Flu season has arrived!
St James's site will be holding flu clinic on the 1st October till 26th October 13.30-14.00pm this is a walk-in service so arrive at St James's reception for the receptionist to add your name to the list for the day you arrive.
The flu vaccine is routinely given on the NHS to:
- adults 65 and over (including adults over 18 at risk of flu)
- pregnant women
- children aged 2 and 3
- children in reception class and school years 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5
- children aged 2 to 17 years at risk of flu
You are eligible for the flu vaccine this year (2018/19) if you will be aged 65 and over on March 31 2019 – that is, you were born on or before March 31 1954. So, if you are currently 64 but will be 65 on March 31 2019, you do qualify.
Nasal flu vaccines - all children aged two and three years old on 31 August 2018 (DOB between 1/9/14 and 31/8/16 inclusive) will be invited to have the intranasal (spray) vaccination at HOB towards the end of October.
Older school children will be offered vaccination at school. Unfortunately we are not able to vaccinate children who have missed having the flu vaccination at school – please discuss with your child’s school.
Nasal flu vaccines for children aged 2-18 with a clinical need will be invited to have the intranasal (spray) vaccination at HOB towards the end of October.
Please try to have your flu vaccination done at the same surgery as previous years.
However, if this is not convenient, patients are welcome to have their vaccine at the other site.
URGENT CARE CENTRE
Urgent Care Centre is now opened at Oldfield Number 45 surgery.
Following the merger there will be two urgent doctors at Oldfield, one to deal with urgent telephone calls and one to deal with urgent appointments, if all appointments at St James's and Junction Road have been taken.
When patients arrive at Oldfield Surgery use the right hand door as you look at the building from the car park. You are also welcome to use the car park, entered off Junction Road.
Read all about our merge on 1st April 18 with Oldfield Surgery on our news page
New Heart of Bath Partnership launches
Two GP practices in Bath are set to merge this spring, with plans for an additional practice to join them later in the year. From 1 April 2018, Oldfield Surgery and St James’s Surgery will form the Heart of Bath.
In October 2018, it is expected that Number 18 Surgery will also join the partnership before closing its current premises in Oldfield Park. Once finalised, the plan will be for Number 18 patients and staff to transfer to the Heart of Bath, in a move that is supported by Wessex Local Medical Committee, Bath and North East Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group and NHS England.
The Heart of Bath will operate from the following GP surgery locations:
- Oldfield Surgery at 45 Upper Oldfield Park, Bath,
- St James’s Surgery at 6-9 Northampton Buildings, Bath and
- Junction Road Surgery (a branch Surgery of St James’s Surgery), 8 Junction Road, Oldfield Park, Bath.
Dr Arun Gadhok, GP Partner at St James’s Surgery said: “Patients of Oldfield Surgery and St James’s won’t see any difference to services in April; they will still contact their practice in the same way and continue to see the same GPs and other staff in the same location.
“Those patients joining the Heart of Bath from Number 18 surgery in October can choose whether they want to be seen at the Oldfield Surgery site, or St James’s Surgery, depending on which is more convenient for them. Furthermore, by then we would expect all Heart of Bath patients to be able to choose which premises they are seen at.”
Dr Charles Berrisford, GP Partner at Number 18 said: “We are very sad to announce the closure of Number 18. The practice has had a long history and has established a great relationship with both patients and people who have worked with us.
“After a number of retirements, we have been unable to recruit new GP partners and our NHS income has reduced because of our relatively small patient list size. We’ve explored whether we can secure investment in the business but unfortunately the premises are not big enough.”
He added; “We are committed to supporting our patients throughout this period of change and are very excited about the opportunity to work with the Heart of Bath, which will mean our current patients would see familiar faces among the practice teams at the nearby Heart of Bath surgery sites.”
Corinne Edwards, Director of Acute and Primary Care Commissioning at Bath and North East Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group said: “The merger will bring many benefits to patients. The Heart of Bath will provide opportunities for even better access to GPs, nurses and other primary care services in years to come, and makes it easier for staff to share examples of best practice to further drive up standards of care.”
“By joining in this way, the practices will also save money and time by sharing back-office functions, leaving more resources available to improve services for patients.”
Dr Gadhok said: “For example we will look at how we can manage demand for same-day appointments better, and how we can use technology more effectively. We will become a larger, stronger team, and in time we will be able to offer extended opening hours, and improved services for people with long-term illnesses.”
The details of the merger and closure of Number 18 Surgery will be published on the St James’s, Oldfield and Number 18 Surgery websites, as well as on posters in each practice location and by letter to patients of Number 18 by Friday 9 February. Patients of Number 18 surgery have been invited to drop-in sessions at the practice to ask questions and give feedback about the plans.
Number 18 would like to reassure patients there is no need to take any action to re-register with another practice at this time.
Staff from Oldfield Surgery, St James’s and Number 18 would like to thank all of their patients and colleagues for their continued support during this time of change.
Any patients currently registered at the three practices who have questions or feedback about the plans should contact the main practice email address:
St James’s Surgery BSCCG.email@example.com
Oldfield Surgery firstname.lastname@example.org
Number 18 BSCCG.email@example.com
Patient letter for the merge
We at St James’s Surgery are aware that keeping our patients, visitors and staff members hydrated will aid them to perform at their very best throughout the work day.
As a result, we decided to invest in "http://www.aquaidwatercoolers.co.uk"from AquAid.
Our unique relationship with AquAid has also given our company the opportunity to help those less fortunate than ourselves, because with each purchase an automatic donation is made to the Africa Trust. These funds are used to build ‘Elephant Pumps’ - a modified version of an age old Chinese rope pulley system. One such pump is currently being installed in Africa on our behalf and it will be a much needed source of clean and fresh drinking water for many.
Our organisation’s name will be proudly displayed on our well and we look forward to adding some photos and letters of thanks from the villagers to our site in the near future.
To date AquAid have built over 5,000 such Elephant Pumps across parts of Zimbabwe, Malawi and Liberia; and have donated in excess of £13 million to charity.
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