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bsw icb
21st May

Hayfever Managment - Latest Guidance

This explains the availability of hay fever products (antihistamines) across Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon & Wiltshire

What is hay fever?

Hay fever is a common condition also known as seasonal allergic rhinitis and affects around 1 in 5 people in the UK. It often runs in families and is more likely to affect people who suffer from asthma and eczema. It is an allergic condition where the body’s immune system overreacts to substances that are usually harmless, for example pollen from grasses, flowers, weeds or trees. The pollen causes the release of chemical called histamine from cells in the nose, eyes and airways, which cause inflammation. Some people suffer symptoms all year round; they can be allergic to indoor allergens such as house dust mites, pets and indoor moulds. This is called perennial allergic rhinitis.

More information is available at: www.nhs.uk and www.patient.co.uk

What signs and symptoms do people with Hay fever experience?Examples may include any of the following:

• Itchy blocked or runny nose

• Red, itchy puffy or watery eyes

• Itchy throat

• Headaches and sinus pain

• Fatigue

Why can patients no longer have antihistamine products on prescription?

In February 2017, NHS Bath and North East Somerset Integrated Care Board (ICB) decided to stop funding prescriptions of hay fever products (antihistamines) to all but the most vulnerable patients. This difficult decision was made because of the urgent need to make financial savings in the NHS. BSW ICB support this decision in line with NHS England Guidance on conditions for which over the counter items should not routinely be prescribed in primary care

Why was this decision made?

Hay fever products are widely available in supermarkets and pharmacies. It is cheaper for patients to buy these products over the counter than it is for the NHS to buy them. This is one way patients can help the NHS – by buying their own hay fever medicine, so the money the NHS saves can be used to fund other treatments.

Managing your hay fever

The severity of symptoms can vary, some people need medication to manage their symptoms and others can manage their condition by avoiding triggers. If treatment is needed, a wide range of medications can be purchased from community pharmacies and supermarkets without seeing a doctor.

What if patients can’t get a supply of anti- histamine medication locally?

The ICB has made sure there is a good spread of retail outlets across our county that stock a wide variety of competitively priced antihistamine hay fever medication.

What treatments can I buy?

Speak to a local pharmacist to get advice on the best treatment for your symptoms and always read the patient information leaflet that is included with the medicine. Examples include:

Antihistamine tablets and syrups: generally effective at controlling symptoms of hay fever.

Nasal sprays: useful if you suffer nasal symptoms and can be used instead of, or in addition to, antihistamine tablets.

Eye drops: if your eye symptoms cannot be controlled with oral antihistamines, eye drops containing Sodium Cromoglicate or Lodoxamide may be useful.

Other useful treatments: simple pain relief (e.g., paracetamol or ibuprofen) can help with headaches and sinus pain. Throat lozenges can help ease tickly throats and palates. Decongestant tablets should relieve blocked noses- always consult a pharmacist if you are on prescribed medication.

How to avoid triggers?

• Keep house and car windows closed, especially when the pollen count is high (early morning between 7am and 9am and evenings between 5pm and 7pm).

• Avoid large, grassy areas, woodland, cutting the grass, pollutants and car fumes.

• Wear wrap-around sunglasses.

• When you get in from outside, wash your hands, face, hair, rinse your eyes and change your clothes.

• If possible, stay indoors when the pollen count is high.

• You can buy pollen filters for car air vents

What is NHS Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire ICB (BSW ICB)?

The Integrated Care Board (ICB) is responsible for the planning and purchasing of the vast majority of health services across the area - this includes hospital care, mental health and community services. It works closely with all GP practices across BSW ICB.

Website: https://bsw.icb.nhs.uk/

Patient advice and liaison team (PALs)

Patients registered across BSW practices- Scwcsu.palscomplaints@nhs.net

friends and family april
8th Apr

FRIENDS AND FAMILY REPORT

701 of our Patients rated their experience as either 'very good' or 'good'

 

 

Bowel Cancer Awareness Month
2nd Apr

Shine a Light on Bowel Cancer : Understanding, Awareness, and Action

As we enter Bowel Cancer Awareness Month, it's time to shine a light on this disease that affects thousands of lives each year. Bowel cancer, also known as colorectal cancer, is the fourth most common cancer in the UK. Yet, it's one of the most treatable cancers if detected early. This month, let's come together to raise awareness, promote understanding, and take action against bowel cancer.

