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BOA Leg Club will be held on Monday morning from the 9th April 2018.

For more information contact: Ruth Randall - Project lead Tel 01225 860812




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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

Poster & Leaflet

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


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



Raising Money for Dorothy House -


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



Practice Newsletter


February 2018 newsletter  - please click here


Dr Nell Wyatt - Clipper Round the world update





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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


Public Health England advice regarding Flu/Influenza:


There are still opportunities to protect vulnerable people through vaccination. It is important to remember that the seasonal flu immunisation programme runs until March each year and so the offer of the vaccine is available to eligible individuals, especially newly pregnant women, throughout this period. 


Influenza (Flu) is most infectious when symptoms start until about 3-5 days later, therefore, patients are advised to avoid attending the practice or a health care setting while symptomatic, if at all possible.


Most cases of flu can be treated effectively at home. Patients are encouraged to self-care, seek advice on treating symptoms via reputable on line resources such as NHS Choices, or to seek advice from a local Pharmacist before contacting the GP


Patients are advised to:

  • rest and sleep.
  • keep warm.
  • take paracetamol or ibuprofen to lower your temperature and treat aches and pains.
  • drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration

(More info for patients can be found on or via 111)


Patients who have severe/prolonged flu or other complicating factors particularly children, pregnant women, those with chronic conditions and the elderly (or where symptoms have not improved after 7 days) should be reviewed by the GP.


Anyone with symptoms of flu should be advised to stay away from work/school until they have recovered and for at least 24 hours after the resolution of any fever. There are no recommended times for exclusion from school for an infected child; a child should return when they have recovered. A sick note is note required until you have been off work for more than 7 calendar days.



 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.


Pneumococcal infection occurs in the extremes of age with the highest incidence in infants and the elderly, particularly those over the age of 75 years.


For those at high risk, it is important to ensure that other preventive measures, including influenza vaccination, are implemented ,We will flag such patients so that they can be called for vaccine once the stock situation improves. There are no major concerns about deferring vaccination in over 65 year olds for several months or until next year.



 Dr Nell Wyatt - Clipper Round the world update


For more information please click here



The Breast Centre provides routine breast screening to all women aged 50-70 who are registered with a GP in the area.

All appointment booking & queries are dealt with at Great Western Hospital please call 01793 604036

They are also part of the age expansion trial - offering some appointments to women aged 47-74.

They also run a symptomatic service for women and men who are referred by their GP.


  • Great Western Hospital - ground floor
  • Two mobile units travel to various sites in Wiltshire

Please click here for more information


Victim Support - Not ready to go to the police?

If you have been a victim of any crime or have been affected by a crime committed against someone you know, we can give emotional and practice support to help you find the strength to deal with what you have through.

For more information contact 0808 281 0113 or email



  “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 £56,090 before tax and National Insurance. This is for 4 full time GPs, 8 part time GPs, and no locum GPs who worked in the practice for more than six months.”







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