Welcome to the new look website. We are currently working to improve the look and feel of the website and the online services we offer. Your feedback is welcome.
Carer’s week 8th June – 14th June
Further information is available here.
NHS information – public testing for Coronavirus
Testing is now open to any member of the public with COVID-19 symptoms by visiting nhs.uk/coronavirus or calling 119 to book a test.
Check if you have Coronavirus symptoms
The main symptoms of Coronavirus are:
- High temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- New, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
- Loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.
Most people with Coronavirus have at least one of these symptoms.
Further information here
The Partners would like to welcome Dr Sarah Kippax - F2 and Hilary Field a student nurse completing her back to nursing course to the Surgery.
Carers and Covid
Further information available here
Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme
DOMESTIC ABUSE: You are not alone
DOMESTIC ABUSE: It's not OK! STOP
Wiltshire IAPT Service - Continued Provision
The Wiltshire IAPT Service team of practitioners are all offering telephone assessments for new patients who are booking in through our usual route of calling our administration team in Devizes – 01380 731335. In addition we are also offering treatment sessions by telephone to our existing patients.
Surgery Opening Times
Please click here.
Contraceptive Pill Reviews
If you are due a contraceptive pill review please click on the below link to complete the questionnaire:
Contraceptive Pill Questionnaire
All completed forms to be posted to the Practice or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Caring and COVID-19
CORONAVIRUS - Wash your hands
BoA - The HUB
Electronic Repeat Dispensing
Coronavirus (COVID-19): latest information and advice. Please click here.
In January 108 patients failed to attend Nurse and GP appointments
Wiltshire Mind Young People's Counselling
Wiltshire Mind Young People's Counselling Leaflet
Wiltshire Counselling Service
Further Information: Wiltshire Counselling Service Leaflet
Moved to the UK? - Get Up-To-Date With Your Vaccinations
For further information please see the leaflet here:Vaccination Leaflet
The Practice is experiencing unprecedented demand for clinical appointments and we invite our patients to register for Doctorlink, an online symptom assessment platform, providing patients the ability to seek clinically approved medical advice 24/7.
Through its clinical decision algorithm, Doctorlink helps people engage in their health and wellbeing, guiding them to the right care.
Doctorlink is free, simple and easy to use!
Click here to register
If Doctorlink advises that you need to see a clinician, your details will be sent directly to the Practice and we will contact you with an appointment by telephone.
Please ensure you update the Practice with your contact telephone details.
St Damian's Surgery, Melksham - Notice of Closure
The Practice is sad to formally announce the closure of St. Damian's Surgery, Melksham on 31 March 2020, after the application was accepted by the Clinical Commissioning Group.
Those patients who wish to remain with the Practice will be automatically transferred to the Bradford on Avon Health Centre on 31 March 2020.
To read the full letter that has been sent to all patients please click here
To read the frequently asked question document in response to patient concerns raised please click here
If you would like to pick up a hard copy of the letter you can do so at any of our Practice sites.
Green Tree Health - Notice of Closure
Green Tree Health (11 St. Margaret's Street, Bradford on Avon) has now permanently closed for business.
We are pleased to confirm that Chris Smith (Physiotherapist) and Gina Brown (Podiatrist) have relocated their clinics to an alternative premises in Bradford on Avon. To book an appointment and for more details on their new location please call the temporary telephone number shown below:
Thank you to our patients who have supported the Therapists over the years.
Cervical Cancer Prevention Week 20th -26th January
Smear tests aren’t easy for everyone, but they can save lives.
The number of people going for smear tests is lower than ever. Together we can change this! We want everyone to know what a smear test is for, why they’re important and ways to make them better.
Find out what it’s all about
Smear tests prevent 75% of cervical cancers, so while they may not be pleasant, they are important. Join the campaign to ensure every woman understands the importance of screening in preventing cervical cancer.
Let’s talk about it
There are lots of reasons smear tests can be difficult. But however you feel and whatever your question or concern, you’re not alone.
"Until recently, I thought it was just me anxious about smear tests - if anything the #SmearForSmear campaign this year reminded me - you're not alone, don't put it off"
For more information please click here
Carers support group cafe
Public Consultation - Proposed St Damian’s Branch Surgery Closure, Melksham
We invite your response to the proposed closure of our St Damian’s Branch Surgery in Melksham.