Awareness is the first step in the fight against bowel cancer. Knowing your risk factors, understanding the symptoms, and participating in screening programs can make a significant difference in early detection and treatment outcomes. Bowel Cancer Awareness Month serves as a reminder to prioritize your health and take proactive steps to reduce your risk.

There are several ways you can take action during Bowel Cancer Awareness Month:

1. Get Screened: If you're eligible, participate in bowel cancer screening programs such as bowel scope screening or the bowel cancer screening test. Early detection can save lives.

2. Know Your Family History: If you have a family history of bowel cancer or other related conditions, talk to your doctor about your risk and appropriate screening measures.

3. Adopt a Healthy Lifestyle: Maintain a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Limit red and processed meats, and avoid smoking and excessive alcohol consumption.

4. Raise Awareness: Spread the word about bowel cancer awareness to your friends, family, and community. Encourage others to learn about the importance of early detection and screening.

Bowel Cancer Awareness Month is a time to unite in the fight against this prevalent yet preventable disease. 

Carer Cafe
11th Mar

Carer Café

Carer Cafe 10.30 - 12.00

2nd May 2024

The Kings Arms Hotel

20 Market Place

Melksham SN12 6EX

 

Our carers cafes are a great way of connecting with other carers over a hot drink and a cuppa. Free to attend and no need to book – just drop in. Kindly funded by the Melksham Almshouses Charities and Melksham Area Board.

What's on guide and newsletter (poster format).pdf for all the support and events April - September 2024

 

Asthma Review
13th Feb

Annual Asthma Review

 

When should I go for an asthma review?

Most people go for an asthma review once a year, with a health professional that has specialist asthma knowledge.

If you have difficult or severe asthma you may need to go for an asthma review more often. Asthma guidelines recommend this as an important way to help you stay on top of your asthma symptoms and reduce the risk of asthma attacks and hospital admissions.

Usually your Surgery will invite you for an annual asthma review around your birthday month, or you can book an appointment yourself.

Why is it important to go for your annual asthma review?

A regular asthma review could help you keep free of symptoms and cut down the risk of an asthma attack. This is a great way to talk to the health professional about:

·  Symptoms affecting your daily lifestyle

·  Asthma attacks – whether you’ve had one, or you’re scared of having one.

·  Medicines/inhalers – how they help your asthma and the side effects and to check that you are able to use them correctly as poor inhaler technique will prevent the inhalers working properly. 

·  Stopping smoking advice and other ways to help you avoid asthma triggers.

 

However, even if you feel your asthma is well controlled always make sure you attend your asthma review.

It’s a chance to ensure your asthma stays under control, so you can carry on enjoying day to day activities without needing time off work/school.

What happens at your asthma review?

Your asthma review is a check up to see how you’re managing and coping with your asthma and to see if there’s anything else you and your asthma health professional can do to help you and your symptoms. At your asthma review the health professional may do the following:

·  Carry out some tests – These are simple breathing tests like peak flow, FENO where you can see the results straight away, these can indicate to the Nurse/GP/ Health Professional how well you’re lungs are working. You may be booked in for further testing such as Spirometry if indicated.

·  Check your inhaler technique – Taking your inhaler the correct way can make a huge difference to how well your medicines work.

·  Talk about your risk of an asthma attack – This is an effective way to talk through ways of lowering your chances of having an asthma attack, for example discussing lifestyle factors like stopping smoking or losing excess weight. Also in the event of asthma attack how to help recognise and treat it effectively.

·  Update your written  Personal Asthma Management /Action Plan – with any changes to your medicines or inhalers.

·  Review your medication and arrange re authorisation as appropriate.

