Practice News

10th Aug

Summer Newsletter 2022

7th Aug

Next Link - Drop in Session

Next Link we be offering a new advisory drop in session for individuals who would like to seek advice /support around domestic violence/abuse

The sessions will be held every Wednesday 10-12@ Symes Hartcliffe

say
1st Aug

Have your Say

A big conversation with people in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire:
 
What keeps you happy, healthy and well? That’s the question being asked by the Integrated Care System (ICS) for Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire - https://bnssg.icb.nhs.uk/.../the-integrated-care-system.../
 
As part of a wide-ranging engagement exercise to shape local health and care priorities for the next two, five, 10 and 20 years.
 
We know that being healthy isn’t just about healthcare. It’s about all the factors that contribute to wellbeing. Integrated Care Systems are the opportunity to get this right, and really invest in what people need to stay happy, healthy and well. That’s why we’re running a large-scale public engagement exercise as a whole system – we want to know what matters most to local people, so that our plans reflect their views.
 
This summer have your say on what’s important to your health. For some it’s access to green spaces, for others it’s about activities in the local community or how to travel to work. Join the conversation this summer online or in person and you could win £125 worth of high-street vouchers! Find out more at
Home
15th Jul

COVID - Rise in cases

Try to stay at home and avoid contact with others if you have symptoms of COVID-19.
 
Read more about the symptoms of COVID-19
 
Getting vaccinated offers the best protection against COVID 19
 
It reduces the risk of spreading it to others and means you're less likely to get seriously ill.
 
Find your nearest walk-in clinic by visiting:
 
Job Vacancy
8th Jul

**JOB OPPORTUNITY** - Priory Surgery is looking for a Receptionist to join our team.

The successful candidate will join the reception team and be the first point of contact for our patients as well as working with the wider admin team and clinical teams.
 
If you are flexible, a good communicator, able to understand and maintain patient confidentiality, be punctual, reliable and hardworking. Your application are welcome by emailing a CV to bnssg.priory.surgery@nhs.net
 
Experience in a similar role is desirable but not compulsory.
 
For further information please call Operations Manager Tina on 01179493988
 
Thank you
 
Priory Surgery
gp Cares
8th Jul

General practice in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire is changing.

We want to make sure everyone can access the right support when they need it, whether that’s online or face-to-face, so general practice teams are growing to include an even wider variety of medical specialists.
 
This means you may be offered an appointment with one of these specialist members of staff, instead of a GP.
 
These changes mean as many people can access general practice as possible, so that we can prevent long-term ill health and help everybody live healthier, longer lives. We’re working closely with our partners in community services, social care, hospitals and mental health to make this happen.
 
Your general practice team can now offer you more specialist services than ever. That’s because these teams include a variety of highly trained medical professionals, who each bring extensive, specialist knowledge to local care.
 
These GP-led teams include roles like Advanced Nurse Practitioners, Physiotherapists, Mental Health Support Workers or Wellbeing Coaches, Social Precribers and Clinical Pharmacists.
 
They work together closely, and if a specialist needs assistance from a GP, this can happen quickly and easily.
Heat Stroke
8th Jul

Difference between heat exhaustion and heatstroke

Temperatures are on the rise again, with another possible heatwave on the way. 🌡
 
But would you be able to tell the difference between heat exhaustion and heatstroke?
 
Here's how to spot the signs:
 
Family Ims
5th Jul

Family Routine Vaccinations

Keeping up to date with routine vaccinations gives you and your children the best protection from infectious diseases.
 
Find out more about vaccinations and how to book on the NHS website:
 
MP
5th Jul

The NHS continue to investigate cases of Monkeypox across the country.

It's important to recognise the symptoms and what to do if you have symptoms suggesting Monkeypox.
 
You get a rash with blisters plus aches, a fever and swollen glands for up to three weeks.
 
Find out more info on the NHS website:
 
Grief
5th Jul

⚠️ Trigger warning - bereavement content.

It’s National Bereaved Parents Day - a day to recognise those affected by the loss of a child.
 
