This month we were very honoured to receive a letter from the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, congratulating us on the fantastic work being done at the Homeless Health Service as well as our recent ‘Outstanding’ CQC inspection.
Marvin Rees, the Mayor of Bristol, kindly attended a talk this month on alcohol addiction from Dr Clare Fleming (GP at BrisDoc’s Homeless Health Service) to give his personal thanks to Clare who is sadly retiring from the service after giving 10 years of dedicated, selfless service to some of the most deprived and needy people in Bristol.
The Care Quality Commission visited our Homeless Health Service on the 5th and 6th June 2017 and awarded us OUTSTANDING!
Throughout the past year Robyn White has been fundraising for a charity called Dig Deep that provides clean water and sanitation for communities in Africa by asking people to sponsor her climb of Mount Kenya.
BrisDoc’s Head of Out of Hours Nursing Frank Burge has been awarded the title of Queen’s Nurse.
The title of Queen's Nurse can be awarded to an experienced Nurse who is committed to high standards of practice and patient-centered care. The Queen’s Nurse Institute supports innovation and best practice, in order to improve care for patients. They believe that one way to do this is to bring together community nurses who share common values with a shared title.
Over the past 2 years, the BrisDoc Community Fund has been funding an ambitious project to build a brand new primary care health centre in Kampala, one of the poorest, most neglected and under resourced areas of Uganda.
After a slow start, the project has sprung into life making some fantastic progress over the past 12 months. With that in mind it was high time for a visit to see for ourselves the amazing work being carried out.
Dr Ray Montague (BrisDoc Chairman) and Dr Mike Taylor (Lead GP from BrisDoc’s Homeless Health Service and Chairman of the BrisDoc Community Fund) made a week-long visit to Kampala. What follows is a fascinating diary account of their time at the Wellsprings project.
Once again, a survey was undertaken by Audit South West for Urgent Health UK (UHUK), the Out of Hours member organisation, with staff from all organisation members encouraged to take part. Across 14 questions the survey sought the views of staff about BrisDoc’s culture with respect to patient safety.
From 4 July 2017, the A&E unit at Weston General Hospital will be temporarily closed overnight between 10pm and 8am. During these times, emergency ambulances will automatically be diverted to a neighbouring A&E unit. You will still be seen in A&E during the day and the main hospital remains open as usual.
we managed to raise a grand total of £4,984.42 (including a generous £500 donation from the BrisDoc community fund). All money will be donated to SARSAS, a charity who run a helpline for survivors of rape and sexual abuse.
So far, a total of £235,000 has been invested in the Community Fund since 2014 with even more being raised by the fundraising efforts of BrisDoc. we are investing in a new health facility in Uganda with a charity called “Wellspring"
And the new building – two floors and more space to serve the community.
Aiming to collectively walk 5 million steps is a great challenge to boost your health and wellbeing. However, many of the staff at Northville Family Practice were finding this hard to achieve being based in a converted house on a busy main road where there was little opportunity to build up the number of steps in a confined space.
Thank you to everyone who donated money towards the BrisDoc Sleep out campaign. We managed to raise a fantastic total of £6096.76 with the help of a very generous £3,000 donation from the BrisDoc Community Fund. Below is a short account of how the night went by Andy Morrison (BrisDoc Marketing, Communications & IT).
Broadmead was delighted to welcome its first ever Junior Doctor in training, Dr Sarah Schimansky an F2 Doctor, in late December 2016
A number of BrisDoc employees will be swapping the comforts of their own beds to spend one night sleeping on the streets help raise money in aid of Crisis Centre Ministries and highlight the challenges faced by homeless people out on the streets every single day.
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The Wellspring Community Project is a charity that was set up to help develop essential local services and so far it has built schools, various micro-finance projects, a church, as well as a primary care facility which over time has become too small to cope with the demand of the fast growing population, and needed to be re-built.
We have received feedback from over two thirds of all our employees, helping us to analyse and assess the quality and success of our service.
I always knew it was bad for my health and pocket and always intended to give up “soon” but it always seem so much easier to do it tomorrow. Tomorrow never came until the arrival of my twin Granddaughters in August 2014.
BrisDoc are proud to be celebrating our first year of management at Northville Family Practice, it has been a fantastic year with lots of great things to feel positive about....
NHS patients in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire are being urged to get the ‘Right Care, First Time’ as part of a new information campaign.
The campaign aims to tackle the high numbers of people attending A&E with minor injuries or illnesses which could be treated more quickly and easily via an alternative provider such as a GP or minor injuries unit.
Almost 230,000 people in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire attended the area’s main A&E units during 2015/16, including the Bristol Royal Infirmary, Southmead Hospital and Weston General Hospital. Of these, one in four (nearly 58,000) were not admitted and received guidance or advice only that could have been delivered via an alternative service.
Bristol Hospitality Network (BHN) provide full board accommodation and support to asylum seekers in Bristol. They do a fantastic job...
NHS Audit South West undertake audits of all Urgent Health UK member organisations, covering the majority of all Out of...
BrisDoc is very proud to have been awarded the contract to deliver the primary healthcare for the homeless population of Bristol. We will begin to deliver this service from 1st October this year. BrisDoc clinicians will see and treat homeless patients who visit the Compass Centre on Jamaica Street, Stokes Croft as well as outreach teams who actively go out into the community to seek homeless patients who may need our help.
A survey was undertaken by Audit South West for Urgent Health UK (UHUK), the Out of Hours member organisation, with staff from all organisation members encouraged to take part. Across 14 questions the survey sought the views of staff about BrisDoc’s culture with respect to patient safety. Our overall score was an impressive 81 compared to the survey average score of 78, the higher the score the more positive staff felt.
Every year BrisDoc take the chance to celebrate our members of staff who have reached substantial milestones working for BrisDoc and within local NHS services.
BrisDoc is passionate about supporting the development of individuals and are delighted to be a learning organisation. Being a learning organisation enables us to grow together and share our skills and knowledge to make a positive impact and grow as a team.