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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

                   


Spencer’s in Melksham continues to offer COVID-19 vaccines

Spencer’s in Melksham continues to offer vaccines and has plenty of availability throughout January. 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
     
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
        
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Are your children at Secondary School or College?

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GET BOOSTED

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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

     


DO YOU LOOK AFTER SOMEONE? Are you 16 - 25?

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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.

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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).


Welcome to Brittany, Emily, Amber, Leona, Leanne & Jemima!

We would like to welcome our newest recruits who have joined the Practice as Medical Receptionists.

Brittany Emily amber leona leanne

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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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