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Bristol Health Week

Nightingale Valley Practice and Birchwood Medical Practice are working together at Brooklea Health Centre to Promote Bristol Health Week week commencing Monday 9th October 2017, led by Dr Wallace from Nightingale Valley Practice.

Our staff will be taking part in various activities throughout the week including a Qhigong class, a skydive for Macmillan, healthy lunches and cycling to work.

We would like to invite patients over the age of 50 to our health fair on Wednesday 11th October 14:00-18:00 at Brooklea Health Centre.

This is our bid to raise awareness of Bristol Health Week and what we as a health service can offer to get as healthy as we can.

 We have invited plenty of local agencies of which some may be of benefit to you;

  • Smoking cessation Services
  • Support for patients and family during and after a cancer diagnosis including Penny Brohn UK
  • Slimming World
  • Greater Brislington 50+ which offers classes from cooking to exercises!
  • Re-enablement support for 50+
  • Biking and Exercise Groups

We will also be offering a walk in clinic for flu vaccinations, appointments for NHS Health Checks and top tips for staying healthy this winter!

Please come along and get involved!

What to expect when your GP refers you to the hospital or specialist

Here's a useful leaflet to know what to expect when your GP refers you to a specialist, particularly around tests and investigations, sick notes, and prescriptions.

Referral to a specialist

Council Tax Reduction (CTR) scheme – Publicity statement

Bristol City Council is currently reviewing its Council Tax Reduction (CTR) scheme for 2018/19. CTR is a discount scheme that supports households who have a low income with the cost of their council tax.  Any changes to the scheme will affect the amount of support working age households can get.  Pensioners are protected from any changes to the scheme under nationally prescribed regulations.

To have your say on the future of CTR, go to the council’s website and complete the online form before 24th September 2017.  If you would like information on the consultation in another format, please call 0117 922 2848 or e-mail consultation@bristol.gov.uk

Council Tax Reduction Poster

IMPORTANT CHANGES TO PATIENT REQUESTS FOR HOSPITAL TRANSPORT

What is happening?

Patients or their carers will need to make their requests for patient transport directly with the provider and not through the GP Practice

Why is this happening?

A review of journeys booked by GP practices identified that people who were not entitled to hospital transport were receiving it inappropriately which put a huge strain on resources.

Am I eligible for patient transport?

You are eligible for patient transport if:

   • Your medical condition means you cannot use other transport without damaging your health

   • Your mobility means you are unable to access healthcare by any other means

   • You need the skills or support of clinically trained staff and / or medical equipment during your journey

 Transport could also be provided to a patient’s escort or carer where their particular skills and/or support are needed. This may be appropriate in the case of accompanying a person with a physical or mental incapacity, a vulnerable adult, or in the case of patients needing a translator. This would need to be agreed for each individual case at the time of booking the transport.

What does this mean for you?

For all journeys after the 1st April 2017 you or your carer will need to contact the new provider.

 

Booking Office and enquiries 

T: 0300 777 6688

 

If you have already made a booking you don’t need to do anything as all the

bookings will be automatically transferred to E-zec.

  

If you require further information please visit the Bristol CCG Website

APPOINTMENT UPDATE

Due to an increase in demand, from Monday 4th April 2016 we will be changing the appointment system for urgent same day contact.
All urgent same day appointment requests will be triaged by telephone first. When contacting us, the receptionist will ask you for further details to ensure the appropriate clinician contacts you.
Routine appointments are available to book up to 4 weeks in advance either by contacting the receptionist or by booking an appointment online (ask for details).

 

PARKING AT BROOKLEA HEALTH CENTRE

The biggest complaint we receive at Nightingale Valley Practice in related to parking at Brooklea Health Centre; particularly cars parked across the entrance obstructing the access and providing poor visibility in and out near the school. Nightingale Valley Practice and Birchwood, with many others, have provided feedback to the Brislington Neighbourhood Partnership due to road safety concerns.

Great news - they are going to do some work to understand what could be done to alleviate this problem and reduce the risk of a major accident in the road. Here is the link - https://tracker.trafficchoices.co.uk/issue/849/show

MINOR AILMENTS

Speak to your pharmacist about treatment and advice for a variety of common ailments, including:

 -    Pain relief                                         - Hayfever

-    Coughs, colds and sore throats          - Allergies

-    Stomach complaints                           - Acne

-    Conjunctivitis and dry eyes                 - Cold sores

-    Hemorrhoids (piles)                           - Headlice

-    Holiday healthcare                             - Thrush

-    Warts and verrucae                           - Threadworm

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

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