How to make the most of your asthma review

Here are some ideas to help you prepare for your appointment to get the most out it.

·  Write down any questions you want to ask

·  Keep a note of any symptoms – e.g. Triggers, missed medicines.

·  Take along all your inhalers  spacers and peak flow meter (if you have one).

·  Take along your action plan – (if you have one) and peak flow charted readings (if you have done some)

·  Be open about anything that could be making your asthma worse.

Seeing your GP/Nurse/health Professional at other times

Make sure you book to see your GP/Nurse/Paramedic/Health Professional before your annual review is due if:

·  If your asthma symptoms are getting worse, you need to use your reliever inhaler more than 3 times a week or in the night – within 24 hours or you are having symptoms of a tight chest, cough, wheeze, worsening shortness of breath or think that you have a chest infection

·  If you’ve been to the hospital with an asthma attack- within two working days.

·  If your prescription has changed – within 4-8 weeks

Development of PAAP’s (Personal Asthma Action Plans)

The British Asthma guidelines recommend that people with Asthma should be offered individualised self-management education supported by a written action plan. The benefits of this approach are shown to include an improvement in quality of life and a reduction in hospital admissions, unplanned healthcare consultations, time lost from work/school and a decrease of night-time symptoms.

Working in partnership with the patient enables the Nurse/GP/Paramedic/Health Professional to ensure that information can be tailored to the individuals own needs and preferences. Use websites to seek more information on your condition: www.asthma.org.uk

creative conversations
23rd Jan

Creative Conversations for +65 Men in Melksham

An innovative program to help people who would like to meet others, make some friends, and participate in helping othes.

Melksham Chatty Cafe
9th Jan

Melksham Chatty Cafe

The Chatty Café Scheme is the UK’s leading non-profit organisation tackling loneliness.

We offer three services, all designed to reduce loneliness and/or social isolation. They include;

  • Face to face meet ups where venues offer ‘Chatter & Natter’ tables, where customers can get together and chat. We have hundreds of venues around the UK, many Chatter & Natter tables are hosted by Chatty Table Volunteers.
  • Online Chatty Cafe Sessions held every Tuesday* from 1pm – 1:30pm. Anyone over 18 can join, simply to chat to others.
  • Telephone Friendship Service for anyone over 18 who is experiencing loneliness and could benefit from a weekly chat on the phone.

About Melksham Chatty Cafe

The Chatty Cafe is held at the Poolside Cafe based inside Melksham Community Campus. Come and join in the friendly atmosphere with our own speciality coffee, and delicious cakes. Grab and go fridge, morning pastries and light lunches are also available. Find out more here

If you would like to volunteer to help host a Chatter & Natter table at this venue, apply here.

friends and family
2nd Jan

FRIENDS AND FAMILY REPORT

370 of our patients rated their experience as either very good / good.

 Here are some of the comments from the report :

 "I have always felt the staff at Spa Medical go over and above what I expect or require. I am always grateful for the attention to details shown by staff."

 "Emma was very welcoming and informative "

 "Very professional and courteous staff, given how busy the surgery was."

 "Great service from Dr Smith & the nurse"

 "I’m very happy with Spa Surgery having switched to it in the past couple of years. I’ve been impressed with every contact I’ve had. "

winter leaflet
21st Dec 2023

Help keeping healthy this Winter

Staying healthy over the winter is crucial for your overall well-being. Follow these simple tips from the NHS to boost your immunity and resilience during the colder months:

  1. Get Vaccinated: Ensure you receive your flu vaccination. It's a key step in protecting yourself and others from seasonal flu.

  2. Wash Your Hands: Regular handwashing helps prevent the spread of germs. Use soap and water, and do it for at least 20 seconds.

  3. Stay Active: Exercise is vital for maintaining good health. Aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise per week.

  4. Eat Well: Maintain a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. These provide essential nutrients to support your immune system.

  5. Stay Warm: Layer up and keep your home warm. Cold temperatures can be particularly challenging, especially for vulnerable groups.

