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***ONLINE BOOKING FOR DOCTORS TELEPHONE CONSULTATIONS ARE NOW AVAILABLE***
When booking your telephone consultation with the Doctor state the telephone number you request to be called on and the reason for the call.   Please note the time may vary due to unforeseen circumstances, but the Doctors will do their up most to call you within an hour of your booking.

 

                                      

 

Specialist Clinics & Services

Alphabetical order

 

Active wiltshire Sport

Welcome to the all-new Active Wiltshire sport, physical activity and leisure brochure produced by Wiltshire Council. The brochure features a host of opportunities for residents to play sport or to be physically active, be it in one of Wiltshire Council’s many leisure facilities, while enjoying the beautiful Wiltshire countryside and play spaces, or through one of our sports and physical activity programmes.  Activities are available for residents of all ages and abilities and the brochure also includes information for local sports clubs and elite athletes based in the county.

Please click here to view brochure

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ADVANCE DIRECTIVES/LIVING WILL

Living wills and other advance directives are written, legal instructions regarding your preferences for medical care if you are unable to make decisions for yourself. Advance directives guide choices for doctors and caregivers if you're terminally ill, seriously injured, in a coma, in the late stages of dementia or near the end of life.

For more information please click here to read our in-house leaflet.


Could You Be Entitled To £140.00 off your electrage concern imageicity bill?

If you are on a low income , in receipt of a means-tested or disability benifit then you could qualify.

Call you electricity supplier to ask about 'Warm Home Discount'

For guidance on criteria or other help with fuel costs call Age UK Wiltshire on Tel:01380727767

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Worried about returning home?

Think you may meed help when you get home?

 This service is for patients or carers of patients, ifage concern image

  • You live in Wiltshire or have a Wiltshire GP
  • You are aged 18 years or over
  • You are not eligible for NHS or Social Care services

For more information please click here

Somebody near you needs a friendly visitor

Would you enjoy spending about an hour each week to bring a smile to an older person's face?

We are looking for befrienders to colunteer with Age UK wiltshire.

Please contact us on 01380 727767 or visit www.ageukwiltshire.org.uk for more information

 

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Are you having trouble cutting your toenails?

If you are aged 50 and over we may be able to help.

Unfortunately our training and insurance does not allow us to offer the service to the following:

  • Those who have Diabetes or Haemophilis.
  • Those taking long tem steriods
  • Those who take Warfarin, or other anti-coagulant or platelet medication (Aspirin is acceptable)

For more information about your nearest clinic please call or email 01380 727767 or admin@ageukwiltshire.org.uk

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ANTE-NATAL & MATERNITY SERVICES

If you are, or think you may be pregnant, please contact Trowbridge Maternity on 01225 711314. To find out more information, please click here.

Please click here to read our in-house leaflet Maternity leaflet.


AUDIOLOGY

An Audiologist visits the Health Centre on a regular basis; your GP can refer you if required


 

ASTHMA 

Asthma is a common long-term condition that can cause coughing, wheezing, chest tightness and breathlessness.

The severity of these symptoms varies from person to person. Asthma can be controlled well in most people most of the time, although some people may have more persistent problems.

Occasionally, asthma symptoms can get gradually or suddenly worse. This is known as an "asthma attack", although doctors sometimes use the term "exacerbation".

Severe attacks may require hospital treatment and can be life threatening, although this is unusual.

Speak to your GP if you think you or your child may have asthma. You should also talk to your doctor or asthma nurse if you have been diagnosed with asthma and you are finding it difficult to control your symptoms.

Patients may access this clinic by making an appointment through the receptionist or by discussion with their GP or practice nurse.


BEREAVEMENT

Bereavement is a distressing but common experience. Sooner or later most of us will suffer the death of someone we love. Yet in our everyday life we think and talk about death very little, perhaps because we encounter it less often than our grandparents did. For them, the death of a brother or sister, friend or relative, was a common experience in their childhood or teenage years. For us, these losses usually happen later in life. So we do not have much of a chance either to learn about grieving - how it feels, what are the right things to do, what is 'normal' - or to come to terms with it. In spite of this, we have to cope when we are finally faced with the death of someone we love.

