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Type 2 Diabetes

Check out our diabetes page to see how you can help us to beat diabetes together!

http://www.nightingalevalleypractice.co.uk/info.aspx?p=11

Appointment survey

We're looking to get some feedback from our patients about our appointment system to make future improvements. We will review the results over the next 4 weeks and will publish a communication about any next steps. Please follow the link below to take you to the survery and thank you in advance to those of you who have taken the time to complete it.
https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/C5QM7ZN

Book your flu jab!

Our flu vaccination clinics are now open for NHS eligible adults and children.

Please check your eligibility on the NHS website

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/flu-influenza-vaccine/

BUILDINGS IMPROVEMENTS AT BROOKLEA 

What is happening?

The landlord of Brooklea Health Centre, NHS Property Services, has commenced a schedule of capital works to repair the roof of Brooklea and decorate most of the internal spaces. 

Why is this happening?

The leaks in the roof have been substantial and if you have visited us recently you will have seen water collection points in the main reception area. The water damage has been quite extensive so redecoration is required.

 

During this process we expect the sinks, walls and floors in the clinical rooms to be updated. 

What does this mean for you?

There is no gain without a little pain, unfortunately.

There is no spare space in the building to store furniture that will be removed from rooms whilst they are being updated. Also, the workers will need somewhere to rest. With these issues in mind, space has been allocated from the rear car park for containers to provide this required space.

This means there our car parking capacity will be reduced by between 2 and 4 car parking spaces during the period of refurbishment and repairs.

Also, there will be noise disruption during this period, although the workmen will do their best to minimise the impact.

We expect the period of refurbishment and repair to be completed by the end of February 2019. 

What do we need you to do to help us?

Please do bear with us during this period as at the end of the disruption the space we all share will be so much nicer.

We understand that during the building update it will be a bit noisy, possibly dusty and have less parking but this is such a good thing for Brooklea that we are working with the wonderful team of contractors to try and make it as pleasant as possible.

You may find it beneficial to allow yourself an extra 5 minutes to find a car parking space either in Brooklea car park or on the street as you may need to walk a little further than normal.

We would really appreciate your understanding during this period and we will do our best to make it a good experience despite any disruption!

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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