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Local system leaders in health and social care invite anyone living in Wiltshire to take part in the development of our vision for the way we provide health and care services in the county.  Your views will help us to build and develop our health and wellbeing strategy, which sets the direction for services supporting people to live as well as possible.

We’d like you to help us to understand what Wiltshire people consider to be the most important factors in their health and care.  The feedback you give us will also help us work out how to prioritise the money we have to help people manage their own health and wellbeing, and what support people need to live independently in their own communities for as long as possible.

Everyone – no matter what age – is welcome to contribute.  This is your county, so please share your thoughts with us.

The survey is open from until noon on Tuesday 3 July 2018 and can be accessed here: Your Wiltshire Vision 2018

For more information please click here



Practice raises £ 82.71 for Alzheimer's Support 










38 Hours of Missed clinical time during May 2018 


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Age UK Wiltshire - Suspends nail care Service

From 1st July 2018 Age UK Wiltshire have decided to suspend their nail care service.  The suspension will allow them time to review how the service can be delivered in the future or whether it might continue in another form.


Current nail care clients are being advised by letter of the suspension and that any appointments booked after 1st July will not be going ahead.


If clients need help to find alternative nail care then they can contact the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists on 0207 234 8620 or, alternatively, they can use the Society’s search function to find nearby nail care practitioners:




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Have your say on a new approach to gluten-free prescribing

Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is reviewing its policy on prescribing gluten-free foods in line with national guidance and is encouraging Wiltshire patients, the public and clinicians to have their say on two proposed options.

For more information please click here

Well done  Practice receptionist Jacqueline Jarvis & her husband completing Macmillan walk & raising £600 for charity



Exciting Opportunity!


Medical Receptionist Vacancy

Closing date for applicants: Friday 22nd June 2018

We are a forward thinking friendly Practice who value people and their contribution to the organisation at all levels.

We currently have an opening for a part time temporary (6 months) Medical Receptionist.

If you like a challenge and thrive on working in a busy environment you may be the person we are looking for. We seek reliable, confident and caring people who are enthusiastic about working in a busy environment and with the public.

Flexibility and adaptability will be essential as you will also be required to cover holidays and sickness, at our four sites.

For more details on how to apply, please click here.

Posted: 12.06.18

Falls and balance classes

Classes are specially designed to help people who have concerns regarding their balance, have has a fall or who are afraid they may fall. The class involves a variety of standing exercises supported by a chair which improves strength and balance and help participants to increase their confidence.

Class: Tuesday – Starting 20th February 2018

Time:   12.30 -1.15pm

1.30 – 2.15pm

2.30pm – 3.15pm

Location: United Church Hall, 10 St Margaret’s Hill, Bradford on Avon, BA15 1DT

Cost: £ 2.50 per person

For more information contact – Sally Phillips or email


NHS England press releases

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Stay Safe in the sun - Click here

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Self-referral for Physiotherapy



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Practice news update!


As you know Dr Gough & Dr Heffer retired from the Partnership at the end of March 2018. Dr Janice Patrick will be the new Senior Partner and she will be giving an update next month. 


Dr Chisnall has also retired from the Partnership for personal reasons, he wishes everyone the best and thanks patients, staff and partners for 15 happy years.


We have made 3 new GP appointments, these doctors will be arriving over the next 4 months. Dr Debbie Cash, who was working as a locum with us previously, will now be continuing with us as an associate. Dr Bronte Vidoni, who is one of our current trainee doctors, will also be staying on after she qualifies in August 2018. Dr Emma Cole will join us in July 2018 after relocating to the area with her family.




Allergy Awareness Week

Allergy Awareness Week is run by Allergy UK and will run from Monday 23rd April to Sunday 29th April 2018.

What is the aim of Allergy Awareness Week?

The focus of Allergy Awareness Week will be on “travelling with an allergy” and the difficulties this can cause sufferers. During the awareness week, Allergy UK will be sharing their top travel tips with allergy sufferers and advice on how to cope with these, as well as spreading awareness.

For more information please click here


10th – 16th April Parkinsons’s Awareness Week

Parkinson’s Awareness Week is the biggest opportunity of the year to reach more people affected by Parkinson’s and change public attitude of the disease.

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Around 2Diabetes image00,000 people are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes every year – you don’t need to be one of them.


Start your journey to a Healthier You with the Healthier You:

NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme.


A free, personalised programme to help you with your weight, healthy eating and exercise – reducing your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.


See if you may be at high risk of type 2 diabetes at and speak to your GP practice team to check if you’re eligible for the programme.



Coping with stress following a major incident

You may find this leaflet helpful if you have been involved in, or affected by, a traumatic incident.  It provides information on how you may expect to feel in the days and months ahead, and to help you understand and have more control over your experience.

Please click here

“All GP practices are required to declare the mean earnings (e.g. average pay) for GPs working to deliver NHS services to patients at each practice.

The average pay for GPs working in Bradford on Avon and Melksham Health Partnership in the last financial year was £61,442 before tax and National Insurance. This is for 7 full time GPs, 4 part time GPs, and 3 locum GPs who worked in the practice for more than six months.”