For more information click here  to read our in-house leaflet.


 

CERVICAL SCREENING CLINICS

Every day in the UK 8 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and 3 women will lose their lives to the disease.

Smear test overdue? Book yours today!

To book your appointment at the Practice, please telephone the appointments team on 01225 865200.

You can reduce the risk of cervical cancer by attending cervical screening.Despite this, 20% of women invited for screening don't attend. Be proactive about your health and go for screening when invited.

For further information please telephone Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust Helpline on 0808 802 8000 or visit their website by clicking here.

Overdue Smear Poster: click here to view.

Cervical Screening Factsheet: click here to view.

HPV Vaccine Factsheet: click here to view.

In addition, please Click here to download the Contraception & Sexual Health 'CASH' Clinic information leaflet.  Evening appointments are offered in Trowbridge Community Hospital, Adcroft Street, Trowbridge, BA14 8PH.  To book an appointment telephone: 01225 831593 (office hours) or 01225 711 335 (during clinic opening times ONLY). 

Cervical Cancer Prevention Week

25th-31st January 2015

Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust is pleased to announce the launch of a new 20 page EasyRead guide about cervical screening (smear tests). The EasyRead guide entitled: ‘Having a smear test. What is it about? has been produced using input from women with learning disabilities, expert peer reviewers and with the help of specialised EasyRead producers Inspired Services Publishing.

New clip art has been created which helps illustrate how smear tests are conducted and the type of instruments used during the test. The guide also covers some of the barriers that prevent women with learning disabilities from attending their invitation to screening.

The guide can be ordered free of charge from the charity’s website.

In addition to the EasyRead guide women can also access The Smear Test Film’ a health education film resource for women eligible for cervical screening who have mild and moderate learning disabilities. Made by Public Health England in association with Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust and launched in January 2015.

View and order a copy here: http://www.jostrust.org.uk/videos/smear-test-film


CHILD HEALTH CLINICbaby_foot

This Child Health clinic is aimed at all parents and their babies aged 6-8weeks old to seek advice, information and to check their babies development so far. Children are weighed and/or measured at this clinic.

It runs from 10:45 am to 11.30 am every Friday at the Bradford on Avon Health Centre and is a Doctor run clinic so appointment only. Please bring your red child health record with you.

The NHS have provided a new digital advice service for parents-to-be and new parents. The service offers up to date material from NHS Choices, the Pregnancy Care Planner and the online Birth to Five guide, covering a wide range of issues including how a baby develops, birth and pain relief options, healthy lifestyle advice, breastfeeding, immunisations and much much more. To find our more information and to sign up, please click here.


 

CHILDHOOD IMMUNISATIONS AND ADVICE baby_in_pink

A service primarily provided by our Practice Nurses.

The Department of Health have devised a National Immunisation Schedule for all children. This schedule recommends that babies should be immunised against:

  • Diphtheria                                   
  • Tetanus
  • Pertussis (whooping cough)
  • Poliomyelitis (Polio)
  • Haemophilus influenzae b (Hib)
  • Rotavirus
  • Pneumococcus (PCV)
  • Meningococcus group C (Men C)
  • Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR)

This list of vaccinations have been worked out to give children the best chance of developing immunity against common diseases safely and effectively, and doing it early enough to minimise their risk of catching these diseases.

A full downloadable leaflet of ‘Immunisation for babies up to 15 months’ can be found by clicking here.

A full downloadable leaflet of ‘Immunisation for pre school children’ can be found by clicking here.

In addition - A child is entitled to the chicken pox vaccine (on the NHS) if the child is at 'greater risk' of serious complications from chickenpox (through immune suppressed illnesses, for example).  A child is also entitled to the vaccine (on the NHS) if a Parent is having chemotherapy treatment - as it is recommended that non-immune children (close to them) are given the chickenpox vaccine (Varicella) at this time. 