  6. Stay Hydrated: Don't forget to drink enough water. Even in winter, staying hydrated is crucial for your health.

  7. Seek Support: If you're feeling unwell or need health advice, contact your GP or NHS 111. Early intervention can prevent minor issues from becoming more severe.

  8. Get Plenty of Rest: Ensure you're getting enough sleep. Quality rest is essential for your body's ability to recover and stay healthy.

Remember, taking small steps each day can make a big difference in maintaining your health throughout the winter season.

For more practical advice, including what to do if you experience symptoms, who to call about help with bills, please downloads this very helpful leaflet:

Stay well this Winter Leaflet EasyRead Accessible.pdf

CMR
19th Dec 2023

Dr Claire Rigby - Resignation from General Practice

PATIENT NOTICE

I would like to inform our patients and primary care colleagues that Dr Claire Rigby will be leaving Spa Medical Centre on 31st December.

After qualifying as a Doctor, Claire then trained as a GP in the locality and has worked at Spa Medical Centre since February 2004, almost 20 years.

Throughout her 20 years in general practice, Claire has been an inspiration to us all. A fantastic caring Doctor, Claire has consistently delivered high-quality clinical treatment and care to her patients, specialising in women’s health, carpal tunnel operations, joint injections, and care of the elderly.

Claire has always discharged her management responsibilities with professionalism, integrity, and care. Practice lead for prescribing, data protection, practice complaints, and clinical governance, Claire was also Clinical Director for the Melksham and Bradford on Avon Primary Care Network.

Claire has also been involved in GP, Nurse and Clinical Pharmacist training, many local GP’s and clinical colleagues have been mentored by her, successfully gaining their accreditation or qualification with her support.

A keen walker, skier and cold-water swimmer, Claire is now looking forward to having more time to pursue other interests outside of general practice.

I am sure both patients and colleagues will join me in thanking Claire for the commitment, compassion and care dedicated to her patients and practice during her successful career. She will be sorely missed.

Gaynor Cole

On behalf of Spa Medical Centre Partnership

Covid-19 vaccinations
29th Nov 2023

Covid Vaccinations

COVID-19 vaccination centres are now available for eligible adults here. For children's vaccinations you can via the National Booking Service website.

Stoptober 2023
12th Oct 2023

Stoptober 2023

We know we’re stronger together. This Stoptober, join thousands of people committing to quitting smoking.

 

Ask at reception to be referred to our health and wellbeing coach for help and support to stop smoking.

 

Alternatively contact  Smokefree Wiltshire - Wiltshire Council

 

Quit smoking this Stoptober - Better Health - NHS (www.nhs.uk)

 

Carer Information
11th Oct 2023

Carers Expo 2023

World Perimenopause Day
11th Oct 2023

World Perimenopause Day

It’s World Perimenopause Day.

Perimenopause is one of the three stages of menopause and may cause both physical and mental health symptoms.

Perimenopause is the time from the start of menopausal symptoms until after a woman has experienced her last period. Periods will usually start to become less frequent over a few months or years before they stop altogether. They might be more irregular and become heavier or lighter.

Here they explain more about symptoms and treatment options you can explore:

 https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/menopause/

World Mental Health Day 2023
10th Oct 2023

World Mental Health Day 2023

Today is World Mental Health Day. It's a day to raise awareness of mental health problems. But more and more of us are aware of mental health. And so many of us still aren't getting the right support.

The official theme for this year’s event is ‘Mental health is a universal human right’, as set by the World Federation for Mental Health.

 

There are little things we can all do to lift our mood or ease our anxiety – we need to find what works for us.

This could be as simple as taking a walk in nature, prioritising our sleep or opening up to a friend. Our little thing, if we keep doing it, will make a big difference to how we feel.

 

Please see below resources and links to help you, family, friends and work colleagues get the support they need.

 

BBC - Information and Support - Mental Health

Every Mind Matters - NHS (www.nhs.uk)

Free mental health support by text | Your care Your support Wiltshire

 

 

Breast Cancer Awareness Week
4th Oct 2023

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

 

Let's unite in the fight against breast cancer and spread awareness about early detection and support.