Please complete the questionnaire in the link below before the 10th January 2020. Alternatively these questionnaires are available at St Damian's Surgery, Winsley Health Centre, St Margaret's Surgery & Bradford on Avon Health Centre, there is a collection box at each of these locations.
Please read the reasons for the proposed closure in the following document:
BOAMHP Poppy Appeal
We are please to report that staff and patients raised £64.97
We offer appointments outside the Practice's normal working hours for those patients who find it difficult to make appointments, due to work and family commitments.
During Extended Hours, patients have the opportunity to book a telephone consultation appointment with a Doctor or arrange for a nurse appointment to have for example a smear test, blood test or flu jab.
Extended Hours surgeries are held as follows:
Bradford on Avon Health Centre
Monday to Thursday Evenings 18.30-20.00
Tuesday Mornings 7.30-8.00
Monthly Friends and Family Test
Since 1st December 2014, Doctors Surgeries are being asked to take part in the 'Friends and Family Test'.
To do this we are conducting a short survey to find out how you feel about the services we provide and how likely you are to recommend us to friends/family.
TO TAKE PART
The survey is located here - it is also available as part of the Suggestion Box in the waiting room. We look forward to hearing from you!
Over 50. Think you can't get HIV?
The Herbert Protocol - Wiltshire Police and Alzheimer's Support launch new initiative
Wiltshire Police is launching the Herbert Protocol in partnership with Alzheimer’s Support on the 19th September.
The Herbert protocol is effectively a diary of information kept by a carer, family member or close friend of someone who suffers with dementia, which, in the case of the sufferer going missing, the information booklet can be handed over to the police to aid with their search for that person. More information is contained here.
We are recruiting!
Click here for more details!
Carers Café in Bradford-on-Avon: 1st Tuesday of the Month
The Partners would like to welcome Dr Alice Pembridge and Dr Charlotte Tawse, both final year registrars, to the Surgery.
Dr Alice Pembridge
Dr Charlotte Tawse
Download the free MJOG app for secure, two-way communication with Bradford-on-Avon and Melksham Health Partnership
If you are registered patient with us over the age of 16 and have a smart phone, download the free MJOG app today!
MJOG provides a simple and secure channel for two-way communications between the Practice and you, including:
- Handy appointment reminders
- Instant notifications from their GP Practice
- One-click process for cancelling their appointments
- Private and secure messaging
MJOG can be downloaded from the App Store, or Google Play. It’s really easy to use and has no hidden messaging costs.
Please ensure that we have your up to date contact details
IT STARTS WITH ME
Your Local Transforming Care for Older People Team
Congratulations to Heather!
We would like to congratulate our Practice Pharmacist, Heather Call, who successfully completed the 26.2 mile London Marathon!
Heather completed the race in 5 hours 12 minutes to raise money for Dementia Revolution and Heads Together.
Heather has raised over £1000 for this worthy cause.
We are very proud to share Heather’s courageous achievement and commend Heather for the dedication she has put into the many hours of training
The Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) no longer supports prescribing of hay fever medicines on the NHS. If treatment is needed, a wide range of preparations can be purchased from pharmacies, supermarkets and other stores without seeing a doctor.
Speak to your local pharmacist to get advice on the best treatment for your symptoms and always read the patient information leaflet included.
Further information is available here. Hay Fever
Cervical Screening can stop cancer before it starts
St. Damian's Prescription Service
As from 1 March 2019 the St. Damian's Surgery reception will no longer be processing repeat prescription requests and this will now operate at the Health Centre, BoA.
Please click here to find out how to order your repeat prescription.
If you normally collect your prescription from St. Damian's Surgery you will now be required to collect from the Health Centre, BoA. Alternatively, we can send your prescription electronically to a Pharmacy of your choosing. To register for this service please contact your local Pharmacist or telephone the Prescription Team on 01225 866611.
In line with CQC guidance of the safe management of medicines all prescription requests are not accepted over the telephone. Any housebound patient that has difficulty ordering their repeat prescription can contact our Transforming Care for Older People Team for support on 01225 860812.
