HAD YOUR SPRING BOOSTER?
PPG NEWSLETTER (13/05/22)
WE ARE RECRUITING (25/04/22)
We have a vacancy for a salaried GP to join our friendly, patient-focused practice. This is a golden opportunity for both newly qualified GPs or experienced GPs to come and join a forward-looking, dynamic, multi-disciplinary team, where mutual support is our ethos. For an informal chat please contact Kathy Bartley, Practice Manager, or Dr Donal Hynes, GP Partner - we would love to hear from you. For more information please visit our Staff Vacancies page.
HEALTH WALKS (05/04/22)
Health Walks are designed to attract people of all ages who want to improve their health, meet new people as well as explore their local environment. Walking groups are led by trained Volunteer Walk Leaders who have reached the standard of delivery set by the county Somerset Health Walks initiative. Redgate and Somerset Bridge Medical Centres are affiliated with the initiative and host regular walks on Wednesdays at 12.30 pm. For more details please speak to reception.
Walk Dates: April to June 2022
|Date: ||Time: ||Meeting Point|
|Wednesday 13 April||12.30||Somerset Bridge MC|
|Wednesday 28 April||12.30||Redgate MC|
|Wednesday 11 May||12.30||Somerset Bridge MC|
|Wednesday 25 May||12.30||Redgate MC|
|Wednesday 8 June||12.30 ||Somerset Bridge MC|
|Wednesday 22 June||12.30||Redgate MC|
COVID-19 SPRING BOOSTERS FOR PATIENTS 75 AND OVER (28/03/22)
Those aged 75 and over, care home residents and immunosuppressed patients aged 12 years and over are going to be offered a further Covid-19 Booster vaccination in the coming weeks. There is no need to contact the practice about this as you will receive your invite directly from the NHS. For further information about the vaccination programme please read the leaflet below.
COVID-19 Spring Booster Information leafletSomerset Covid Vaccination Programme - FAQ
LAUNCH 0F RESILIENCE COURSE FOR MILITARY VETERANS
NHS APP - VACCINATION CERTIFICATES (11/06/21
Unfortunately we are unable to issue your Covid-19 vaccination status certificate at the practice. Please see here. for further information. Proof of your vaccination status is available on the NHS App, which is also valuable for accessing your health records and ordering repeat prescriptions.
The NHS App can be downloaded from here for iPhone or here for android.
Alternatively you can call the NHS helpline on 119 and ask for a letter to be posted to you. This must be at least 5 days after you’ve completed your course of the vaccine (2 doses), the letter may to take up to 5 days to reach you.
INFORMATION SHARING 12/05/21
This practice is supporting vital health and care planning and research by sharing your data with NHS Digital. For more information about this see the GP Practice Privacy Notice or go to.
General Practice Data for Planning and Research: GP Practice Privacy Notice - NHS Digital
FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK
Keep up-to-date with what's happening at the Practice by visiting our Facebook page Redgate and Somerset Medical Centre
NATIONAL AWARD FINALISTS 27/10/20
Redgate and Somerset Bridge Medical Centre were the only GP practice in the UK to reach the finals of the Student Nursing Times Awards 2020 in the category of 'Student Placement of the Year'. Despite not winning the coveted award it was a wonderful achievement for the entire practice team and great recognition for all the hard work and effort put into training and supporting our nurses of the future.
MY DIABETES, MY WAY SOMERSET
My Way Digital Health provide diabetes online structured education courses that have been commissioned by Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group These are free for patients to access.
To sign up go to www.somerset.mydiabetes.com/
COVID-19 ADVICE FOR PARENTS
Parents - have you seen this helpful traffic light poster from Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health on what do to when your child is unwell or injured? Your GP is still here for you, and you can contact us in the usual way by calling them, but please do not visit without an appointment. See the poster here:
SOMERSET CORONAVIRUS HELPLINE
A single phone number is now available for anyone in Somerset who needs Coronavirus-related support from their councils.
The number, 0300 790 6275, is now live and will make it easier for people access any local authority help they may need, including emotional support, in the current crisis.