 

Throughout the month of October we will share advice on early detection, prevention and where to go for support.

DNA Poster
3rd Oct 2023

September missed appointments

Carer Coffee Morning
2nd Oct 2023

Carer Coffee Morning

Thursday 5th October 2023

10:30- Noon

The Kings Arms Hotel

20 Market Place

Melksham

 

Carers Rights Day
2nd Oct 2023

Carers Rights Day

28th Sep 2023

Urine and Stool samples

Have we asked you to provide a urine or stool sample? If so, please get your sample to us before 4:30pm to ensure it's collected that afternoon.

Flu Vaccination Winter 2023
28th Sep 2023

Who can have the flu vaccine?

 

The flu vaccine is given free on the NHS to adults who:

  • are 65 and over (including those who will be 65 by 31 March 2024)
  • have certain health conditions
  • are pregnant
  • are in long-stay residential care
  • receive a carer's allowance, or are the main carer for an older or disabled person who may be at risk if you get sick
  • live with someone who is more likely to get a severe infection due to a weakened immune system, such as someone living with HIV, someone who has had a transplant, or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis
Flu Clinics
20th Sep 2023

Flu Appointments

For those eligable and have their appointments booked, they will be held here at the Surgery.

National Breastfeeding week
19th Sep 2023

National Breastfeeding week

It's #NationalBreastfeedingWeek, and everyone has a part to play.
 
Over the next week we'll be sharing lots of tips and advice to help with your breastfeeding journey.
 
For more information, head to: https://www.nhs.uk/start-for-life/baby/feeding-your-baby/breastfeeding/

PPG Meeting
15th Sep 2023

Patient Participation Group (PPG) Next Meeting

Wednesday 13th December

6pm

Carer Health Check Clinic
11th Sep 2023

Carer Health Care Clinic

DNA Poster
4th Sep 2023

August Did not attend information

Air ambulance
4th Sep 2023

Wiltshire Air Ambulance

Wiltshire Air Ambulance are holding a drop in emergency awareness training session. 

 

Melksham Market Place

10am -2pm 

Blood pressure
23rd Aug 2023

Over 40? You need to know your blood pressure.

Around 1 in 4 adults in the UK have high blood pressure, but many don’t know it.
It can increase your risk of a heart attack or stroke.
Find out how to get checked, understand what your numbers mean and how to manage your risk.

We have a blood pressure machine ain reception, so pop in and check yours today.

 

Click Here for more information

August Bank Holiday Opening Hours
22nd Aug 2023

August Bank Holiday Opening Hours

NHS APP
17th Aug 2023

NHS APP

Download the NHS App or open the NHS website up and login to access a range of NHS services online.

 

NHS App and your NHS account - NHS (www.nhs.uk)

Carer Event
14th Aug 2023

Celebrating Age Wiltshire

Celebrating Age Wiltshire are excited to bring Grandma and the Lion to The Riverside Centre, Melksham on Tuesday 12th of September. A show full of heart felt storytelling and stunning puppetry.

This is a FREE event for older people, but booking is required

Measles
10th Aug 2023

Measles

Measles cases are rising in England.

 

Make sure your child is up to date with their MMR vaccinations.

 

For more information visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/mmr-vaccine/

Family and Friends Report
28th Jul 2023

Friends and Family Report

Wiltshire Council
28th Jul 2023

Wiltshire Council Household Support Fund

If you are struggling with the cost of essentials you may be able to receieve extra support via Wiltshire Council VISIT

Alzheimer's society
25th Jul 2023

Alzheimer’s Society Carers Information and Support Programmes Swindon and Wiltshire

Where:
This course is run virtually on Zoom.
When:


Carers Information and Support programme 1 courses start dates and times:
• Wednesday 02nd August 2023 10:00
• Thursday 12th October 2023 10:00
• Monday 08th January 2024 10:00


Carers information and Support Programme 2 course start date and time:
• Tuesday 23rd January 2024 10:00

To find out more, contact us on:
crispbswd@alzheimers.org.uk

Self Care Day
24th Jul 2023

Self Care Day

Today is #SelfCareDay. 💙

Take a moment to reflect on your wellbeing. It’s important to make time for yourself and the things that help improve your mood.

