Practice News

Snoring
13th May

National Snoring Week

It's National Stop Snoring Week.
 
Simple lifestyle changes can help to stop or reduce snoring. Read more here: nhs.uk/Snoring
ms
13th May

MS Awareness

It’s MS Awareness Week
 
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a lifelong condition which can affect the brain and spinal cord, causing a wide range of potential symptoms, including problems with vision, arm or leg movement, sensation or balance.
 
All 1
13th May

Allergy Awareness

Allergies are thought to affect more than 1 in 4 people in the UK at some point in their lives. Having an allergy can impact your everyday activities, but most allergic reactions can be kept under control.
 
For more information on managing allergies, head to:
 
 
 
 
ChatHealth
13th May

Sirona Care & Health ChatHealth

Sirona Care & Health ChatHealth
 
If you are 11-19 and need some advice or support, you can text our school nurses.
 
FAST
13th May

It's Stroke Awareness Month

When stroke strikes Act F.A.S.T.
 
You could save your own or someone else's life, or help limit the long-term effects of stroke, by learning to think and Act F.A.S.T.
Hayfever
13th May

Top tips for managing Hayfever

Pollen counts are forecast to be high this weekend 🤧.
 
Here are some top tips on managing the symptoms of hay fever.
 
Find out more on the NHS website:
 
mh
13th May

Mental Health Awareness Week (9th to 15th May)

The focus of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week is Loneliness. Loneliness can affect anyone, even if they are surrounded by people. The global pandemic has brought loneliness into focus, as more people are now aware how difficult loneliness can be:
 
One of the groups who most often say they feel lonely are young people. Being surrounded by people doesn’t necessarily reduce feelings of loneliness. There are some things you can do to try and ease the feeling of being alone:
 
 
1.4 million older adults say they are often lonely. If this affects you, Age UK have some insight into loneliness in older adults and advice about how we can change this:
 
 
For a range of resources, tips and advice visit: www.MindingYourHead.info
D&V
13th May

Diarrhoea and vomiting

NHS.uk have seen more people than usual visiting the diarrhoea and vomiting pages on the NHS website over the last few days.
 
Norovirus is a stomach bug that causes vomiting and diarrhoea. If you catch norovirus, it’s important to rest and have plenty of fluids.
 
medi
13th May

Community Equipment with Medequip Label

Medequip are asking patients to return any Medequip labelled community equipment that is no longer required.
 
Patients can arrange for a free collection or drop off by calling 0117 957 9140 or email emersonsgreen@medequip-uk.com.
 
CRUTCHES that are no longer needed can also be returned to the Urgent care centre at South Bristol Community Hospital, Hengrove Promenade, Bristol BS14 0DE .
Work Experience
17th Apr

Virtual Work Experience

Know someone aged 14-18 who is interested gaining work experience this summer?
 
The NHS Healthier Together Partnership have places available on the following virtual work experience programmes:
 
📅 Non-Clinical Healthcare careers: 17 June-1 July
 
📅 Nursing and Healthcare careers: 11-15 July
 
Find out more by searching ‘NHS BNSSG’ on the Springpod website:
 
Tick
17th Apr

Be Tick Aware

With the weather getting warmer, many of us will be spending more time outdoors. Ticks & the potential risk of #LymeDisease shouldn’t prevent you from enjoying the outdoors, but there are some things you can look out for & do to avoid being bitten.
 
Read more in the following blog:
 
Travel Cert's
17th Apr

COVID-19 Recovery Letters/Certificates

The surgery has recently received a number of requests for these letters to be written or for certificates to be issued, for travel to non-European countries such as Caribbean, USA, Australia and Canada.
 
These letters are ONLY available via private companies and not on the NHS or via a GP.
 
Further information can be found on the NHS Fit for Travel website:
 
 
 
 
 
26th Mar

Hayfever season

All high strength treatments for hay fever are now available to purchase at your local pharmacy.
 
GPs will no longer be able to give routine prescriptions for hay fever treatments. This is BNSSG CCG Guidelines.
 
Patients are advised to speak to the pharmacy team for support and clinical advice about the treatment options available, including:
 
* Antihistamine tablets and syrups: good at preventing symptoms of hay fever when taken at the start of the day
* Antihistamine nasal sprays: can be used instead of, or in addition to, tablets to prevent nasal symptoms
* Steroid nasal sprays: can be used in addition to preventer medication to treat symptoms. Note, they can take approx. three days to begin to work
* Nasal inhalants: helpful to ease nasal congestion and eye drops: helpful to ease itching or dry eyes
* Pain relief medication: can be used to aid symptoms of sinus or head pain
* Cold/flu medications- decongestant / throat lozenges: can be taken to help ease congestion and sore, tickly throats
24th Mar

RECOVERING FROM COVID

We have noticed the number of POSITIVE lateral flow test results or PCRs has shot up recently suggesting the Omicron variant has spread vastly throughout Bristol (and likely nationally).
 