For more information about the chickenpox vaccine visit: http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/pages/chickenpox-vaccine.aspx

For further information on the childhood immunisation programme, please go to our Family Health page by clicking here or click on the following links:

http://www.patient.co.uk/health/immunisation-usual-uk-schedule 

http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/pages/childhood-vaccination-schedule.aspx.

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Immunisations update - Men B vaccination for babies

A new vaccine to prevent meningitis will be offered to babies as part of the routine NHS childhood vaccination programme from September 1 2015. 

The Men B vaccine will be offered to babies aged 2 months, followed by a second dose at 4 months, and a booster at 12 months.

For more information please click here

http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/vaccinations/Pages/meningitis-B-vaccine.aspx

New Parents and Parents-to-be

The NHS have provided a new digital advice service for parents-to-be and new parents. The service offers up to date material from NHS Choices, the Pregnancy Care Planner and the online Birth to Five guide, covering a wide range of issues including how a baby develops, birth and pain relief options, healthy lifestyle advice, breastfeeding, immunisations and much much more. To find our more information and to sign up, please click here.

Get Wise Immunise!

The measles outbreak in Wales is a reminder of the importance of MMR vaccination.

To find out more information and advice for any queries you might have please click here.

You can also download our leaflet by clicking here.

Alternatively, please contact the Child Immunisation Administrator for the practice on 01225 866611.

Rotavirus Childhood Vaccination 

From 1st July 2013, the routine childhood immunisation schedule now includes a vaccine to protect babies against rotavirus infection.

If your baby was born on or after 1st May 2013 he or she will be offered the vaccine from 1st July.

The vaccine will be given with your baby's other routine vaccinations at two months of age and again at three months.

To find out more information, please click here  to read a helpful leaflet on the vaccination.


CORONARY HEART DISEASE (CHD)

Coronary heart disease (CHD) is the leading cause of death both in the UK and worldwide.

It's responsible for more than 73,000 deaths in the UK each year. About 1 in 6 men and 1 in 10 women die from CHD.

In the UK, there are an estimated 2.3 million people living with CHD and around 2 million people affected by angina (the most common symptom of coronary heart disease). 

CHD generally affects more men than women, although from the age of 50 the chances of developing the condition are similar for both sexes.

As well as angina (chest pain), the main symptoms of CHD are heart attacks and heart failure. However, not everyone has the same symptoms and some people may not have any before CHD is diagnosed.

CHD is sometimes called ischaemic heart disease.

For more information please click here


CHIROPODY

You may self refer – please ask at reception for further details


CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY

On referral from your GP


CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DISEASE (COPD)

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the name for a collection of lung diseases including chronic bronchitis, emphysema and chronic obstructive airways disease.

People with COPD have difficulties breathing, primarily due to the narrowing of their airways, this is called airflow obstruction.

Typical symptoms of COPD include:

  • increasing breathlessness when active
  • a persistent cough with phlegm
  • frequent chest infections

Patients may access this clinic by making an appointment through the receptionist or by discussion with their GP or practice nurse.

For more information please click here


DRUG AND ALCOHOL ADDICTION

On referral from your GP


DIABETIC CLINIC

The Diabetic Clinic is for all patients over 18 years to attend who have Type I or Type II diabetes. This is both a jointly run clinic (GP and practice nurse) where an annual check is performed and a six monthly (interim) check with one of the practice nurses.

Patients benefit from these clinics as there will be time to discuss diet, lifestyle and general management of their diabetes and any complications. Referrals may be made following attendance at these clinics to the Dietician, Podiatrist, Ophthalmologist or Retinal Screening (which takes place at The Health Centre) or Consultant, or Diabetes Specialist nurse if required.

Patients may access this clinic by making an appointment through the receptionist or by discussion with their GP or practice nurse.

