Read about the practice merger HERE
We have recently been audited for CQC.
Please CLICK HERE for our results.
Friends and Family Test
Or go to our news section for the reports
Please CLICK HERE to see the report.
Please go HERE to see our Statement of Intent.
"Leading the fight against Lung Disease"
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Please go HERE to see the changes and what you can do about it.
Find otu more about this HERE.
The results of our 2013/14 patient survey can be found on the PPG page HERE.
The Treatment room nurses hold sessions every morning from 08:50 - 12:00 and afternoons from 14:30 - 17:50. The nurses offer appointments for cervical smears, registration checks, foreign travel advice, dressings, ear syringing, childhood immunisations and other nursing procedures
Chronic disease management nurses run specialised clinics for Diabetes, Vascular, Asthma/COPD and Stroke. Contact reception for appointment information.
HCA (Healthcare Assistants) offer blood and urine tests, new patient checks, ECG’s; and Smoking cessation advice.
Phlebotomists carry out blood tests.
The community midwives offer a full maternity care service in conjunction with the GPs and health visitors. The midwives run weekly clinics at both practices, please ask reception for details
We offer a full family planning service, including emergency contraception. Please make an appointment with a doctor. This service is confidential and is available to under-16’s
Coronary Heart Disease prevention is a Government initiative. In order to achieve a high standard of heart disease prevention, there has to be a framework of systematic planned care. This has been achieved by setting up a register of patients with established heart disease. Patients are invited to attend a yearly appointment at our coronary heart disease prevention clinic, which are run by qualified nurses in this field.
The Diabetic Clinics are held on Thursdays and run by our specialist practice nurses. Alternative arrangements can be made if there are difficulties. Telephone support and advice is also offered with treatment changes and medication adjustments when necessary. Patients are invited to attend regular clinic sessions according to their needs. This structured care encourages patient involvement in understanding planning and management of their diabetes. Working together, to prevent short term and long-term complications of diabetes.
The Respiratory Clinic is run by our staff nurses who are trained in managing and caring for patients with Asthma or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Patients taking regular medication are encouraged to attend the clinic for an annual review. Children or those whose asthma is not so well controlled may be followed up more regularly. All aspects of asthma will be checked and advice given re changes to medication.
Patients with COPD may sometimes require spirometry, which is a simple lung function test to monitor/assess how well the lungs are working in response to using inhalers or as an aid to diagnose COPD or Asthma. You will also be given advice about inhaled or nebulised medications and support to give up smoking. Please contact reception to make an appointment.
We have a team of community nurses based at Backwell, who meet the needs of patients in their homes.
Rebecca Whitehead and Sue Argent have specific responsibility for the under-fives registered with our practice.
Appointments for childhood immunisations are sent directly to parents by the ‘Avon Child Health Department’. Immunisation clinics are held at both surgeries every month. Please contact reception for details of days and times.
A variety of consultants visit the practice on a weekly or monthly basis, this includes an Obstetrician, Gynaecologist, General Surgeon, Orthopaedic Surgeon, Positive Steps (Mental Health Team) and a Dietician. Please speak to your doctor to arrange an appointment to see any of these specialists.
Some services are not provided or funded by the NHS. Regretfully, in these instances, we do have to make a charge to the patient. These are based on current, national guidelines.
If you require any vaccinations relating to foreign travel you need to make an appointment with the practice nurse to discuss your travel arrangements. This will include which countries and areas within countries that you are visiting to determine what vaccinations are required.
There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below
It is important to make this initial appointment as early as possible - at least 6 weeks before you travel - as a second appointment will be required with the practice nurse to actually receive the vaccinations. These vaccines have to be ordered as they are not a stock vaccine. Your second appointment needs to be at least 2 weeks before you travel to allow the vaccines to work.
Some travel vaccines are ordered on a private prescription and these incur a charge over and above the normal prescription charge. This is because not all travel vaccinations are included in the services provided by the NHS.
For travel vaccination queries, please contact the practice
Travelling in Europe
If you are travelling to Europe a very useful booklet has been published with advice and guidance to help you get the most out of your holiday. To visit please click:- http://ec.europa.eu/publications/booklets/eu_glance/86/en.pdf (this is a large document and may take a minute or two to view)
Our nursing staff are providing vaccinations for both MMR catch-ups and for the Rotavirus.
Please call the surgery to find out about the availability.
