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IMPORTANT NOTICE  - ST DAMIAN'S SURGERY PROPOSED CLOSURE 


We will be holding drop in clinics at our St Damian’s Surgery, Melksham for our patients to come and discuss their concerns with our management team on:



  • Monday 19th November: 9am until 12 noon & 2pm until 4pm.

  • Wednesday 21st November:  9am until 12 noon & 2pm until 4pm.


There will be two public consultations meeting on:



  • Wednesday 5th December at 2pm at the Assembly Hall Melksham

  • Monday 10th December at 7pm in the Town Hall, Melksham.


  


Although we understand that you may have questions, it would be helpful if you could attend these specific meetings, where we will try and address your concerns and ensure that you receive all of the information that you need at this time. This will enable us to continue the provision of our clinical care, as normal, until a formal decision has been reached.

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The Surgery is Dementia Friendly 

For more information on how you can get involved please visit the national website: 

www.dementiafriends.org.uk

 posted 18.08.15



Bradford on Avon Dementia Action Alliance.

The steering group of the Bradford on Avon Area Dementia Action Alliance has recently set three targets to be achieved before April 2017

  • The steering group of the Bradford on Avon Area Dementia Action Alliance has recently set three targets to be achieved before April 2017:
  • l Establish a network of local Dementia Friends Champions, ready to collaborate and deliver Dementia Friends Information Sessions
  • l Set up a Directory of Community Assets (local dementia friendly facilities and services)
  • l Organise a Dementia Friends Information Session in each of the 8 villages and a further 8 sessions in businesses and other community organisations

For more information please click here

There are lots of different ways to get involved – please contact Chris Maple

Dementia Adviser (Trowbridge & Bradford on Avon.)

 

Alzheimer's Support

Park House

1 Park Road

Trowbridge

Wiltshire

BA14 8AQ

01.08.16


Chris Maple

Dementia Service

If you are worried about your memory you should arrange to speak to a doctor about this. It may be that your symptoms are not dementia but are caused by something else which you can get treatment for. It is natural for people’s memories to get a little worse as the body ages, however, if your memory problems are causing difficulties in your day to day life, you should speak to your doctor about it.

The doctor will want to know about your day to day life and how you are coping. They will run some physical tests, including blood tests, and a short memory test. They may refer you to a memory clinic if they suspect your symptoms are due to a less common type of dementia.

If you do get a diagnosis of dementia you will have lots of questions. There is a Dementia Adviser called Chris Maple. Anyone who receives a diagnosis of dementia should have an appointment with Chris and he will answer questions, help work out any benefits you are eligible for and tell you what services are available in your area.

If your symptoms change you should speak with your doctor. It may be that a different and treatable illness is making the dementia appear to be worse. If you find the short time allocated for a doctor’s appointment too stressful, please ask for a double appointment when booking your appointment. This will allow you more time to speak to the doctor.

While there is no cure for dementia, there is medication which can slow down the progression of the diseases. This is one reason why it is good to get a diagnosis as early as possible.

There are lots of services available for people with dementia, which Chris can tell you about. However, if you feel that you are coping well at this stage, Chris will arrange for a follow-up phone call every 6 months to check how you are getting on. As the disease progresses you may need more support, and in Wiltshire this is provided by a charity called Alzheimer’s Support.

Alzheimer’s Support’s range of flexible services support people living at home with mild to moderate dementia; helping them to maintain as much independence and control over their lives as possible.  It works alongside family carers, providing information and emotional support throughout the course of the illness.

Alzheimer’s Support’s services include –

  • Music for the maind – at the Wiltshire Music Centre
  • Movement for the Mind – a gentle exercise class in Bowerhill in Melksham
  • Art Group – in Holt
  • Day Clubs for people with dementia – the nearest one is in Trowbridge
  • Support groups and training courses for family carers
  • Free counselling
  • Support workers who can spend time with someone with dementia, doing whatever the person wants to do.

Alzheimer’s Support is always happy to answer questions and provide support. You can call on 01225 776481, email office@alzheimerswiltshire.org.uk or drop in to our office at Park House, 1 Park Road, Trowbridge, BA14 8AQ. The office is open 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday. Information is also available at www.alzheimerswiltshire.org.uk

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Dementia services provided by Bradford on Avon Health Centre

  • Memory Café at the Dog and Fox Pub, Ashley Road, Bradford on Avon, BA15 1RT. This takes place from 3-4.30pm on the first Thursday of each month, and is an opportunity for people with dementia and their carers to meet up. A range of activities takes place, all accompanied by tea/coffee and cake.

 

Planning for the future

If you get a diagnosis of dementia it is essential to think about what the future will bring and to make sure that your financial and legal affairs are in order.

Swan Advocacy Service offer a free service you help you create a ‘Living Well Plan’. This plan is a record of what is important to you now and in the future, your choices, plans, hopes and preferences. What you think and your wishes are recorded for those who may need to make decisions on your behalf in the future. Details can be found at www.swanadvocacy.org.uk/wiltshire or by calling 03333 447928.

 

What is dementia?

The word dementia describes a set of symptoms that may at first include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language. Later it may affect someone physically as the brain’s ability to control the body declines.

Dementia is caused when the brain is damaged by diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease or a series of strokes. It is not a natural part of aging.

There are over 100 different types of dementia, and all types of dementia are progressive. This means that the structure and chemistry of the brain become increasingly damaged over

09.02.17


 

Memory Cafe - BOA 

A Café has opened in Bradford on Avon to support people living with memory problems and their carer’s.

This initiative is being run by The Bradford on Avon and Melksham Health Partnership to provide information and social support, and also a place to meet up.

Amanda Brookes Business Manager at Bradford on Avon Health centre feels it is important to bring this vital service to the town. As the Health Centre currently have over 200 Patients registered with Dementia, and there is limited places for Patient’s and their carer’s to go to get help & support within Bradford on Avon. The objective for the café is to be a fun place to come for information and to network with people in a similar position.

The current plan is to hold monthly session on the first Thursday of every month at The Dog and Fox Inn in Ashley Road between 3 – 4.30 pm. The Health Centre who are funding the project and supplying the dementia specialist staff, have said that if the idea proves popular in the town then they will consider holding it more frequently.

The first session was well attended by both Patient’s and Carers and was a great success for all concerned. The plan is now to incorporate activities into each session. Please find below the itinerary for the forthcoming monthly cafés; -

No appointment is necessary to attend the café, but please note it is only for Patient’s who are registered with The Bradford on Avon and Melksham Health Partnership. Any queries please contact Ruth Randall Tel: 01225 867876

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 New Memory Cafe - Wiltshire Times Article 

Please click here to read the article from the Wiltshire Times on the opening of the Dementia memory Cafe opening at the Dog & Fox in BOA.

Posted 07.05.15

Topic of Focus for the month of May 2015:

DEMENTIA - Dementia Awareness and the services we can provide

Amanda Brookes and her team would like to promote the Dementia staff & services which can be available to patients and their carers .

GP led review clinic at St Margarets Surgery

Chris Maple Dementia adviser for Alzheimer’s  Support in West Wiltshire, covering Trowbridge and Bradford On Avon.

New Memory Café—Dog & Fox

This information will be displayed on our notice boards, including Dementia handouts.

   Staff have attended the Dementia Friends information sessions and the Practice has become a Dementia Friendly Surgery

For more information on how you can get involved please visit the national website:

www.dementiafriends.org.uk

 

 
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