Practice News

JOB VACANCY
16th Apr

JOB VACANCY

Cleaner required for 2 hours per day out of opening hours.

Please email nicky.johnson@nhs.net for more information.

Breast Screening
11th Apr

Breast Screening

As a practice we really support breast screening. With 1 in 8 women being diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, it’s important to detect cancer as early as possible to have the best chance of successful treatment.
All women registered with our practice and aged 50-70 years will be invited for screening every 3 years. Make sure you attend your appointment when you receive your invitation. Screening saves lives.

Breast screening is a very important part of staying healthy and looking after yourself. Women aged 50-70 years will be invited for screening once every 3 years and it’s really important you attend. If you want to speak to a health professional about breast screening contact 01793 604036. They/We can talk you through what will happen and what to expect. You can also find a handy guide about what happens at breast screening here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/breast-cancer-screening/what-happens/

The breast screening van will next be in our area – from April- June 2024.  We know that attending breast screening is really important and most women will attend when they receive their appointment letter. If you’ve been putting it off, or want to talk the screening appointment through, we’re happy to help and give you the information you need. Call 01793 604036 or contact whc.wilts.bss@nhs.net to find out more.  

Flu Vaccine
4th Sep 2023

FLU VACCINES

  • Flu is much worse than a heavy cold
  • You are at grater risk of complications from flu
  • The flu vaccine is very safe
  • The flu vaccine is the best protection we have against an unpredictable virus
  • The flu vaccine CANNOT give you flu
  • The flu vaccine stimulates your body's immune system to make antibodies to attack the flu virus
  • It can take up to 2 weeks for the flu vaccine to work
  • You need to have the flu vaccine each year
  • Pregnant people can have the vaccination at any stage of pregnancy
  • Your vaccination helps to protect those around you too

CALL US TO CHECK ELIGIBILITY AND CLINIC DATES!!

Marlborough Park Run
10th Jul 2023

Happy 75th NHS!!!

Marlborough Parkrun celebrated the 75th anniversary of the NHS this weekend and Dr Angela Paddon (a dedicated Parkrunner) enjoyed the occasion complete in her scrubs!

"Wow! It was amazing to see so many of you at parkrun this morning to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the NHS. The forecast was 75% chance of rain and I was very grateful for the cool rain which fell towards the end because I was running in my hot scrubs.

A total of 75 + 42 took part this morning. There were lots of tourists today with some coming from more than 75 miles away. 

It is so important that the NHS continues to provide care free at the point of access. This makes it very precious and we should all be doing our very best to ensure that we enable the NHS to provide this care in the future by living active and healthy lifestyles. All of you running, walking, running/walking this morning were doing exactly that, the important thing is that you are there on Saturday morning. It is wonderful to see so many youngsters running with parents encouraging them. It is equally wonderful to see older people who never ran when they were younger getting involved as walkers, runners and volunteers. The parkrun at Marlborough Common not only helps us exercise, it also provides a wonderful Community vibe because of the friendliness, encouragement and humour of the volunteers and participants. My favourite part is the apres parkrun coffee at the golf club which is filled with laughter and chat. Parkrun is important for both our physical and mental health.

On the run this morning some people who passed me said 'thank you NHS for all your hard work'. I was too out of breath to say 'thank you for looking after yourself and keeping fit and healthy'. So I shall say it now....Thank you for appreciating the NHS, for living active and healthy lifestyles and promoting this to your friends and family.

I look forward to celebrating 100 years of the NHS and, although I will have retired by then, I still hope to be running!'    Dr Angela Paddon

 

Power Cut Support
29th Nov 2022

Free Extra Support During Power Cuts

Scottish & Southern Electricity Networks.

Get free extra support during power cuts - register for Priority Services.

What we aim to offer: 

  • Priority treatment during planned or unplanned power cuts
  • Connection to emergency services
  • Emergency power supplies
  • Safety advice tailored to your needs
  • Provisions for your Community
  • Peace of mind

Call free on 0800 294 3259 or visit https://www.ssen.co.uk/power-cuts-emergencies/priority-services/priority-services-registration-form/

Hungerford Resource Centre
23rd Nov 2022

Hungerford Resource Centre

Hungerford Resource Centre is a purpose built centre providing services for adults with learning disabilities, physical disabilities, frailty and dementia.