Volunteering Opportunities in Bradford on Avon   


Age UK Wiltshire and The Hub want to improve the health and wellbeing of older people and those in need living in our community - please can you help us make a difference?

Why not pop along to our coffee morning to find our more?


Friday 20th April 10.30 – 12.30

The Hub, Old Town Hall,

Church Street.

Bradford on Avon

BA15 1LS


For more information click here


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Do you have type 2 diabetes?

The X-pert Diabetes Programme will provide all the information you need to manage your diabetes. It is based on the latest scientific evidence and can help you to improve your health and quality of life. You may even be able to reverse your diabetes altogether.

For more information please click the links

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National Autism Awareness Week is between 26th Mar – 2nd Apr


Are  arrange an event covering 4 days (26th - 29th Mar 2018) around Wiltshire to promote awareness. We hope to set up a stand/display in supermarkets in 4 areas around Wiltshire – Trowbridge, Salisbury, Chippenham and Devizes to maximise the message we are trying to deliver and capture as many people as possible.


Monday 26th March 2018 Trowbridge

The Atrium, County Hall, Trowbridge with WPCC 9.30-3pm

ASDA, Trowbridge, 9.30am-3pm


Tuesday 27th March 2018 Salisbury

Waitrose, Salisbury, 9.30am-1pm

Salisbury Library,  1.30pm-3pm


Wednesday 28th March 2018 Chippenham

Morrisons, Chippenham, 9.30am-3pm


Thursday 29th March 2018 Devizes

Morrisons, Devizes, 9.30am-3pm



Finding out about your Results


Please call the Results Team on 01225 866611 and select option 3.


Results line opening hours changing from 7th March 2018 Monday-Friday



Most results will be available in 5 working days OR 1 calendar week.

This gives the Doctor time to receive and review your results.


We will give you your results & any message from the Doctor regarding your results when you call.


Please click here to view Results Leaflet 




Bradford on Avon - Leg Club New opening Day

From Monday

9th April 2018

BRADFORD ON AVON Leg Club Will be on a  






Wanted at the Leg Club: At St Margaret's Hall

please contact Ruth Randall - Project Lead Tel; 01225 860812

 Duties will include:

To chat with members

Help with setting up of kitchen for teas and coffees

Making up note folders(when needed)

Washing up

Emptying and replenishing of wasing bowls

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PSA testing and prostate cancer: advice for well men aged 50 and over


Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK, with over 40,000 new cases diagnosed every year.

Prostate cancer usually develops slowly, so there may be no signs you have it for many years.

Symptoms often only become apparent when your prostate is large enough to affect the urethra (the tube that carries urine from the bladder to the penis).

When this happens, you may notice things like an increased need to urinate, straining while urinating and a feeling that your bladder has not fully emptied.

These symptoms shouldn’t be ignored, but they do not mean you definitely have prostate cancer. It is more likely that they are caused by something else, such as benign prostatic hyperplasia (also known as BPH or prostate enlargement).

For more information please click NHS England Fact sheet


Your local Transforming Care for Older PeopleTeam




We are your Older Person’s Team and we are here to help you. Our aim is to ensure you feel supported and have access to the services that are right for you.

We have a range of medical and non-medical staff and can refer you to a GP if necessary.


For more information please click here

Please view the TCOP presentation and meet the team click here



Bradford on Avon & Melksham Health Partnership are Recruiting


Salaried GP (up to 8 sessions – part time available) - permanent vacancy

21,500 patients, situated in beautiful Bradford on Avon & Melksham - a stone’s throw from Bath


We have an opening for you to join our ‘outstanding’ CQC & award winning team.


Ideal for both experienced GPs and for those who are just starting out:


  • Flexible supportive GP Training practice, with mentorship and appraisal guidance available
  • Weekly practice meetings for education (CPD), communication & support
  • Strong team ethos
  • 100% QOF results
  • Excellent support via Emergency Nurses, ECP, Paramedic & Practice Pharmacist
  • Career progression opportunities
  • Social prescribing model – including leg club, dementia café and  a  demonstrator site for integrated health and social care
  • Dispensary & Clinical Research
  • Competitive sessional rates
  • Closing date will be:  (4 weeks)   But will close sooner if enough suitable applicants apply.


Phone and come and visit us anytime!


Michelle Coleman, Practice Manager – 01225 866611 





Practice News from Dr Nigel Gough & Dr James Heffer


Dear Patients


After nearly 70 years (between us) in General Practice at the Health Centre, we are writing to let you know that we are both retiring as Partners at the end of March 2018. Although we will each still be undertaking some medical work, we will no longer be acting as regular doctors in the surgery.


It has been a privilege and a most fulfilling and rewarding way to spend our working lives and we have enjoyed seeing the generations pass through the Practice and watching the community change over those years. We recognise that our retirement will represent a big change for ourselves and for our patients, but we are sure that all parties will adapt successfully to that change.


The Practice will be writing to you in a few weeks to set out what this will mean for our patients and patient services, but in the meantime we would like to thank you for keeping us interested and enthusiastic over the last three-and-a-half decades.