Here are a few tips you can try: nhs.uk/every-mind-matters/mental-wellbeing-tips

Today is #SelfCareDay. 💙: 

The Lullaby Trust
24th Jul 2023

Safer Sleep for Babies

 

The Lullaby Trust's  safer sleep advice gives simple steps for how you can sleep your baby to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) which is commonly known as cot death. It can give you the peace of mind to enjoy this special time.

Their advice is based on strong scientific evidence and should be followed for all sleep periods, not just at night.

If you have any questions about SIDS or safer sleep, please call our information line on 0808 802 6869 (lines open Monday-Friday 10am-2pm).

For more information click the link below.

Safer Sleep for babies presentations - The Lullaby Trust

Young Carer Activity
18th Jul 2023

Young Carer Activity

Text Wilts
13th Jul 2023

Text Wilts to 85258

The 24/7 text messaging support service provides free confidential support for anyone in Wiltshire who is struggling with their mental health. As it is free, it will not appear on anyone's phone bill.

To use the service, people should text the word 'WILTS' to 85258. This will start a text conversation with a trained volunteer who will aim to get the texter to a calm and safe place, with a plan of what they are going to do to support themselves moving forward. This will include providing information about local support services where required.

The service can help with:

  • anxiety and stress
  • depression or sadness
  • suicidal thoughts
  • self-harm
  • panic attacks
  • loneliness or isolation
  • abuse
  • bullying
Dementia
10th Jul 2023

Carer Support Wiltshire Event

3rd Jul 2023

Wiltshire Council Dementia Strategy

If you’re looking after someone who is living with dementia, Wiltshire Council and Carer Support Wiltshire are seeking your views on dementia support in the county.

For more information Visit

DNA Poster
3rd Jul 2023

In June 119 patients failed to attend their appointment.

Melksham News
26th Jun 2023

We made the paper!!

Deafblind Awareness Week
26th Jun 2023

Deafblind Awareness Week

Deafblind Awareness Week is 26th June to 2nd July, and this year's theme is: Tune in to your sight and hearing. 

We're here for everyone living with deafblindness - right from day one. Your support means more people will know the early sights of deafblindness, and where to get support from the start of their journey.

Deafblind Awareness Week is always at the end of June, to mark Helen Keller’s birthday. Helen Keller is one of the most well-known deafblind people in history. She campaigned tirelessly to improve the treatment of deaf and blind people and to raise awareness of sight and hearing health.

 

Click here to find out more

Cervical Screening Awareness Week
19th Jun 2023

*Cervical Screening Awareness Week*

*Cervical Screening Awareness Week*

 

Going for your cervical screening isn’t always easy, and everyone’s experience is different. So many changes in life, from big milestones to how we feel day-to-day, can have an impact.

 

This week is about raising awareness.

 

If you have your invitation via letter please book online or call reception 01225 709311.

Click Here for more information

 

 

14th Jun 2023

National Diabetes Week

It is National Diabetes Week. 

Do you have diabetes, or are you at risk of developing diabetes? 

Understanding diabetes and what you can do to support your diabetes control is extremely empowering. Also understanding what you can do to reduce your risk if developing diabetes make you feel more in control of your future health. 

The NHS has developed an education programme which is free and online is filled with information about Type 1 and type 2 diabetes, and what you can do to reduce your risk of diabetes. 

 

Click on the link to register and start learning today

 

https://healthyliving.nhs.uk/

Diabetes Week
12th Jun 2023

Diabetes Week 12th-18th June

 

Morning blood sugar, pre-meal blood sugar, counting carbs. HbA1c, blood pressure, how many carbs were in that sandwich again? Diabetes can feel like a never-ending stream of numbers. And some days, they just don’t add up. 