In turn many people are experiencing post Covid symptoms (eg fatigue, cough, dizziness) and some are developing Post Covid Syndrome (Long Covid).
 
This website has lots of useful information about how to manage your Post Covid recovery:
 
24th Mar

Managing Stress

There are lots of ways to make managing stress easier, like finding time to get active.
 
For more tips on reducing stress and improving your mental wellbeing visit Every Mind Matters: nhs.uk/every-mind-matters/
24th Mar

Did your child miss out on their vaccine at school

If your 12-15 year old missed out on getting their vaccine at school, you can still book online.
 
It's quick, easy and free.
 
 
 
24th Mar

It's never too late to get protected against COVID-19

It's never too late to get protected against COVID-19.
 
Book your COVID-19 vaccine appointment online or find your nearest walk-in site.
 
24th Mar

The Spring Booster campaign is here!

The Spring Booster campaign is here!
 
Spring COVID vaccination booster invites will be starting this week for patients who are 75+ year old, with clinics running from our Stockwood Vaccination Hub.
 
Please wait for your invite and book in when offered.
 
Please do not call the Practice or Stockwood to enquire - invites will be sent this week
 
Eligible patients for the Spring Booster campaign are:
 
75+ year olds who are 6 months from their last booster
12 year olds and above who are immunocompromised
 
If patients receive letters from NHS England you are welcome to book via the National Booking System or by calling 119 if you prefer
 
Please use the link in the text you are sent to book your appointment, if you do not have a smart phone please call the PCN COVID vaccine tel number 0117 4288189 or 0117 4288190
 
For any housebound patients we will be in contact in the near future
10th Mar

Type 1 Diabetes in Children

Remember that children can develop Type 1 Diabetes at any time 
 
Parents do you know the 4Ts of Type 1 Diabetes
 
  • Toilet
  • Tired
  • Thirsty 
  • Thinner 
 
Parents don’t ignore signs of #type1diabetes and don’t let the current COVID-19 pandemic put you off seeking help.
 
If symptoms develop, get your child’s blood sugar checked that day. For further information see http://pha.site/type1
10th Mar

Stroke - Fast Symptoms

Stroke - Knowing the signs and symptoms and acting FAST can improve the chances of survival and reduce the level of disability that results from a stroke.
 
F.A.S.T
 
Face - Has it fallen on one side?
 
Arms - Can they raise them?
 
Speech - Is it slurred
 
Time - If you notice any of these signs make the call dial 999 urgently
 
 
Even if symptoms are mild or don’t last, dial 999 immediately.
 
For more info visit: nidirect.gov.uk/stroke
 
10th Mar

MMR Vaccination

The Public Health Agency (PHA) is urging parents not to put off getting their child vaccinated against childhood illnesses such as measles, mumps and rubella.
 
If your child has missed a vaccination, please contact your GP practice to book an appointment as soon as you can to make sure they have maximum protection against disease.
 
The school-based vaccination programme, which includes the HPV, school leavers’ booster and menACWY is also continuing, so don’t forgot to sign and return consent forms when you receive them.
 
2nd Mar

Are you caring for a poorly child?

Are you caring for a poorly child?
 
Download the free NHS HANDiApp to gain access to the quick and easy to use child symptom checker for common childhood illnesses, plus advise on how best to treat them.
 
Find out more, including how to download, on our website: https://bnssgccg.nhs.uk/get.../campaigns/download-handi-app/
2nd Mar

My Planned Care - Hospital Waiting Times

The NHS has launched a website to enable patients to see how long the average wait time for treatment is at local hospitals.
 
This will help patients when being referred for treatment, to have information regarding timeframes of waiting lists and manage expectations.
 
Visit www.myplannedcare.nhs.uk to see the average wait times for hospitals in our region.
2nd Mar

Patients to wear masks, social distance and use hand gel when in the surgery

Dear patients
 
Like you, we are digesting the information from last night’s Downing Street briefing. We are awaiting further guidance on managing and safety within Health Care settings.
 
• From 24th February the legal obligation to self-isolate will be removed.
• Free testing for the general public will end on 1st April.
• We know many of you will be concerned about these changes.
 
Until specific guidance for healthcare settings is released, our practices will not change. We will continue to ask patients not to attend the surgery if they have COVID symptoms or have tested positive.
 
The Chief Medical Officer continues to advise safety measures to protect the vulnerable in our community. We will therefore continue to ask patients to wear masks, social distance and use hand gel when in the surgery. When further information is released for healthcare settings, we will provide an update.
 
Thank you for your continued support
 
Priory Surgery
12th Jan

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