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“The 12-18th November is ‘Self Care week’. As a practice one of our aims is ‘To provide high quality health care while encouraging patients to take responsibility for their own health and illness.’ Clearly with the demands currently facing the NHS it is really important for patients to be able to help themselves when appropriate. We have listed below a number of resources which we feel may help you to do this more effectively.”

We are currently developing our new Heart of Bath Medical Partnership Website, which will have more navigation tools and useful information.  In the meantime please see some of the information on the links below:

For Acute illnesses


What to have in your medication cabinet and why:


For parents with children


Very good app available to smart phones called “HandiApp” which gives advice on common childhood conditions.


Also a very good Wessex website:


Explains common childhood illnesses including:


High Temperature/Fever, Breathing difficulties and wheeze, Cough and Cold, Sore Throat, Earache, Diarrhoea and Vomiting, Tummy ache, Rashes in babies and children and Common infections.



For those that have young babies


There is an app called ‘Baby buddy’

This gives advice for parents with new babies- what is normal and what is not.

For adults:


Very good website called the self care forum


Good fact sheets on:



Common cold    




Headache and migraine

Heartburn and indigestion

Low Back Pain

Otitis media


Sore throat

Sprains and strains

Urine symptoms in men


For patients that have difficulty swallowing tablets


There are helpful hints at:



For patients with mental health problems


Improving Access

BEMS started providing the Improving Access (IA) service from 1 October 2018 for most practices in B&NES. This service is for patients needing routine, bookable in advance, core primary care services. We have clinics available at each IA site and patients can book into them via their GP practice receptionists. GP practice receptionists will also have a live list of the services we are providing. The plan is to have appointments available 6-9pm Monday to Friday and Saturday and Sunday mornings at Elm Hayes and Oldfield Surgery/Widcombe Surgery, Saturday mornings only at St Augustine’s in Keynsham. We plan to have GPs and nurse appointments and the service will not run without GPs. We are still working with nurses to start filling the shifts.

In the meantime, your GP practice receptionists will be able to see exactly which clinics are available at each site, and with whom, as we build the service up. They will also have the evolving list of core primary care services we can provide.

The staff working in the Improving Access sites will have access to your GP practice patient record if you have given permission to share.


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 Clinic has now opened at our Oldfield Site, 45 Upper Oldfield Park, Bath, BA2 3HT

We have  two urgent clinic doctors at  the Oldfield Site, 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.  There is an Advanced Nurse Practitioner who can see a lot of common ailments, rather than needing to see the doctor. There is also a Paramedic, who will do home visits.

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.

AquAid Africa

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 ""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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