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Birchwood Medical Practice

Phone:0117 330 4223
Phone:0117 330 4225
Fax:0117 330 4301

MORE ABOUT PARKRUN! ( posted on Sep 14, 2018 )

WE ARE A PARKRUN PRACTICE!!! ( posted on Sep 14, 2018 )

Birchwood is delighted to share that it is now received its certificate from the Royal College of General Practitioners as a recognised Parkrun GP Practice in conjunction with Windmill Hill Junior Parkrun on Sundays.

 

RCGP Clinical Champion for Physical Activity & Lifestyle, Dr Andrew Boyd is involved in this initiative and says:


"Inactivity is a leading cause of premature illness and death in the UK. GPs and their teams play a key role in encouraging and empowering their patients to get more active in the best interests of their health. parkrun provides an accessible, non-intimidating local opportunity for patients and staff to increase their activity levels, and have fun doing it, all in the great outdoors - and for free!"

Whether people want to improve their fitness, make new friends, cope with health problems, learn new skills or simply be outside with others, parkrun has a positive impact on health and wellbeing and changes lives.

  • Free, weekly 5k events for all ages from 4+, every Saturday morning, in areas of open space 
  • 2k junior parkruns for 4-14 year olds and their families on Sunday mornings
  • Over 750 locations in UK
  • Organised by local volunteer teams
  • Not races: walk, run, jog, volunteer or spectate
  • parkrun is open to all, including those who are inactive or have health conditions or disabilities
  • Improve health and wellbeing through physical activity, including volunteering
  • Socialise, make friends and be part of a welcoming, supportive community? 

Involvement in this initiative will help practices:

  • Improve the health and wellbeing of practice staff 
  • improve the health and wellbeing of patients and carers, reducing the need for lifelong medication
  • Raise awareness amongst the parkrun community of services that practices provide
  • Contribute to the development of a local community and environment that is centred around wellness generation
  • Support the UK-wide movement to scale up social prescribing activities


So, when you come and see us, please do not be surprised if we recommend Parkrun as a way of keeping fit and improving your health and wellbeing over all! Our practice manager goes with her family most weekends!

 

Local Parkruns are at Windmill Hill and Eastville. For more info click here

 

NURSE STAFF SICKNESS ( posted on Sep 14, 2018 )

We are so sorry but we are experiencing issues with our nurse appointments due to staff sickness.

We are hoping to be able to get some short term cover, but please do bear with us at this challenging time.

If you are needing dressing changes we may contact you to collect the dressings and attend the Walk In Centre at Hengrove to ensure you have the continuing clinical care that you require. or we will call you to rearrange. If you are concerned, please call us to check your appointment.

Once again, please accept our sincere apologies. Staff sickness is outside of our control.
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Roll up, Roll up.... your SLEEVE!!! TIME TO BOOK YOUR FLU VAC! ( posted on Aug 29, 2018 )

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Time to book your free FLU Vaccination! We are booking appointments from next week!

 

Call 0117 330 4225

 

Not sure if you are eligible for a free flu vaccination?

 

ALL AGED 65YRS AND OVER GET IT FOR FREE

 

The full list of eligible groups for the 2018/19 service are:

  • all people aged 65 years and over (including those becoming age 65 years by 31st March 2019);
  • people aged from 18 to less than 65 years of age with one or more of the following medical conditions:
    • chronic (long-term) respiratory disease, such as severe asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or bronchitis;
    • chronic heart disease, such as heart failure;
    • chronic kidney disease at stage three, four or five;
    • chronic liver disease;
    • chronic neurological disease, such as Parkinson’s disease or motor neurone disease, or learning disability;
    • diabetes;
    • immunosuppresion, a weakened immune system due to disease (such as HIV/AIDS) or treatment (such as cancer treatment);
    • asplenia or splenic dysfunction;
    • morbid obesity
  • pregnant women aged 18 or over (including those women who become pregnant during the flu season);
  • people aged 18 or over living in long-stay residential care homes or other long-stay care facilities*;
  • social care workers;
  • hospice workers;
  • carers aged 18 or over; or
  • household contacts of immunocompromised individuals who are aged 18 or over.

BANK HOLIDAY PHARMACY OPENING HOURS ( posted on Aug 23, 2018 )

Now this is how to enjoy the sunshine of a Bank Holiday!

 

However, if you need to see a pharmacist or pick up a prescription urgently, click here for their opening hours over the August Bank Holiday Weekend.

 

Have a great weekend and hope you don't need them

 


 

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YOU SAID, WE LISTENED, WE TOOK ACTION!! ( posted on Aug 23, 2018 )

 

 

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You Said:
Your phone lines are terrible and we can never get through!