You can find information on the MMR Vaccine HERE.
There is information on the Rotavirus Vaccine HERE.
Health chiefs in North Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire are warning of the dangers of whooping cough and the need to ensure children’s vaccinations are up to date, following a rise in confirmed cases since January.
North Somerset has had 23* confirmed cases since Jan 2012, In contrast, last year, there were a total of 5 cases. There have already been 31 confirmed cases in Bristol so far this year, compared with a figure of 29* for the whole of 2011, although an NHS Bristol spokesman added that caution should be used when drawing conclusions on the apparent increase, as there had been increased levels of testing this year. Meanwhile South Gloucestershire has reported 26* cases so far this year. This compares with a total of 8 for the whole of 2011. Bath and North East Somerset has reported 9* cases since January.
According to the Health Protection Agency (HPA), the past 12 months have seen a sharp rise in the number of confirmed cases nationwide and Dr Ruth Kipping, public health consultant for North Somerset today stressed the vital importance of ensuring that children are vaccinated against what can be, for them, a serious, life threatening illness.
She explained: “Many adults think that whooping cough cannot affect them, particularly if they were themselves immunised as children. However, it is an illness which can strike adults, as protection offered by the vaccine wears off in adulthood and can be passed onto children with serious results. Anyone showing signs and symptoms – which include severe coughing fits accompanied by the characteristic “whoop” sound in young children, but is a prolonged cough in older children and adults – should visit their GP.
“Parents should ensure their children are up to date with their vaccinations so that they are protected at the earliest opportunity. Vaccination for whooping cough is given up to 10 years of age. The pre-school booster is important, not only to boost protection in that child but also to reduce the risk of them passing the infection on to vulnerable babies, as those under four months cannot be fully protected by the vaccine.”
Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, affects all ages. Over the last few months the recent rise in cases has extended to very young children who have the highest risk of severe complications and death. Whooping cough in older people can be an unpleasant illness but does not usually lead to serious complications. The infection can be treated with a course of antibiotics to prevent the infection spreading further but young infants may also need hospital care due to the risk of severe complications. While antibiotic treatment is effective in reducing the spread of infection it does not reduce the severity of the actual illness.
The Health Protection Agency has already written to GPs to remind them of the signs and symptoms of the infection and stressing the importance of vaccination. The agency is also encouraging GPs to report cases quickly.
Adam Finn, Professor of Paediatrics at the University of Bristol and a Consultant at Bristol Children’s Hospital said: Whooping cough is a terrible illness in young children, especially infants. Vaccination has made it rare but it has never completely gone away and it now showing worrying signs of coming back. It is hard, sometimes impossible to treat so we want parents to do everything they can to limit spread by ensuring their children are fully immunised."
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* The case figures for whooping cough in 2012 are as reported to the HPA’s South West (North) Health Protection Unit to the end of May.
Vaccination is the most important control measure in preventing whooping cough. Children in the UK are offered whooping cough vaccine at two, three and four months of age as part of the routine childhood vaccination programme.
The vaccine which protects against whooping cough also protects against diphtheria, polio, Haemophilus influenzae type b - a cause of meningitis - and tetanus. Children should receive a booster at around three years of age, before they start school. It is important that children receive all these doses so that they can build up and keep high levels of immunity to the disease. The whooping cough vaccine is routinely available up to age 10. Routine vaccination is not recommended for children aged ten years or over, and adults.
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At Backwell & Nailsea we participate in many different research studies.
These are carried out by our research nurses Heather Skudder and Clare Hill who are lead by Dr Caroline Haddy.
Studying patients who have 3 Chronic Diseases.
Bowel or Lung symptoms
Depression study of patients on SSRI's for 3+ Months
COPD study in to inhalers
Study of diabetics with certain criteria
Study of Learning Disabilities
12-17 Yea olds with an appearance altering condition.
Study on Diabetes and Impaired Glucose Tolerance
A Study of Chronic Kidney Disease
A study of those aged 65 or over who do less than 150 minutes of exercise each week
Study of high risk patients who have flu-like viral upper rispiratory tract infections.
Mental Health and cardiovascular study
Patients over 65 without AF looking for irregular pulses.
If you are contacted with regards to any of the research studies please be reassured that at no point has your data been given/sold to any party.
Letters originate from within the practice with no information being taken off-site. These letters will ask you to respond if interested and it is at this point that they will first receive any details about you.
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