We welcome three new trainee GPs to the practice. Dr Claire Kingswood is a third year Speciality Trainee who will be with us for an eighteen month placement from March 2019. Dr Sarah Bowcock is a second year Speciality Trainee who will be with us for a six month placement from February 2019. Dr Dermot Sharkey is a second year Foundation trainee who will be with us for a four month placement from April 2019. For more information about Junior Doctors please click here.
Dr Cooper returns from sabbatical
Dr Cooper has returned from her sabbatical. Dr Christina Bhargava, who was covering Dr Cooper's surgeries during her absence, will continue to be with us until the end of May holding a regular Gynaecology Clinic.
Please click 'read our newsletter' to view our Spring 2018 newsletter. You can also sign up for our Practice Newsletter here.
RSAS Dementia Carers' Support Programme
The Royal Surgical Aid Society dementia carers’ charity is developing new courses to help family carers build knowledge and confidence and needs carers to take part in these early pilots which are being evaluated by Worcester University. The new 3-day courses in hotels in Birmingham and Swindon, are free until September 2018, including food and accommodation. So, if you would like to help and, in return, have a break from caring and learn some new things then please get in touch. Download the document below for contact information and a list of course dates and locations:
RSAS Dementia Carers Support Programmes
Stroud Improved Access
Providing Healthcare for the Stroud Area
The GPs of the Stroud Area have been offered an opportunity to take part in a project to improve patient access to primary care services for the residents of Stroud and surrounding areas. Extra GP and Nurse clinics will be held during normal hours, and additional appointments will also be offered at one of the Stroud Area Surgeries between 6.30pm and 8.00pm on weekdays and on Saturday mornings. Patients registered with any participating GP Surgery within the Stroud Area will be able to have an appointment at these extra clinics.
This is an exciting project and involves 12 of the Stroud Area Surgeries working together for the benefit of their patients.
In time, the aim is to increase the number of appointments offered for those patients with a chronic disease.
For more information please visit our Stroud Improved Access page.
This project will be closely monitored on how it is performing, and whether we, as a primary care community, are delivering the care required to meet the healthcare needs of the Stroud Area.
Community Wellbeing Service
The Stroud and Berkeley Vale Community Wellbeing Team is part of a countywide service and may be able to offer support and advice to guide you during a short or long term health situation. A clinic will be held at the surgery each Friday morning in the near future.
For more information please visit our Community Wellbeing Service page.
A big thank you to all our patients who took part in our recent Patient Survey. We are in the process of looking at the responses and will provide further information about the results and what we will be doing in response to the comments and suggestions over the next couple of months.
Free chlamydia self-testing kits available
Chlamydia is the most common STI, with as many as 1-in-12 infected. Some STIs like chlamydia can show no symptoms, so it's recommended those who are sexually active get tested annually. Visit www.freetest.me to find out how you can get hold of a free self-testing kit.
Gloucestershire's Primary Care Strategy
NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is responsible for planning and ‘buying’ health services across the county, including local GP services.
They want to ensure that you can continue to access excellent healthcare and that your experiences of local GP services are the best they can be in the coming years.
They have produced a booklet for patients as a summary of their five-year plan. Click here to download a PDF copy.
Healthy Lifestyles in Gloucestershire - small changes can make a big difference
Health is one of the most valuable things that we can have. Small changes to our lifestyles and to how we live can have a big impact on our health and wellbeing.
If you live in Gloucestershire, the Healthy Lifestyles team is on hand to help and support you. They can work with you to identify small changes that you can make, as well as supporting you to achieve them.
Whether you’re thinking about losing weight, giving up smoking, getting more active or just improving your overall wellbeing, they are here to help you.
They can work with you, and they also have a range of tools that you can use on your own to make and track lifestyle changes that will help you to be your best.
Visit Healthy Lifestyles Gloucestershire for more information.
ADVICE ASAP smartphone app now available
Illness or injury? Not sure where to turn? Get advice ASAP
With this unique app, residents in Gloucestershire can:
- Search by condition e.g. earache and get information on symptoms
- Read up on care advice for each condition, including what you can do for yourself
- Find out which is the right healthcare service for you
- Search for healthcare services in your area
- The NHS 111 service
- GP surgeries
- Health Access Centre
- Community Minor Injury and Illness Units
- Hospital Emergency Departments (A&E)/999
- Check service opening hours, distance and location
- Call services direct via the app
- Save as many ‘favourite’ locations as you like such as your home, work, other family members etc
- Link through to the main ASAP website: www.asapglos.nhs.uk to access other resources including videos, news and advice.
New website for young people with mental health issues
With the help of children, young people, their families and others, Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group has written a five-year plan called ‘Gloucestershire’s Future in Mind’. The aim of the plan is to try and make things better for children and young people with mental health problems in Gloucestershire.
They found that children and young people want to know what help and support is available to them locally and nationally. They want to know how they can help themselves and which websites they can trust. That is why they have created the website https://www.onyourmindglos.nhs.uk to help young people get help when they need it and also do things to make them stronger, so they are more able to cope when things are tough.
Postural Stability Classes
Classes starting in Cam and Stroud to improve strength, balance and increase confidence. These classes require a referral form completed by a Health Professional in order to attend. Please click here for further details. If you believe the classes would benefit you please come in to the surgery to request a referral from your GP.
The PPG Needs You
Have you thought about becoming an active member of our Patient Participation Group? Would you like to be a part of improving and developing the services we offer to you? For more information please call in to the surgery and talk to us.
Alcohol and Diabetes
Diabetes is an ever increasing illness and can have quite an impact on a person's lifestyle. Click here for the Ultimate guide to Alcohol and Diabetes.
We assign all our patients a usual or accountable GP who is generally responsible for that patient's care. We do endeavor to keep patients under the same GP where possible to maximise continuity of care. However, this does not affect your right to see any GP of your choice. If you do not already know who your accountable GP is and you would like to, please phone reception who will be happy to inform you.
Did you know you can access some of your medical information on-line? Please click here to see what services are available to patients.
Electronic Prescription Service
We are pleased to offer this service to our patients. The electronic prescribing service allows us to securely send your prescription electronically to a pharmacy of your choice, saving you from having to come into the surgery to pick up a paper prescription. Further details are available in our EPS Information Leaflet. Please ask our reception staff to arrange for you to receive this service.
NHS - Behind the Headlines
NHS Health news is available from https://www.nhs.uk/news. Health News from the BBC and the NHS Choices can be viewed below.