With best wishes,


Dr Nigel Gough and Dr James Heffer



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Reduce your risk’ of cervical cancer

Women across Wiltshire have been urged by local health bosses to do their best to prevent cervical cancer.

National charity Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust has today (Monday jo cervial cancer22 January 2018) launched Cervical Cancer Prevention Week, with the theme of ‘reduce your risk’.

And doctors across Wiltshire have joined the call for women in the area to:

  • Attend cervical screening when invited;
  • Know the symptoms of cervical cancer and seek medical advice if experiencing any;
  • Take up the HPV vaccination if aged 11 to 18;
  • Talk to friends and family to ensure they know how they can reduce their risk;
  • Know where to find support and further information.

For more information on cervical screening, visit

Stop Smoking services available in Wiltshire

Free, proven support to help you quit!

Join the millions of people who have used Smokefree support to help them stop smoking. We’ve got loads of support to help you quit, so choose what's right for you.

Smokers will also find useful information at



Wiltshire IAPT Service (Improving Access to Psychological Therapy) Lift logo


The Wiltshire IAPT Service is an NHS provider of psychological support to patients over the age of 16 years registered with a Wiltshire GP practice.


The service provides a wide range of support through GP surgeries to people experiencing common mental health difficulties, primarily those associated with anxiety and depression.  The Wiltshire IAPT services range from self-help therapies, to psycho-educational courses, online and one to one support.


Assessment appointments with a Psychology Practitioner can be arranged by calling the Wiltshire IAPT Service administration team on 01380 731 335.


For more information please visit the following link



Act F.A.S.T. campaign returns to empower people to call 999 at any sign of a stroke


On 1st February 2018, Public Health England, working closely with Stroke Association, will relaunch the national “Act F.A.S.T.” stroke campaign.


The campaign raises awareness for the signs of stroke and reinforces the importance of acting F.A.S.T. and calling 999 if you notice any single one of the signs in themselves or others. All three signs are not needed in order to make a 999 call, one is enough. Therefore, the campaign urges individuals to act without hesitation, upon spotting any sign, for both themselves and on behalf of others.


The campaign is built around the ‘Act F.A.S.T.’ (Face, Arms, Speech, Time) acronym to highlight the key signs of stroke and emphasise the importance of acting quickly by calling 999:


  • Face – has their face fallen on one side? Can they smile?
  • Arms – can they raise both arms and keep them there?
  • Speech – is their speech slurred?
  • Time to call 999


A stroke is known as a ‘brain attack’. There are over 100,000 strokes a year in the UK, causing over 40,000 deaths. It is a medical emergency that requires immediate attention as every minute is vital. That is why calling 999 is so crucial. An ambulance can give stroke patients those extra precious minutes, through faster and more specialist treatment via their knowledge of the nearest appropriate Hyper Acute Stroke Unit.

For more information please click here


If you use the services of Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (AWP) your welcome.

Come have a coffee and a chat.

T.U.G will be available from 15.01.18 for 1pm to 5pm for the next month, times may change in February.

Sessions will run:

1pm to 4pm free drop-in for coffee, chat Advice on Benefits/Services etc.

4pm to 4.45pm Mindfulness/Mediation and wellness sessions come for relaxing meditation and share your tips for keeping well.

For more information please click here


 Carer’s café

Get support   share information    Relax

The Kings Arms, 20 market Place, Melksham

1st Thursday of every month

10.30am – 12.00pm

For anyone aged 18 or over who help another person in their day to day life, usually a relative or friend, who could not manage without that support

For more information, please contact Carers Support Wiltshire on Freephone 0800 181 4118 or email

Or you can visit

Could you be a LINK?  Co-ordinator

People in the community need help to get to hospital or their GP surgery.

BUT they need transport. Melksham Link can provide transport BUT we need volunteers to arrange it.

You would take the phone messages, arrange a driver answer the caller know what time the driver will collect them. You could do one week at a time, probably every four weeks, or you might do 2 or 3 regularly per month.   A mobile phone is provided & is handed over along with the paperwork to whoever is next on duty

 Phone or email for more details

07979 129052


Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats facing us today.

Why it is relevant to you: without effective antibiotics many routine treatments will become increasingly dangerous. Setting broken bones, basic operations, even chemotherapy and animal health all rely on access to antibiotics that work.

What we want you to do: To slow resistance we need to cut the unnecessary use of antibiotics. We invite the public, students and educators, farmers, the veterinary and medical communities and professional organisations, to become Antibiotic Guardians.

For more information please click here



Why have I been referred?


Your GP will discuss with you and, if appropriate, your carer, about why a referral is being recommended. It is usually because your GP wants a specialist’s help in deciding on the best way to treat your condition.

For more information please click here



Shortage of Pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine


There is a current shortage of the PPV23 vaccine which is likely to continue for the foreseeable future. There is only one licensed vaccine available and although the company are expecting more stock deliveries during October, the volume anticipated is unlikely to be sufficient to vaccinate the whole 65 year old cohort this winter.


The vaccine covers the 23 most common serotypes of Streptococcus pneumoniae (the pneumococcus) that are responsible for a range of diseases including meningitis, septicaemia and pneumonia.

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