It links together the district and county council contact centres and will be operating seven days a week, 8am to 6pm, making it the one number you need to remember for Coronavirus-related enquiries. The district and county councils usual phone numbers will be running as normal alongside the new number for non-Coronavirus related issues.
The new number won’t cover medical advice, for which people will need to continue to use the 111 NHS online service and only ring 111 if they cannot get help online.
Anyone who can’t find help within their own local networks and volunteers, can use the new number to get help and advice around:
- Personal care and support including food and delivery of prescriptions
- Support for the homeless
- Emotional support if you’re feeling worried or anxious
- Transport to medical appointments
- Waste collection and disposal
- Financial support
Callers will be asked to describe the support they require and will be connected with others for resolution.
The 0300 790 6275 number is being staffed by the five councils in Somerset and will be available seven days per week 8am – 6pm.
Meanwhile, the five councils in Somerset are getting in touch with people on their data base that may be vulnerable to see if they need assistance with anything like supplies of food, help with transport and other support.
If people are interested in volunteering for example helping people out with shopping or picking up prescriptions they can go to https://www.corona-helpers.co.uk/ to register.
ADVICE FOR ASTHMA SUFFERERS
Asthma UK has some very useful advice for asthma sufferers during the COVID-19 outbreak. For more information click here.
FAMILY MATTERS - SUPPORT AVAILABLE
Ups and downs of family life can be magnified during a time of crisis like the current COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak, and there are support services there for anyone, parent or child, who is struggling, as well as those who simply want more information. Click here or go to our Family Matters page for details of resources and organisations that can provide support to you and your family.
SUPPORT WITH THE MENOPAUSE
Pop along for a chat with our Nurse Practitioner, Alison Williams at one of our evening Drop-In sessions. No booking required.
HOW LONG WILL MY INFECTION LAST?
At this time of year many people suffer with sore throats, coughs and simple colds. Antibiotics are only effective against bacterial infections, and colds are caused by viruses. Pharmacists can advise you on the best over-the-counter medicine to help relieve your symptoms.
A person with a cold can start spreading it from a few days before their symptoms begin until the symptoms have finished.
The best ways to avoid catching a cold are:
- washing your hands with warm water and soap
- not sharing towels or household items (like cups) with someone who has a cold
- not touching your eyes or nose in case you have come into contact with the virus – it can infect the body this way
- staying fit and healthy
The flu vaccine helps prevent flu but not colds. The chart below details how long the symptoms of viral infections usually last. If symptoms continue for more than 3 weeks, worsen, or you are concerned you should always consult your GP.
SMS TEXT MESSAGE REMINDERS
We are pleased to announce that we now offer a free SMS text messaging service to patients. If you are aged 18 or over and have already provided your mobile telephone number to the practice you will now automatically receive important information by text message, including helpful reminders of the date and time of your next booked appointment.
If you are not sure whether you are registered for this free SMS text messaging service, then please speak to reception and ensure they have your correct mobile telephone details.
If you would prefer to OPT OUT of this service then please reply to the text received with the word 'STOP'.
NEW SERVICE: WEIGHT MANAGEMENT SUPPORT
Need help to lose weight? We can help you with dietary advice, meal planning tips, help with portion sizes, managing a food diary and a FREE Weigh-In.
Book an appointment with Kirsty today.
WHEN SHOULD I WORRY?
Having an ill child can be a very scary experience for parents. If you understand more about the illness it can help you to feel more in control. This booklet is for parents (and older children) and deals with common infections in children who are normally healthy. It is not meant for children who have ongoing health problems such as asthma, heart, or kidney problems.
You should not rely on the advice in this leaflet for children who are less than 3 months old. Babies younger than this can respond differently to infections"
Download/print this booklet:
PLANTING BULBS IN THE COMMUNITY
Our volunteer gardeners joined forces last week with Sydenham Improvement Group to help repair the seating and plant bulbs outside Bridgwater College.
