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Have your say on future services at Weston General Hospital - Public Engagement Events

As you may already be aware the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)  are currently inviting residents in North Somerset to have their say on emerging ideas to build a strong future for Weston General Hospital and they would really appreciate your feedback.


Weston General Hospital is a crucial part of local NHS in the South West; it is also part of a wider network of health and care services across Bristol, Somerset and South Gloucestershire and plays an important role in the emergency and urgent care network.


However, in common with hospitals throughout the region and nationally, services at Weston General face increasing demand from a growing and ageing population. In addition to this as the smallest acute hospital trust in England it is struggling to keep up with growing demand for services and faces particular challenges in being able to recruit and retain doctors in certain specialties.


Working with Somerset CCG and health and social care partners, the CCG has developed a number of ideas that it is confident will help secure the future of the hospital. These are not fixed plans and the CCG wants to know what local people think.


You can read about the ideas by visiting:  


The below events are open to staff and the public, however places at each event are limited. To register your interest, please email or call 01275 546721.


  • Tuesday 28 March from 7pm – 9pm – Oaktree Arena, Bristol Road, Edithmead, Highbridge, TA9 4HA
  • Wednesday 29 March from 7pm – 9pm – St Andrew’s Church Centre, Old Church Rd, Clevedon, BS21 7UE
  • Thursday 30 March from 7pm – 9pm – For All Healthy Living Centre, Main Hall, 68 Lonsdale Ave, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 3SJ.


Anyone who is unable to attend an event can still give their views online at: www.northsomersetccg.nhs/wgh-engagement via email  or by post: North Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group, Castlewood, Clevedon, BS21 6FW or telephone: 01275 546721


The engagement closes on Thursday 6 April 2017.

Third of women across the region fail to attend life-saving cervical cancer screening

A third of women in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG) failed to attend their potentially life-saving cervical cancer screening.

NHS health chiefs are urging women aged between 25 and 64 to attend their smear test when they are invited to do so by their GP.

Women aged 25 to 49 are invited every three years for a screening, and then invited every five years until the age of 64.

Early detection prevents up to an estimated 75% of cervical cancers developing; and smear tests are believed to save 4,500 lives a year.

In the past 10 years, cervical cancer mortality rates have decreased by almost a quarter, however in 2014 890 women still died in the UK as a result of the disease*.

Despite the importance of this examination, figures released by BNNSG Clinical Commissioning Groups show just 68% of women attend their screening over the past three and a half years, and just 49% of women aged between 60 and 64 were screened.

Going for a smear test means you are giving yourself the best possible chance of preventing the cancer.

Screening allows us to identify abnormal cells before they become cancer and effective treatment can start – so early detection really does save lives.

Please ensure we at Mendip Vale Medical Practice have your correct address so that you get the invitation in the post.

BNSSG CCGs are supporting Jo’s Trust #SmearforSmear campaign (22 January – 28 January). To find out more please visit their website -


Notes to editors

*According to Cancer Research UK -…/cervical


Norovirus, sometimes known as the ‘winter vomiting bug’, is the most common stomach bug in the UK, affecting people of all ages. It is highly contagious and is transmitted by contact with contaminated surfaces, an infected person, or consumption of contaminated food or water.


Below an information leaflet from Public Health gives you all the facts about Norovirus and how you can stop it spreading this winter.


Memory cafe - St Georges surgery

A memory cafe is a place where people with dementia and their carers can come and have a bit of time out from just being at home and living with their condi-tion.
Memory cafés offer a friendly welcome for anyone affected by dementia, or worried about their or someone else's memory. They provide practical information and support, as well as the op-portunity for people to ask questions and to listen to others' experience.

St Georges Medical Practice
135 Pastures Avenue
St Georges
BS22 7SB

01934 527681

The memory café will operate on the second Saturday of each month from 11th January 2017

Memory Cafe Leaflet

Memory Cafe poster

Think! Why A&E?

That is the message from local doctors, as a new campaign to raise public awareness of the different NHS services available to local residents launches.

Originally developed in partnership with NHS Blackpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, it encourages people to choose the right NHS service for them and their families according to their symptoms.

The aim is to remind local people that A&E is not for common health problems associated with the colder weather but for critical or life-threatening emergencies.

Many people attend emergency service departments with minor ailments which could be better treated elsewhere. This can put extra demands on already pressured emergency departments, particularly during the winter period.

Visit for more information and advice on the most appropriate place to seek further advice.

Click here for the self care section of our website.

Self Care Week 14th - 20th November 2016

Flu Vaccination in Congresbury 31st October 2-4pm

Flu clinic in our Congrebury surgery on Monday 31st October 2-4pm - come along and get protected #staywellthiswinter

You are eligible to receive a free flu jab if you:

Are 65 years of age or over
Are pregnant
Have certain medical conditions
Are very overweight
Are living in a long-stay residential care home or other long-stay care facility
Receive a carer's allowance, or you are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill
Are a front-line health and social care worker. It is your employer's responsibility to arrange vaccination for you

Flu Vaccination clinic dates:

If you are eligible to have a flu vaccination you will receive a letter from the practice informing you of the flu clinic dates.

We are holding dedicated “Flu Vaccination Sessions” at the surgeries in Pudding Pie Lane, St Georges & Yatton on:

Saturday 17th September         8.30am - 12.00pm, and
Saturday 1st October            8.30am – 12.00pm

Please do not telephone in advance.  You can attend either surgery on the above dates.

Second consultation meeting 7th September 2016

The second of the consultation meetings will be held at the Churchill Lecture Theatre Langford Vet School 7.30.  The meeting will focus on proposed site options.  Come along and have your say.  We welcome your comments and feedback.
Transport to the meeting  If you require transport to the meeting at Langford, please contact our Patient Liaison Manager Lesley Viney on 01934 839820 for further information.