The Bath, Wiltshire and North Somerset Diabetes Service are pleased to announce the launch of the Bath, Wiltshire and North Somerset website. It has been designed to give advice on all aspects of diabetes care, and is based on national guidelines with local information.


NEW patient information leaflet - Ear wax prevention & Treatment

Ear Wax Prevention & Treatment

The ear syringe procedure does carry risks of damaging the ear canal, perforation of the eardrum and ear infections.

PREVENTION: is the best solution

(see leaflet for more details)

 

An ear syringe should ONLY be performed if absolutely necessary and the self-treatment plan below has been followed:

 

  • READ: Ear Wax Prevention & Treatment Leaflet
  • ENSURE: Ears are oiled for at least 14 days
  • USE: A bulb syringe, which can be bought from most Pharmacies and online (see leaflet for more details)
  • ONLY THEN: Can an appointment be made in the ‘ear check clinic’ (if all of the above has been done and there is no improvement)

 

IF YOU HAVE EAR PAIN YOU WILL NEED

AN APPOINTMENT TO BE SEEN BY THE

EMERGENCY NURSE

Please click here to download the revised guidance for patients on Ear Wax Prevention and Treatment. Copies of this leaflet will be available in the waiting areas from 20th July.

Posted: 20.07.16


FAMILY PLANNING

A free, confidential service


HEALTH CHECKS

These are offered when you register with the surgery if you have specific medical needs and are carried out by a Health Care Professional. 

FREE NHS Health Checks are offered to all patients aged 40-74 and will only take 20 minutes of your time. An invitation letter will be sent out to those aged 40, and thereafter every 5 years till the age of 74.

To check if you are eligible or to make an appointment for your FREE health check, please get in touch with Dawn Woolley at The Health Centre, who can make an appointment for you at any of the surgeries.  Tel: 01225 866611 and press option 5 for General Enquiries. 

The Health Check will be carried out by a Health Care Professional (not a doctor) to assess your risk of developing heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and kidney disease, and provide you with simple, practical and realistic steps to help you reduce that risk and stay healthy. By taking early action and preventing the onset of these conditions you could improve your health in the long term. The check is based on straight forward questions and measurements such as age, family history, height, weight and blood pressure. There will also be a simple blood test to measure your cholesterol level.  

If you are outside the age range and concerned about your health you should contact your usual GP .

For more Health Check information:


HEALTH TRAINER INITIATIVE

Are you over 18? Do you want to?

  • Improve your general well being
  • build your self confidence and motivation
  • eat healthier food and be a healthy weight
  • reduce or stop smoking
  • be more active
  • drink less alcohol

A dedicated health trainer can assist you every step of the way in achieving and maintaining your goals. They can also help you find other services and activities.

Contact: health.trainers@wiltshire.gov.uk 

Alternatively please click here to view self referral form

Or call: 0300 003 4566


Health visitors

The Health Visitors run a Health Visitor Clinic at The Bradford on Avon Health Centre every Monday morning. This service is offered for parents and their children under 5 years old and can help with a range of concerning issues such as:

  • Breastfeeding issues
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Constipation
  • Developmental concerns or queries (i.e. Autism and ADHD)
  • Domestic violence issues
  • Feeding/diet issues
  • General advice for parents
  • Growth
  • Nappy/Minor rashes
  • Sleep problems
  • Speech and Language problems
  • Temper tantrums/behaviour problems
  • Toileting problems and bed wetting
  • Vulnerable family issues and advice (including single mums and teenage parents)

 

A Child Health Clinic runs every Wednesday 9.30am to 11.30am at the Children’s Centre, Fitzmaurice School, Bradford on Avon (01225 867184) and there is also a ‘drop in’ clinic every Tuesday from 9.30am to 11.45am at Canberra Chidren’s Centre,

Spa Road, Melksham (01225 705225).

 

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HYPERTENSION CLINIC

blood_pressure2The hypertension clinic began at the end of 2005 specifically for people with Hypertension (raised blood pressure). Most of these people will already be on medication for their condition, which is hopefully helping them to attain the required target of 140/85 and below.

