00 excluding bank holidays).


Post Lockdown Information

Please click here to read the latest statement from the Practice regarding our services post lockdown.

     


Considering a foreign holiday this year?

Need to demonstrate your vaccine status? 
Guidance on demonstrating your COVID Vaccine  status when travelling has now been published:
You will be able to access proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status through the free NHS App from 17th May.
It is recommended that you register with the app before booking any international travel.
Please do not contact your GP surgery about your COVID-19 vaccination status.
GPs cannot provide letters showing your COVID-19 vaccination status.
More than one million people download NHS App for Covid-19 passport

       


Vacancy for Honorary Treasurer of the Practice Patient Participation Group (PPG)

The management committee of the PPG have a vacancy for the position of Honorary Treasurer due to our Treasurer's retirement from the committee.

We will be very pleased if any patients could contact us to volunteer to join the PPG Committee in this valuable and rewarding position. The Honorary Treasurer is responsible for the administration and operation of all PPG financial matters.

Main duties included in the position:

  • Organise and operate the PPG bank account
  • Compile annual finance report and updates for committee and general meeting
  • Organise the administration of any fund-raising activities for the PPG
  • Organise the administration of donations, subscriptions and expenses

Further details will be provided.

All those interested in this position please contact the PPG Secretary, Denise, who will be very pleased to provide further information. Please email: ppgboam@gmail.com


Did you know the practice now has physio assessment appointments?

Book an appointment to speak to our specialist physio, Amy, today.

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