There's no right or wrong way to feel when coping with loss. If you're struggling with grief or you need more support, there is help available.
 
COVID
5th Jul

Increase in COVID-19 cases in Bristol

Bristol along with the rest of the country is seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases. This is most likely being driven by the effects of COVID-19 restrictions ending and greater social mixing combined with the spread of the BA5 strain of the Omicron variant. The Omicron variant is highly infectious and this new strain appears to be causing some reinfections.
 
We are providing the following advice to the public:
 
To protect yourself and others please ensure that you are up to date with your COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters. Be mindful of those who may be more at risk and continue to:
 
• Let fresh air in if meeting others indoors
• Wash your hands
• Wear a face covering or mask when in busy or enclosed spaces
 
If you have symptoms of a respiratory infection, such as COVID-19, you have a high temperature or do not feel well enough to go to work or carry out normal activities, you are advised to try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people.
5th Jul

Your Holiday Hub - Activities for children

Your Holiday Hub is back this summer, with hundreds of activities for children and young people aged four to 16 across Bristol to get involved in.
 
At Your Holiday Hub, there are a mix of funded and non-funded clubs and activities over the school holiday, including cookery classes, sports, art, drama, and forest school.
 
Find out more on the Your Holiday Hub website:
 
Med's aboard
27th Jun

CAN I TAKE MY MEDICINES ABROAD

If you are planning to travel overseas this summer and you need to take medicines with you, you should check if there are any restrictions before you go. Medicines that are prescribed or can be bought over the counter in the UK, can be restricted or banned in other countries.
More advice here:

Can I take my medicine abroad? - NHS (www.nhs.uk)

Blood
24th Jun

Save a life, give blood

Spare an hour of your time to give blood and help save up to three lives. You’ll find out your blood type after your first donation 🅰️🅱️🆎🅾️
Register here:
 
 
Giving blood saves lives and it's safe and easy. Most people aged between 17-65 can donate.
If you're interested in giving blood, find out more here:
 
Symptoms of Diabetes
24th Jun

Symptoms of Diabetes

If you're living with diabetes, it's important to monitor your blood sugar level. Here’s some advice to help lower your blood sugar when it is too high.
More info:
 
Type two diabetes is the commonest form of diabetes to affect people and this short video explains why type two diabetes happens and some of the symptoms you might get if you have type two diabetes:
 
Dehydration adults
24th Jun

Dehydration

It's starting to get very warm in parts of England. It's vital that you drink plenty of fluids to keep yourself hydrated.
 
Be aware of the symptoms of dehydration, and drink plenty of water to keep yourself properly hydrated. Try to avoid excess alcohol.
 
Babies and young children can become ill during very hot weather: click on the attached link to see how to keep your child safe in the sun.
 
24th Jun

Eye Health Advice

If you’re aged 60 or over, you can have a free eye test at least every two years on the NHS.
 
There are other ways you can keep on top of the condition of your eyes in the meantime, these include wearing sunglasses, eating healthily and quitting smoking.
 
Heat Rash
24th Jun

Heat Rash

Heat rash is uncomfortable, but usually harmless. Symptoms include small, raised spots, mild swelling and an itchy, prickly feeling.
 
Here is advice on how you can treat or prevent heat rash yourself:
 
Scam
24th Jun

Beware of COVID Payment Scams

⚠️ We've seen reports of fake NHS text messages about ordering Omicron COVID-19 test kits ⚠️ 
 
We never ask for bank details, so please be aware of suspicious messages.
 
Find out more about scam emails, texts and phone calls:
 
CCG
24th Jun

NHS Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) will become NHS Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Integrated Care Board (ICB)

From 1 July 2022 NHS Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) will become NHS Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Integrated Care Board (ICB).
 
This change is happening to all CCGs across England, as part of the national reforms under the Health and Care Bill.
 
Read more:
Sun Cream
14th Jun

Protect your skin

Protect your skin
 
The longer a bottle of sunscreen is open, the less effective it is at protecting your skin. If you’re using the same sunscreen from last summer, check that it hasn’t expired before using it.
 