Please click on the link for further information:

https://www.westberks.gov.uk/article/38888/The-Hungerford-Resource-Centre

PPG
3rd Oct 2022

PPG

PPGs have an important role to play in enabling patients to have a say in the way services are delivered to best meet the needs of the local Community.

A PPG is an opportunity for patients and carers to work with the Practice to: 

  • Improve local services and quality of care
  • Improve communication with patients
  • Promote health and wellbeing
  • Ensure we remain accountable and responsive to patients needs

 Why join our PPG?

 As a PPG member you can: 

  • Suggest ideas for improvements and voice any concerns about how services are organised or managed
  • Provide feedback to the Practice about the patient experience
  • Help with communication between the Practice and the local population
  • Offer practical support to the Surgery

We would love to see you at our next meeting here in the Surgery on Thursday 18th April at 12.30pm.  If you would like to join us but are unable to come along, we do have a PPG Suggestion Box in the waiting room where you can let us know any ideas or concerns you have, these will be discussed and addressed at the next meeting and will be anonymised.

The Chairperson is Hayley Kane who is happy to be contacted directly if you would like her to raise any points on your behalf – please email hayleykane@hotmail.com 

The representative for Vernham Dean is Sue Solari suesolari@hotmail.co.uk and for East Grafton please contact Alison Comyn a.nec@btinternet.com

2nd November 2023 Minutes

Parish News
3rd Oct 2022

OUR DOCTOR WRITES

Dr Angela Paddon writes a monthly article covering relevant topics for the local parish magazine.

Please click the links below to read 'Our Doctor Writes'.

October 2022.docx

20-10-2022 Winter Wellness.docx

November 2023.docx

3rd Oct 2022

DNA APPOINTMENTS

When a patient does not attend a booked appointment, it is known as a 'Did not attend' or a DNA.

Most of our patients know it can sometimes be difficult to book a routine appointment with a GP or Nurse.

One thing that makes this more difficult to overcome is the problem of missed appointments - DNAs.

Patients sometimes have to wait longer than we would like for a routine appointment due to clinics being fully booked, it is at best disappointing when some of those patients do not turn up and have not contacted the practice to cancel the appointment so it can be released to other patients.

Remember, your DNA is another patient's denied appointment and we kindly ask that if you are unable to attend to contact the surgery to cancel so we can offer the appointment to another patient.

STATISTICS

FEBRUARY 2024: NUMBER OF DNAs: 59 APPOINTMENTS = 10.75 HOURS OF DRS/ NURSE TIME (INCREASE OF 21 APTS ON JANUARY)

JANUARY 2024 : NUMBER OF DNAS: 38 APPOINTMENTS = 6 HOURS OF DRS/NURSE TIME

DECEMBER 2023 : NUMBER OF DNAs: 28 APPOINTMENTS = 5 HOURS/5 MINS OF DR/NURSE TIME

NOVEMBER 2023 : NUMBER OF DNAs: 46 APPOINTMENTS = 8 HOURS/45 MINS OF DR/NURSE TIME

OCTOBER 2023 : NUMBER OF DNAs: 49 APPOINTMENTS = 10 HOURS/6 MINS OF DR/NURSE TIME

SEPTEMBER 2023 : NUMBER OF DNAs: 53 APPOINTMENTS = 13 HOURS/54 MINS OF DR/NURSE TIME

AUGUST 2023 : NUMBER OF DNAs: 32 APPOINTMENTS = 7 HOURS/20 MINS OF DR/NURSE TIME

JULY 2023 : NUMBER OF DNAs: 36 APPOINTMENTS = 8 HOURS/5 MINS OF DR/NURSE TIME

JUNE 2023 : NUMBER OF DNAs: 33 APPOINTMENTS = 9 HOURS/15 MINS OF DR/NURSE TIME

MAY 2023 : NUMBER OF DNAs: 38 APPOINTMENTS = 6 HOURS/50 MINS OF DR/NURSE TIME

APRIL 2023 : NUMBER OF DNAs: 68 APPOINTMENTS = 14 HOURS/9 MINS OF DR/NURSE TIME

MARCH 2023 : NUMBER OF DNAs: 52  APPOINTMENTS = 14 HOURS/20 MINS OF DR/NURSE TIME

FEBRUARY 2023 : NUMBER OF DNAs: 29 APPOINTMENTS = 7.5 HOURS OF DR/NURSE TIME