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48-50 Logan Road, Bishopston, Bristol, BS7 8DR
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Re: Protecting your child against measles

You may be aware that there has been an increase in the number of measles cases in England with some local outbreaks. This letter is to advise you how to protect your child / children and others. Although there has not been to date a measles outbreak in Bristol, we strongly recommend that all children who are vaccinated receive the MMR vaccine to protect them.


Measles can cause very serious illness

Measles usually causes a runny nose, red eyes, cough, high temperature and rash. It can also cause complications including ear infections, diarrhoea, pneumonia and convulsions. It is more likely to be serious in pregnant woman, people whose immunity is not working properly and babies under a year of age. Very serious complications, such as inflammation of the brain (encephalitis) are rare, but can be fatal.


Measles spread very easily

Measles is one of the most infectious diseases known. You can catch measles if you spend 15 minutes with someone who has the disease. The measles virus is spread through the air and in tiny droplets that come out of the nose and mouth of an infected person.


MMR vaccine provides safe and effective protection against measles, mumps and rubella

MMR vaccine has been shown across the world to be a safe and effective way of preventing measles. It can protect your child and others against measles infection and its serious consequences.


What you should do now

We strongly recommend that if your child / ward has not had the MMR vaccine that you please arrange for them to have the first dose of MMR vaccine now and the second dose one month later. Two doses of MMR vaccine offer the best way to protect your children against measles, mumps and rubella. If you do not know whether your child / ward have been vaccinated with both doses of MMR vaccine, please contact the surgery to make an appointment with the practice nurse to have your child vaccinated.

There is more information on measles on the NHS choices

What is NHS 111?

NHS 111 is a new telephone service being introduced nationally to make it easier for people to access local health services when they have an urgent need. In Bristol, North Somerset & South Gloucestershire (BNSSG), this service will be provided by Harmoni. It will replace NHS Direct, the local Out of hours call handling, currently provided by BrisDoc, Frendoc and Harmoni. It will also provide a general number for people to call when their need is urgent and they do not think it is a life threatening emergency (999) or that it is an in hours primary care problem.

It will be available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls from mobiles and landlines are free.

 The Harmoni call centre will be staffed by fully trained health advisors who are supported by experienced clinicians. The health advisors will use a clinical assessment system which enables them to assess a caller’s needs safely and effectively and direct them to the right local NHS service using our local electronic Directory of Services.

 The service will not provide a diagnosis but will direct callers to the best place to deal with their level of need in the required timeframe.

 Further information can be found on the national NHS 111 website,

Whooping cough vaccination in pregnancy

There is a large outbreak of whooping cough in the UK at the moment, with three times more cases in the general population than there were last year. In the first seven months of this year, 235 babies under 12 weeks old had whooping cough. Sadly, ten babies have died from whooping cough so far this year.

Babies are not vaccinated against whooping cough until they are two months old. Babies who are too young to be vaccinated are at greatest risk.

Getting vaccinated while you’re pregnant may help to protect your baby from developing whooping cough in his or her first few weeks of life. The immunity you get from the vaccine will pass to your baby through the placenta.

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Flu vaccination – delayed clinics 

As usual we are offering many of our patients a free NHS flu vaccination this year. Those over 65 or suffering from long term conditions such as asthma or diabetes are particularly at risk of complications should they catch flu and if this applies to you, please contact the practice to book an appointment in one of our flu clinics. You can read more about flu here:

However, we are very disappointed to learn that our vaccine supplier has encountered problems manufacturing this year and has been unable to supply. We have been able to acquire a limited quantity of vaccine for our clinics in October and will have more in November. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and are working hard to ensure we can vaccinate patients entitled to and requiring a flu vaccination in November.

If you haven’t already, please call reception to book an appointment for a flu vaccination at one of our clinics in November!

Press Release: Move to Bristol North Baths 22/08/12

The Spence Group Practice and Nevil Road Surgery
Announcement to Patients - Monday 30th July

We are very pleased to confirm that the agreement to lease the Bristol North Baths was signed by the partners of both practices last week on Thursday 26th July, 2012.

This comes after a lengthy development phase and, after protracted negotiations, we believe we have achieved a deal that provides a good basis for the future of our practices and location where we can develop the services we offer our patients. Getting this far has been something of a marathon relay race with members of both practices contributing at different times to this achievement.

 Now the developer, Chatsworth Homes, can begin the process of redeveloping the site into The Bishopston Community Health Centre as well as constructing a library for the council on the same site (on the other side of the car park). To begin with this will entail a period of detailed preparation prior to physical work commencing on the site. Completion, and our relocation, is expected during autumn 2013.

The practices too will commence a period of more detailed preparation for our merger beginning with the preparation of a detailed project plan. For the time being of course it’s “business as usual” for both our practices but we anticipate there will be increased cooperation between us and opportunities to learn from one another, share skills and experience to ensure we adopt the best practices in our new combined practice.

We know you will want to know how the project is progressing and may have questions or concerns about our pans to move and merge. We will keep our staff up to date s that they can answer your questions, for example in reception (we would prefer not to use GP or nurse consultation time for this!). Practice websites will be updated with the latest news and we will produce newsletters periodically throughout the project which will be available in our surgeries and on our websites. We will of course also keep our Patient Groups informed.

We are delighted to have reached this milestone and excited at the opportunities it offers for our practices and patients.

Mark Allen - The Spence Group Practice
Linda Buczek - Nevil Road Surgery


Flu Vaccination

NHS flu vaccinations are now available – please follow this link to read about this important form of health protection. Updated: 13.11.2011

Patient Records Network

The Spence Group Practice will soon be a member of a local Patient Records Network, which has recently been introduced to Bristol. This will enable important parts of your medical record to be securely accessed by local, NHS teams in an emergency or when the surgery is closed.

 We believe that sharing this information will improve the quality of healthcare you will receive. However, patients will be able to opt-out. 11.11.10

Volunteer Driver Scheme

For patients who are genuinely unable to get to the surgery we run a volunteer driver service. This is to help patients who would otherwise be unable to do so, to attend GP or nurse appointments on a Monday or Wednesday morning. If you believe you need to use this service, please speak to reception. We ask patients using the service to make a donation to cover the driver’s expenses; this should be put in the drivers’ service collection box at reception.

This service is dependent on our volunteer drivers to whom we are very grateful. If you could offer to do this on a rota basis, even offering one or two mornings per month, that would be very helpful. We are obliged to have volunteer drivers “CRB checked” and will meet mileage and telephone cots. Please speak to our  reception if you would consider joining this team. 11.11.10

Social Club at The Spence Group Practice

The Patient Participation Group (PPG) is planning to develop a social club, based at the practice, for those for whom the weekend can be a lonely or isolated time.

Would you like to get together on an occasional Saturday morning here at The Practice?

The idea would be a social gathering/coffee morning where people who would normally be occupied during weekdays could meet for a sit down and a chat and a beverage.

No doctors or nurses would be involved, but it would be a place where you could meet fellow patients in a social setting.

If you would be interested either in attending or helping to run these events, please contact reception. 11.11.10

Why we do not use email for contact

Although email is very convenient, as it passes over the public internet there is a risk that it may be intercepted. This is only a slight risk but it does mean that information sent by email may not be secure. Whilst we will respond to emails you send to us, in order to maintain the confidentiality of your medical record, we will not include any personal information (other than your name and email address, of course) in a reply by email unless you give us explicit consent to do so. In most cases we will contact you by letter or telephone. 11.11.10

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