More advice here:
Low Calorie
14th Jun

Low-calorie diet for people who are living with type 2 diabetes

The low-calorie diet for people who are living with type 2 diabetes and overweight or obesity is now open to referrals in BNSSG.
 
The programme is for people who wish to lower their weight and improve diabetes control. Two studies have shown that participants can reduce their diabetes-related medication and, in some cases, achieve type 2 diabetes remission.
 
You and your diabetic practititioner will work to together over 12 month and the support you will receive during this time will include:
 
  • An initial one to one assessment 
  • 20 sessions with your diabetic practititioner
  • 39 online support modules 
  • Final one to one assessment 

Health and Wellbeing | Xyla Health & Wellbeing (xylahealthandwellbeing.com)

 
Or call 0333 577 3561
 
The Priory Team
Skin
14th Jun

Protect your skin again skin cancer

Protect your skin
 
No matter your complexion, always use protection. 🌞
 
Protecting your skin from the sun can help reduce your chance of developing skin cancer. Apply sunscreen and try to keep out of the sun during the hottest parts of the day.
 
Learn more about sun safety:
Bites
14th Jun

Insect bites and stings

Warmer weather is enjoyable for many, but it can also mean an increase in insect bites and stings.
 
Here's advice on what to do if you've been bitten or stung, and when you should seek medical advice:
Cuts
14th Jun

Cuts and Grazes

With many children now heading towards their summer break, here's a reminder of how to treat cuts and grazes.
 
Stopping the bleeding, cleaning the wound thoroughly and covering it with a plaster or dressing is usually all that's needed. More advice here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/cuts-and-grazes/
14th Jun

Are you over 18 and looking for ways to improve your mental health?

Are you over 18 and looking for ways to improve your mental health?
 
Second Step in Bristol offer free workshops and courses aimed at helping people improve their wellbeing and make improvements to their mental health. Workshops are based in the community to make them easier to access.
 
For more information visit:
Smoking
14th Jun

No Tobacco Day

Stopping smoking is one of the best things you will ever do for your health.
 
When you stop, you give your lungs the chance to repair and you’ll start to feel the benefits. It's never too late to quit.
More info:
 
Monkey Pox
14th Jun

Monkeypox

Monkeypox
 
Monkeypox is a rare infection that's mainly found in parts of west or central Africa. There have been some recent cases in the UK, but the risk of catching it is low.
 
Anyone can get monkeypox, so it's important to be aware of the symptoms.
 
19th May

LifeStyle Club

The next round of information sessions for the Lifestyle Club are running w/c May 23rd.  Please go to www.calendly.com/thelifestyleclub for more information
 
This is the last session until September so dont miss out!
 
The Priory Surgery Team
Dementia
19th May

Dementia Awareness

 
 
A dementia diagnosis can come as a shock to the person with the condition and those around them. However, there are sources of help and support for everyone involved:
 
If you’re worried that someone you care about may be having problems with their memory, this advice from the Alzheimer’s Society might be helpful to you. The advice looks at how to raise the issue, including where and when might be a good time or place:
 
Memory problems are not just a sign of getting older, they are a sign of being unwell. Do you find it difficult to remember people’s names, or find you’re putting things in places that they don’t belong? If so, it’s possible you’re having memory issues. Have other people noticed you’re struggling with your memory? The Alzheimer’s Society has some useful information on things you might want to think about.
Dem police
19th May

Dementia Safeguarding Team

Dementia Safe Guarding Team
 
BDAA has teamed up with Avon Fire & Rescue and Avon & Somerset Police.
 
Offering wristbands for people living with dementia. These wristbands contain the contact number of their next of kin and can be scanned by anyone with a smart phone.
 
We hope this will help people who are alone, lost or confused to be reunited with their loved ones quickly. No other personal details are contained on the wristband
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dehydration
19th May

Dehydration

It's likely to be hot and humid this week, which can increase your risk of dehydration.
 
Drink fluids when you feel any dehydration symptoms. If you find it hard to drink, start with small sips and then gradually drink more
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 .
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.
 
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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