We listened (and apologised):
The phone lines were shared in the building so we were tied into a contract until 2018

We took action:
On expiry of the contract we have sourced dedicated phone lines into Birchwood. This should increase your ability to get through at busy times!

Please bear with us as we learn the new sytem - we are even going to bring in options for you to select in a few weeks

6TH BEST GP PRACTICE IN BRISTOL, SOUTH GLOS & NORTH SOMERSET ( posted on Aug 13, 2018 )

The ongoing GP Patient Survey takes in the opinions of more than a million people a year, and covers everything from trust patients have in their doctor to the attitude of the reception desk and how easy it is to get an appointment.

 

This year our patients rated us so well that we are in the top 13% of practices nationally and No. 6 in the 3 county area.

 

The team is so proud and so happy that we are making our patients happy!

 

Thank you to all of those who gave feedback - it means so much.

 

There are still areas for improvement and

we will listen and take action!!!

 

Pharmacy First & Navigating Patients ( posted on Jul 27, 2018 )

Pharmacy First Campaign Launch

 

Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire CCG is encouraging local people to visit their ‘pharmacy first’ for minor ailments such as coughs and colds, hay fever and indigestion.

 

A fifth of GP appointments are taken up by these minor illnesses which could be better dealt with in other settings, such as pharmacies or by the individual caring for themselves.

 

Navigating Patients

 

Over the coming weeks the practice will start "Navigating"

 

What is this? We hear you ask!

 

It is about asking patients questions so we can navigate /direct you to the most appropriate clinician to help you.

 

You could get directed to a GP, a nurse, HCA or your local pharmacy depending on your clinical need.


Have a look at the video in the link below as it gives you information on when to see a GP and when your local pharmacist is your first port of call.

 

LINK TO VIDEO

 

It also details the time period you should expect to have a self limiting infection for BEFORE the need to contact a GP.

 

HEATWAVE ON ITS WAY!!! CAUTION - ADVICE ( posted on Jun 25, 2018 )

It's official.. A HEATWAVE ON ITS WAY!!!

The Met Office has confirmed the South West is at level 2 "Alert & Readiness" as there is an 80% chance of a heatwave this week.

Babies, the young & elderly and those with certain chronic conditions are amongst those at a higher risk of being impacted.

The good news is there are things you can do NOW before the heat hits that can help including:

 shade or cover windows exposed to direct sunlight. External shutters or shades are very effective, internal blinds or curtains are less effective but cheaper and easier to install
 check that windows or vents can be opened
 check that the central heating system can be turned off
 check that fridges, freezers and fans are working properly
 check medicines can be stored according to the instructions on the packaging

And when the heat comes remember to:

 Try to stay out of the heat from 11am-3pm
 Stay hydrated - drink plenty of water
 Wear loose clothing - you may find your baby settles better only in a nappy at bedtime in high temperatures
 Take cool showers and/or splash yourself with cold water to keep cool

The above are not exhaustive lists - for more full information click the link below and stay cool:

https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/heatwave-how-to-cope-in-hot-weather/

 

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*** CAB REDUCED SUMMER SERVICE *** ( posted on Jun 18, 2018 )

 

*** PLEASE REVIEW THE DATES BELOW TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT ***

 

CITIZENS ADVICE BUREAU AVAILABILITY IN MAY ( posted on Apr 30, 2018 )

 

 

DIABETES PREVENTION WEEK 16TH -22ND APRIL ( posted on Apr 16, 2018 )

 

MEASLES CIRCULATING IN THE SOUTH WEST - MAKE SURE YOU ARE PROTECTED ( posted on Apr 9, 2018 )

Public Health England has notified GP practices that measles is circulating in the region. They have asked practices to notify patients and try and ensure that as many people as possible have an up to date MMR vaccination.

 

Please read below to understand Measles as part of the MMR Vaccination programme and give us a call to check whether you need another dose to complete your protection.

 

 

Measles infection is often considered by members of the public to be a mild and transient childhood illness, but it can have a devastating impact on the people affected as noted above.

 

Eight of the cases in our area have been hospitalised in recent months and 4 of these individuals have required critical care following complications including measles pneumonitis and measles encephalitis.

 

Please help us to help our community to reduce the risk to your patients and limit the spread of the outbreak.


 

LET US HELP YOU GET VACCINATED & PROTECTED!

DIABETES AND YOU - A HEALTHIER YOU - A GREAT EVENING WAS HAD BY ALL! ( posted on Mar 27, 2018 )