Attending this clinic will ensure that your blood pressure is checked twice a year, once by a nurse and once by your GP to keep it within the required target for good health. If your blood pressure is not in target, action may be taken, with your agreement, to improve the result. At this clinic you will have your weight and height measured and your lifestyle will be discussed with you, such as diet, exercise, smoking and alcohol habits plus discussion on your medication for your blood pressure.

You will be sent an invitation by The Health Centre to attend this clinic around your birth date, if you have been diagnosed with hypertension in the past


 

MENTAL HEALTHlady_counselling 

Stressed, anxious, depressed? 

The practice have a team of Mental Health Practitioners who are able to provide patients with support when going through a difficult period in their life.

For more information, please click here.


MINOR SURGERY

A number of minor surgical procedures can be undertaken by your GP or a specialist doctor that visits The Health Centre


 

NO WORRIES - 'YOUNG PEOPLE'S SERVICE'

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The Practice is a 'No Worries' surgery which means we offer free, confidential advice on sexual health issues and contraception to all young people whatever their age.

For more information, please click here

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PHYSIOTHERAPY SERVICES

On referral from your GP


When and where to register a death

A death that has taken place in Wiltshire, but not in Swindon, must be registered by a registrar in Wiltshire.

You can register at any of the registration offices in Wiltshire.   All offices operate a full appointment system to prevent unnecessary waiting. Appointments usually take between 30 and 40 minutes.

You can make an appointment as soon as the medical certificate of cause of death has been issued to you by the doctor of the deceased, who may be either the GP or a hospital doctor. If the death has been referred to the Coroner, the Coroner’s officer will notify you when the death may be registered. Please telephone the following day to make your appointment, to allow time for the coroner’s paperwork to reach the registration service, as the registrar cannot proceed without it.

Please telephone 0300 003 4569 to make an appointment.

You can now register births and deaths at this hospital

Ground Floor

Bath and Wessex House

Department B21

Royal United Hospital 

Mondays and Thursdays 9:30 to 4:00pm

Commencing Monday 10 November 2014
For appointments telephone 01225 477234or speak to Patient Affairs at the RUH

SOCIAL WORKERS

The adult care team for this area can be contacted on 01225 713001.


 

SPEECH THERAPY

This service is available for children on referral from a health care professional

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STOP SMOKING

This service will no longer be running as from Jan 2016, please see below to see alternative services offered in the area.

For more information please visit  Smokefree Quitclub flyer healthy Lifestyle flyer Quit Club Flyer

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Two Week Wait Appointment leaflet

As you will be aware, there is an increasing national focus on performance against national cancer targets.  Patients not making themselves available is the biggest single reason resulting in failure against the 14 day target. The primary reason for this is that patients do not fully appreciate why they have been referred, and the associated urgency.  This in turn delays diagnosis and treatment for those few who are found to have cancer. 

 

To view press letter please click here

 

click here to view leaflet

 

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Your Care Your Support Wiltshire

Your Care Your Sipport Wilthsire is the new health ans social care inforamtion website for local people and professionals.  Healthwatch Wilthshire, the independent local champion for local people on health and care, has been working in partnership with Wiltshire Counci and NHS Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group on this new resource.  This means, that the wealth of knowledge and experience across the health and care sector will be reflected in the new website which has been available since April 1st 2015.

Please click here for more information

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WARFARIN MONITORING CLINIC 

This nurse led clinic is for patients who take anticoagulant medication such as warfarin who need to have their blood monitored regularly. At this clinic a simple finger prick test is performed. An immediate result is given and the warfarin dose adjusted or continued as necessary, and a follow-up appointment is given.

Patients benefit from this clinic as it is important to maintain regular checks on the clotting rate of their blood while taking anticoagulants. This can done at the first attendance. Patients do not have to wait for their results to come back from the hospital laboratory and then be contacted again with dosage instructions.

Patients can access this clinic by making an appointment through reception staff or practice nurses at The Health Centre.


 

 
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