First consultation meeting 11th August 2016

Thank you to all the patients that attended the first consultation meeting on 11th August 2016 at Hangstones Pavillion. On our updates section are the site options from the handout given at the meeting.

New surgery in the Mendip Vale Medical Practice Group

We are pleased to take over the running of St Georges Medical Practice from 1 October 2016,  following a formal re-procurement process to ensure a sustainable future for the practice before the current GP service contract ends on 30 September 2016.

We believe that with St Georges becoming one of five branch surgeries in our group there will be i
ncreased patient choice over which site to access services from and increased access to a wider range of services; whilst providing greater resilience by being linked to a larger practice.

NHS England have provided the following patient information sheet:

NHS England Patient Information

We are a research practice. Click for more information.

Pre-booked Saturday appointments now available

We are now able to offer pre-booked appointments on a Saturday morning at the Pudding Pie Lane Surgery for those patients who are unable to attend the practice during the week.

Appointments are available with a GP, Nurse and Health Care assistant.

These appointments are for pre-booked routine problems including blood tests.

Please ask at reception about booking saturday appointments.

If you have an urgent problem at the weekend this service is provided by the Brisdoc out of hours service and can be accessed by ringing 111.

Development update

Dear Patient


You may be aware that your GP Surgery is reviewing its premises to ensure that we can continue to deliver safe, high quality healthcare to all of our patients. Locally and nationally there are major challenges to meet the demand for services within the available resources. With this in mind, we have developed a proposal and seek your help to enable us to provide your general practice needs both now, and in the future.


All of the Partners and team at Mendip Vale Medical Practice are committed to providing a responsive and sustainable service. We are constantly looking to adopt innovative ways of working to improve the healthcare provision across our sites. Having reviewed this, we have found that our Congresbury and Yatton premises are not sufficient in terms of the facilities.


Our proposal is to build a new practice, incorporating the services from Congresbury and Yatton. This will provide our patients with a purpose built surgery with the modern facilities and space needed for the growing population.


Over the coming months we will hold several events, seeking your comments and feedback on how we can create the most suitable solution for our patients. The first of these events is planned for Thursday 11th August at 7:30pm in Hangstones Pavilion, Yatton, BS49 4HJ. Meanwhile, should you have any questions or queries, Lesley Viney our Patient Manager is on 01934 839837 or her email is . If you wish to have our newsletter and other information sent to you via email or text please ensure your contact details are updated with Lesley.



Kind regards


David Clark

Executive Manager

Become a volunteer at our leg club. 

We need your help to set up an Ellie Lindsay Leg club in Congresbury, Yatton and Wrington.

We’re looking for volunteers with enthusiasm and energy who can help create a welcoming atmosphere at our North Somerset Leg Clubs.

They’re a partnership between community nurses, GP practice nurses. patients and the community.

It provides wound care management in a friendly, social environment.

Nurses provide the health care, but they can’t do it without volunteers who are needed for essential support.

We also need volunteers to join our steering committee which oversees the running of the club, organises
fundraising events and puts together lots of information.

leg club flyer

Mental Health Nurse Specialist now available at the practice.

Patients over the age of 18 who are suffering with symptoms of a mental illness, Depression, Anxiety and low mood, can now be seen at the surgery by our Mental Health Specialist Nurse. This service is being run as an initial 12 month pilot through the One Care Consortium.

Please ask at reception if you would like to make an appointment to see the Mental Health Specialist nurse.

Rapid Access Physiotherapy assessments available. Ask at reception for more info.


People with new presentations of problems with their muscles, joints or spine are offered a same-day telephone assessment from a physiotherapist. Those requiring further assessment are offered a face to face appointment within various locations in the area.

The physiotherapist will be able to give the patient exercises and advice for their condition. If after this you require further treatment or pain relief you will be referred back to your GP.

We are a self care aware practice click here for more information

Self care is about looking after yourself in a healthy way. It can be anything from brushing your teeth, doing some exercise, managing common conditions (like headaches, colds and flu) or living with a long-term health problem, such as asthma or diabetes.

As a Self Care Aware practice we are here to help you feel able to look after your own health when it is right for you. So, when you come in for a consultation, the doctors, nurses and healthcare assistants in this practice will talk to you about what you can do to help maintain and improve your health.

Click the image below for more information about self care.

Advice on childhood illnesses - Download the HANDi app. Click for information.

Volunteers Wanted. Are you over 50 with time to spare and skills to share?

In conjunction with RSVP West - Retire into action GP Practices and Health Centres are seeking volunteers from among their patients to help older patients who are lonely, isolated or need help to get to the surgery. Volunteering for your local surgery not only helps the GPs and nurses and the people you are volunteering for but is rewarding for you.

If you like meeting people, enjoy sharing your time with them and are keen to make a difference to their quality of life, you are the person we are looking for.

Please Contact Mrs Lesley Viney at the Yatton Surgery. Tel 01934 839820.

All patients have a named accountable GP click here for more information

Online appointments and prescriptions are available. click here for more information.

We are able to offer online appointment booking and repeat prescription ordering via patient access. If you do not yet use this service please contact us to be set up.

Electronic prescription service is now live. Click here for more information.

Electronic Prescribing

Are you are carer? Let us know and get advice and support for carers.

Carers health checks are also now available at the surgeries just ask reception or your GP.

The Mendip Suite - offers appointments with visiting complimentary therapists

The Mendip suite is at the New Pudding Pie Lane surgery and has private clinics for a number of complimentary therapists.

Minor Injuries Unit open at Clevedon Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

The MIU is a nurse led service based at Clevedon Community Hospital
for treatment of minor injuries.

Click on the video below for more information.

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