The Patient Participation Group DATES OF FUTURE MEETINGS/EVENTS
All meetings will be held at The Health Centre, Bradford on Avon, at 7pm, unless otherwise stated.
The dates of future meetings are:
9th June 2020, Topic - Diet & Exercise for Health
15th September 2020, Topic – Telemedicine
1st December 2020, Christmas social event
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.
Reasons for a Home Visit
Solutions 4 Health- Wiltshire Council
Solutions 4 Health has been commissioned by Public Health, to provide a new adult weight management programme for Wiltshire. With a significant track record in tackling health inequalities, through the delivery of innovative prevention and behaviour change programmes, Solutions 4 Health (S4H) is a leading provider of public health services across the country. Examples of the health improvement programmes and services we currently provide can be found here.
List of January 2019 Courses
Wiltshire Weight loss leaflet
Changes to availability of gluten free foods on NHS prescription
Following a consultation on the availability gluten-free foods at NHS expense in primary care in England, the Department of Health and Social Care announced in February 2018 that gluten free food prescribing would be restricted to Gluten Free breads and Gluten Free mixes only.
For more information pleas click here
CAMHS - Patient or Parents can now self refer
Young people and their parents can self refer themselves to CAMHS services. The GP does not need to make a formal referral.
Phone: 01865 903777
Melksham Community CAMHS Melksham Hospital Spa Road Melksham Wiltshire SN12 7NZ
Remembrance Day - BOA & Melksham Leg Club
IMPROVED ACCESS TO PRIMARY CARE
Do you struggle to attend appointments during the working week?
Wiltshire patients can now arrange to be seen 18:30-20:00 Monday-Friday, Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays.
Practices across West Wiltshire are working together to provide additional appointments, you may need to travel to be seen by another surgery.
For Bradford on Avon & Melksham Health Partnership: Monday to Thursday evenings will be provided at The Health Centre in Bradford on Avon, with Friday evenings and Saturday mornings being provided from one of three hubs in rotation Giffords Surgery in Melksham, Trowbridge Health Centre or Westbury Group Practice. Sunday mornings will be provided from Southbroom Surgery in Devizes.
To book one of these appointments, please contact your registered Surgery during normal opening hours.
You will need to give consent for your medical information to be shared between Practices to use this service.
This is aimed at those patients who are unable to access daytime medical care during the week and we anticipate that demand may be high, so please bear with us, particularly during this pilot phase.
For more information, please contact your usual GP surgery.
Following a period of national consultations, NHS England issued new guidance on over the counter medicines. This means that for 35 minor, short-term health conditions over the counter medicines will not be routinely prescribed.
To find out more about which conditions are affected visit:
Getting to hospital - are you a patient registered with a Wiltshire GP
Is your heart older than you?
Do you know your heart age? Adults across the country are being encouraged to take a few minutes out of their day to get to know their heart age by taking a free online, ‘Heart Age Test’, which asks physical and lifestyle related information, as well as blood pressure and cholesterol, and determines if someone’s heart is at a higher age than their actual age.
Having a heart age older than your chronological age means that you are at a higher risk of having a heart attack or stroke, which are the two main forms of cardiovascular disease, which is the second leading cause of death in the country. It is estimated that over 50 deaths a day from these conditions could be prevented if people had a better understanding of their heart health.**
The Heart Age Test has been completed 1.9 million times so far and four out of five of those have a heart age higher than their chronological age. To find out your heart age, search ‘Heart Age’ or go to: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/nhs-health-check/check-your-heart-age-tool/
** This figure has been derived from investigating the number of deaths of this kind in people under 75 years of age
Be Clear on Cancer campaign urges people to “tell their doctor” if they notice blood in their pee
On 19th July, a Be Clear on Cancer campaign will launch to raise awareness of ‘blood in pee’ as a key symptom of bladder and kidney cancer.
The campaign is urging people to tell their doctor straight away if they notice blood in their pee, even if it is just once. Blood in pee is a key symptom for both bladder and kidney cancers and these cancers are more treatable if they are found early.
Knowing the symptoms of bladder and kidney cancers and going to see the doctor if you have any of them could save your life.
For more information, visit www.nhs.uk/bloodinpee