Our volunteer gardeners meet at Redgate Medical Centre every Tuesday at 12 noon. If you can spare an hour please pop along and give them a helping hand. We are really interested to receive your ideas on the design of the new garden at Somerset Bridge and what types of plants and shrubs you would like to see planted. You can leave your suggestions at Reception.
EVENING AND WEEKEND GP SERVICES
You can now access appointments in the evening and at the weekend if you are registered at a practice in the Bridgwater or surrounding area. For information on how to book these appointments please see the attached information. Improved Access Frequently Asked Questions
C-CARD SCHEME FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
Somerset Bridge and Redgate Medical Centres are now condom issue points. For details of the C-Card Scheme please click on the link below
SINGING FOR BETTER BREATHING
There’s increasing evidence that singing regularly as part of a group is good for your health and general well being.
There’s also research that suggests group singing has benefits if you have a long-term lung condition such as asthma, COPD or emphysema.
It can help reduce your feelings of being short of breath by strengthening the muscles you use when you breath and help you to feel more in control of your breathing. Singing can increase the strength of your voice, improve your posture, increase your lung capacity and boost your body’s response to infection.
Would you be interested in joining a singing group at the Practice?
If this is something of interest to you, please leave your contact details at Reception.
HEARING AID BATTERIES
Somerset Bridge Medical Centre is now an official stockist of hearing aid batteries. Please enquire at Reception
ONLINE COUNSELLING FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
Free, safe and anonymous online counselling and support for young people aged 10-16 years. Click on link for details https://kooth.com/
COMMUNITY GARDENING GROUP
In partnership with Somerset Activity & Sports Partnership (SASP) we have recently established a Community Gardening Group at Redgate Medical Centre. A group of volunteer patients and friends from both practices meet every Tuesday at the practice at 12 pm. Work is already well underway transforming the garden outside the main entrance at Redgate. If you are interested in getting involved in the group, please leave your details at Reception or just come along and join in. All gardening equipment is provided and we even provide liquid refreshment afterwards ! Even if you are not able to garden due to mobility problems we would still like to hear from you.
If you have any plants, cuttings, bulbs or potting compost that you are able to donate to the group please contact reception. We would be most grateful for anything you can spare.
THE FRIENDS AND FAMILY TEST
The Friends and Family Test (FFT) is an important feedback tool that supports the fundamental principle that people who use NHS services should have the opportunity to provide feedback on their experience.
It asks people if they would recommend the services they have used and offers a range of responses. When combined with supplementary follow-up questions, the FFT provides a mechanism to highlight both good and poor patient experience. This kind of feedback is vital in transforming NHS services and supporting patient choice.
Launched in April 2013, the FFT question has been asked in all NHS inpatient and A&E departments across England and, since October 2013, all providers of NHS funded maternity services. In its first year, more than 2 million individual responses were given.
The feedback gathered through the FFT is being used in NHS organisations across the country to stimulate local improvement and empower staff to carry out the sorts of changes that make a real difference to patients and their care.
While the results will not be statistically comparable against other organisations because of the various data collection methods, FFT will continue to provide a broad measure of patient experience that can be used alongside other data to inform service improvement and patient choice.
Publishing results of the Friends and Family Test
The results of the FFT are published at monthly intervals on both NHS England and NHS Choices websites
NEW PATIENT GROUP MEMBERS NEEDED
We are currently looking to expand the membership of our Patient Group. We would be particularly interested in recruiting representation from patients aged 18 - 40 and especially those who are parents of young children or teenagers. More information is available in the Patient Group area of this website . If you would be interested in finding out more about this group please contact the surgery.
BIRTHDAY ANNUAL REVIEW
Patients who have conditions such as diabetes, asthma, COPD, hypothyroidism, cardiovascular disease or high blood pressure will have a single review for all their long term medical problems each year in the month of their birthday. This will reduce the number of visits patients have to make to have their long term conditions monitored which we hope will be much more convenient. We would encourage you to contact the practice around the time of your birthday to book a Birthday Review appointment if this applies to you.
Transferring from the old system to a birthday review system is going to be challenging and may result in some patients being seen earlier or later than they initially expected. The doctors would like to thank all their patients for their support whilst we are implementing these changes