As you will be aware the government recently announced the start of a new national anti-body testing programme, which plans to provide anti-body tests to NHS staff in England.
Fasting plays an important role in many major religions and is a central feature in all the Abrahamic faiths. In Islam, adult Muslims, who are able to, are required to fast during the month of Ramadan.
On the 27th March BMC celebrated 'wear a hat to work day' to raise money for Brain Tumour Awareness. It was a fun day, during a difficult time, raising money for an excellent cause.
Please watch the short video and read the latest PHE information for the public on the outbreak of coronavirus in China, including the current situation in the UK and information about the virus and its symptoms.
Join us in wishing a Merry Christmas to all the NHS staff working across the festive period to look after our friends, family and loved ones.
This month, two brand new (knitted) Nurse joined the NHS after kindly being donated by Nickey Walshaw (SevernSide IUC Team Manager). The two dolls were then auctioned off at BrisDoc's Head Office - Osprey Court with all money being donated to Macmillan Cancer Support & The Dogs Trust.
The G.B Britton Bowls Club in Speedwell had recently been fund raising to purchase a brand new defibrillator for the club. When BrisDoc heard about this, we decided to donate a defibrillator via the community fund to support the club, its members and the local community.
Charlotte Keel Medical Practice held an event this week to celebrate people who have achieved Remission of their Type 2 Diabetes through weight loss and healthy lifestyle changes. Eleven patients at the practice who have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and have made healthy lifestyle changes were invited in for the celebration.
We are also delighted to announce that Sarah Pearce (BrisDoc's Patient Safety and Compliance Coordinator) & Sam Hill (Acting Head of Workforce) have just passed the NHS Leadership Academy - Edward Jenner Programme.
We are very please to announce that BrisDoc's Urgent Care Services Lead - Julia Holman has just passed the NHS Leadership Academy - Nye Bevan Programme. This 12 month course is designed with national and international experts in health and organisational performance, the programme offers support and learning to build personal resilience, confidence and capabilities to develop senior NHS leaders of the future.
Well done to all the team at Broadmead Medical Centre who were inspected by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) back in September this year and received an overall rating of GOOD.
BrisDoc and the SevernSide IUC Service are now the proud owners of a new fleet of HYBRID electric vehicles. We have four brand new Honda CR-V's currently in the process of being readied for the road.
At Charlotte Keel Medical Practice (CKMP) due to the diversity of our practice population and particular concerns around MMR vaccination in some ethnic groups, we have had low uptake for MMR vaccination. In Mar-18 searches of the CKMP patient population indicated an uptake of 76% in the age group 3yr4m – 6yrs for having received both doses of MMR. This compares to a national aspiration to achieve a 95% update and the PHOF 2015/16 data which showed an average uptake of 88%.
A&E departments in Bristol are really busy at the moment. If you are worried about an urgent health problem and you're not sure what to do call 111 or go online to 111.nhs.uk. It's free to call and you will speak to a trained health advisor who will direct you to the right care for your needs. Help us to help you by only going to A&E in a real emergency.
24/7, wherever you are, this free app puts you in control - allowing you to book, view and cancel appointments at your GP surgery with ease.
The NHS is there to look after all of us, everyday. Free at the point of use for all who need it, but do you know how much it costs to run the National Health Service? Or how much it cost each time you use it?
18th - 24th November has been national Self Care Week and we have been asking the question, "Are You Self Care Aware?"
A HUGE well done to all our home bakers and shop bought fakers who filled tables full of delicious looking cakes across our services this month. And another Huge thank you to all who took part, played games, drank coffee/tea, ate cake and most importantly - donated money, all in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support's - World's BIGGEST coffee morning.
We would like to say a huge congratulations to our partners, Care UK who provide the NHS111 side of the SevernSide Integrated Urgent Care Service, who have recently been inspected & rated as 'Outstanding' by our regulators, the Care Quality Commission.
A HUGE congratulations to Broadmead Medical Centre who have been nominated and shortlisted in the final 3 in the Bristol & Bath Health and Care Awards in the category of GP Practice of the Year.
This month we celebrated, World Mental Health Day by introducing staff to a fantastic new set of online mental health resources from the NHS – Every Mind Matters: www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/
The Team at One25 - a charity that support women trapped in street sex work, have sent us a lovely video message thanking BrisDoc and the Homeless Health Service along with Avon & Somerset Police who have partnered to provide an in-house Prescribing Nurse to care for the many women who attend their service.
This month we were very pleased to receive a fantastic video message from the team in Kamparla, Uganda thanking the BrisDoc Community Fund for all the support provided over the past 4 years.
In July this year we received the sad news that local commissioners had made the decision not to reprocure the contracts for Bishopston Medical Practice and Northville Family Practice meaning that both GP Practices will close their doors when the BrisDoc temporary contracts end on 30th September 2019.
Flu vaccination is available every year on the NHS to help protect adults and children at risk of flu and its complications.
This years BrisDoc Dog show was a great success with 13 dogs and about 30 of their human friends came along.
The NHS is one of Britain’s greatest achievements but a lot has changed since it was created in 1948. Health and care leaders have come together to develop a Long Term Plan to make the NHS fit for the future, and to get the most value for patients out of every pound of taxpayers’ investment.
Members of the BrisDoc Acute GP Team participated in various events last month to raise money for the British Heart Foundation. The team were raising money in memory of an esteemed colleague Dr David Farrar who sadly passed away last year from myocarditis. The Team have managed to raise over £500 so far and there is still time to make a last minute donation via the teams JustGiving page.
Team Belinda, made up of Danielle Townsend, Liz Turner, Jess Turner and Phil Clarke all successfully completed the Bristol Half Marathon yesterday in memory of Belinda Clarke who passed away in February this year after sadly losing her battle to cancer. The team would like to share a HUGE THANK YOU for all the donations and words of encouragement.
Stoptober is back for its eighth year to help smokers break the habit of a lifetime. Trying to quit smoking can be one of the hardest things to do, but with the right amount of support and advice, you can do it!
Congratulations to Charlotte Keel's Lead Nurse, Liz Turner who has been nominated for an award in the General Practice Awards 2019.
BrisDoc's Community Fund have just approved further financial support to Wellspring to enable them to open the ground floor of the new Health Clinic and move from the current location. The current facilities that the team are working in are very cramped with just two consulting rooms (without wash basins), a corridor which doubles as a treatment room and a small bedded area at the rear of the building.
Team Belinda: Danielle Townsend, Liz Turner, Jess Turner and Phil Clarke are running in memory of Belinda Clarke who passed away in February this year after sadly losing her battle to cancer. We are a team of family and close friends of Belinda who enjoy running, like Belinda did too and couldn’t think of a better way to raise some money for charity.
Well done to Ade Williams who this month won the Excellence in Primary Care Award at the NHS Parliamentary Awards at the House of Commons.
Congratulations to Claire O'Connell who is part of our superb nursing team at BrisDoc's Homeless Health Service. Claire has been recognised by the Queen's Nursing Institute with an award for Innovation & Leadership for the successful development of the 'Five Ways to Wellbeing' program.
Members of staff from across all our services come together this month to discuss all things healthcare, health & wellbeing and how we can make BrisDoc a fantastic place to work.
We are pleased to announce that BrisDoc have gained Cyber Essentials Certification, a level of accreditation to confirm that as an organisation, our IT security meet the standard set out by The National Cyber Security Centre.
BrisDoc's Homeless Health Service (HHS) have recently been in contact with Vision Care for Homeless People, a charity who provide eyecare services to homeless and other vulnerable people in an accessible and friendly environment in which they feel safe, welcome and comfortable.