Almondsbury Surgery

Almondsbury Surgery Sundays Hill Almondsbury BS32 4DS

Measles outbreak

We have been notified of a new outbreak of Measles. Most cases have been in Gloucestershire, but a South Gloucestershire nursery has also had confirmed cases.

If you attend the surgery and are unwell or have a rash and/or high temperature or have been exposed Measles, please let reception know so that you can wait to see the GP in a side room.

We have MMR vaccine if you have not previously been vaccinated against this disease and you can book an appointment with a nurse. Reception will be able to check your medical record if you are unsure of your immunisation history.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Intended Merger – Almondsbury Surgery and Hanham Health

Patient FAQs

Hanham Health and Almondsbury Surgery have submitted an application to NHSE to request permission to allow us to merge on 1/4/18. The partners and management teams of both practices have been developing this project over the last few months and, due to a confidentiality agreement which we were advised to sign, we have not been able to share this news with patients until now.

There are a number of legal and contractual questions which need to be settled before a merger between our practices can occur; however, it is felt that the prospects for a successful merger are good, and that the time is now right to advise our patients of this intent. Our staff and the Patient Participation Group were notified about the intended merger on 4 and 5 September, respectively.

The aim of the merger is to achieve a robust and sustainable practice, operating ‘at scale’ over a core of 3 community sites (Hanham, Oldland and Almondsbury Surgeries) building on the strengths of Almondsbury Surgery and Hanham Health, while maintaining the essential character of the merging parties.

It is envisaged that we will merge into a single, multi-site practice under the direction of a unified partnership board, and a centralised management team. Local management of day-to-day operations will be carried out at individual surgeries. Almondsbury Surgery, under the banner of Hanham Health, will continue to deliver healthcare services to its patient base from the current building.

It is emphasized that, although the expanded practice will be called Hanham Health, this should not be construed as a take-over by Hanham Health of Almondsbury Surgery. Although, in terms of patient list size, and geographical spread, Hanham Health is the larger, partners from both practices are keen to stress that this is a merger, drawing on the strengths of both practices. The Lead GP Partner from Almondsbury, Dr Martin Lockyer, will join the Hanham Health Partnership Board and steps will be taken to ensure that the individual cultures, identity and ethos of all three surgeries are maintained.

Hanham Health is a large, successful organisation, that has ventured into the custodial and MOD health environment and has a combined (community patients and prisoners) list size of 25,000. With our 5100 patients this moves us closer to what is described as an optimum size (30,000-50,000) for future sustainability. At this size, the merged organisation will be well placed to influence regional health care delivery models and large enough to compete for upcoming contracts.

Additionally, a dynamic, expanding, training organisation will mean more variety in professional opportunities for staff, and maintain a durable and strong managerial structure, which will strengthen our future ability to recruit and retain high-quality staff.

Both organisations have differing operating models – for example, Hanham Health does not operate a walk-in surgery. These models will be maintained while the merger beds down. Any organisational changes will be made gradually, only when the time is right and after extensive consultation, with patients and staff.

We are keen to hear patients’ views on this merger or to answer any questions which patients may have about it. Electronic feedback can be given by sending an email to the following address: ashh.patientconsult@nhs.net
Anonymous comments can be submitted electronically following this link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/BT8CCHP , or if preferred, it can be submitted on paper, either delivered directly to the reception desk at Almondsbury Surgery or by post. Envelopes should be addressed to Emma Williams, Strategic Practice Manager.

Although individual replies may be appropriate in some instances, we intend to post responses on the website; we will not, however, identify the origin of the question. This consultation period will end on 25th September 2017, but we will, of course, submit regular progress updates on this site.

In summary, all Partners, having conducted detailed due diligence into this project, are convinced that this merger has major potential benefits, both for patients and staff of both practices. They and the management team of both practices will do everything possible to ensure that this merger takes place smoothly, and in a way which does not compromise either practices’ ability to provide first-class patient care.

FLU Appointments for adults and children available

Our annual flu clinic was held in Almondsbury Village Hall on Saturday 30 September 2017 and was an enjoyable social event. It was lovely to see so many of you at the clinic – 464 of you to be exact! Our thanks to the PPG for doing the refreshments for us and signposting patients to the different services on offer.

We now have appointments available for eligible patients aged 6 months and over. Please phone or ask at reception to book in.

ELIGIBILITY 2017/18:
• all those aged two and three, years (but not four years or older) on 31 August 2016
through general practice (children of school years 1,2 and 3 and those aged 4 years will be vaccinated at school)
• people aged from 6 months to under 65 years of age with a serious medical condition such as:
• chronic (long-term) respiratory disease, such as severe asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or bronchitis
• chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
• chronic kidney disease at stage three, four or five
• chronic liver disease
• chronic neurological disease, such as Parkinson’s, Motor Neurone disease, or learning disability
• diabetes
• splenic dysfunction
• a weakened immune system due to disease (such as HIV/AIDS) or treatment (such as cancer)
• morbidly obese i.e. those with a Body Mass Index calculation of 40 and above
• all pregnant women (including those women who become pregnant during the flu season)
• people living in residential care homes or other long-stay care
• people aged 65 years or over (including those becoming age 65 years by 31 March 2018)
• people who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or those who are the main carer of an older or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill.

Decorating and work at the surgery

Roofing repairs have all been completed so we are ready to start the external painting work in November 2017.

We aim to maintain the premises to a high standard for both our patients and staff, and this is the final part of work to be carried out this year.