Diabetes doesn't stop, but neither do you. You juggle the ups and downs, you face diabetes head on every morning (whatever your blood sugar!) and you don’t let it hold you back. 

So, this Diabetes Week, we want to celebrate everything that makes you, you. Because you’re so much more than your numbers.

Child Safety Week
8th Jun 2023

Child Safety Week 5th-11th June

Carer's Afternoon Tea
8th Jun 2023

Carers Week -

We had the most wonderful time supporting our unpaid carers in out community with an afternoon of tea and chat. Our next event will be in the summer. Details to follow.

DNA Poster
5th Jun 2023

DNA

Bank Holiday Opening Hours
26th May 2023

May Bank Holiday Opening Hours

Carer's Afternoon Tea
25th May 2023

An afternoon of team and chat - Supporting Unpaid carer's in the community

Tuesday 6th June

2pm-4pm

An Afternoon of Tea and Chat.

All welcome

 

Our health and wellbeing team will be here with advice and support.

Information from Carer Support Wiltshire.

Alzheimer’s support with also be here.

Carer Support Wiltshire
18th May 2023

Carer Support Wiltshire Event

NHS Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire.
15th May 2023

HAY FEVER - Patient advice from Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire Integrated Care Board

 

 

This  explains the availability of hay fever products (antihistamines) across Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon & Wiltshire

 

What is hay fever?

Hay fever is a common condition also known as seasonal allergic rhinitis and affects around 1 in 5 people in the UK. It often runs in families and is more likely to affect people who suffer from asthma and eczema. It is an allergic condition where the body’s immune system overreacts to substances that are usually harmless, for example pollen from grasses, flowers, weeds, or trees. The pollen causes the release of chemical called histamine from cells in the nose, eyes, and airways, which cause inflammation. Some people suffer symptoms all year round; they can be allergic to indoor allergens such as house dust mites, pets and indoor moulds. This is called perennial allergic rhinitis.

More information is available at: www.nhs.uk and www.patient.co.uk

 

 What signs and symptoms do people with Hay fever experience?

 Examples may include any of the following:

  • Itchy blocked or runny nose
  • Red, itchy puffy or watery eyes
  • Itchy throat
  • Headaches and sinus pain
  • Fatigue

 

What is NHS Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire ICB (BSW ICB)?

 The Integrated Care Board (ICB) is responsible for the planning and purchasing of the vast majority of health services across the area - this includes hospital care, mental health and community services.

 It works closely with all GP practices across BSW ICB.

 

 Contact us

 

 Website: https://bsw.icb.nhs.uk/

Patient advice and liaison team (PALs)

Patients registered across BSW practices- Scwcsu.palscomplaints@nhs.net

 

Why can patients no longer have antihistamine products on prescription?

 In February 2017, NHS Bath and North East Somerset Integrated Care Board (ICB) decided to stop funding prescriptions of hay fever products (antihistamines) to all but the most vulnerable patients. This difficult decision was made because of the urgent need to make financial savings in the NHS. BSW ICB support this decision in line with NHS England Guidance on conditions for which over the counter items should not routinely be prescribed in primary care.

 

 Why was this decision made?

 Hay fever products are widely available in supermarkets and pharmacies. It is cheaper for patients to buy these products over the counter than it is for the NHS to buy them. This is one way patients can help the NHS – by buying their own hay fever medicine, so the money the NHS saves can be used to fund other treatments.

 

 Managing your hay fever

The severity of symptoms can vary, some people need medication to manage their symptoms and others can manage their condition by avoiding triggers. If treatment is needed, a wide range of medications can be purchased from community pharmacies and supermarkets without seeing a doctor.

What if patients can’t get a supply of anti- histamine medication locally?

 The ICB has made sure there is a good spread of retail outlets across our county that stock a wide variety of competitively priced antihistamine hay fever medication.

 

 What treatments can I buy?

 Speak to a local pharmacist to get advice on the best treatment for your symptoms and always read the patient information leaflet that is included with the medicine. Examples include:

  • Antihistamine tablets and syrups: generally effective at controlling symptoms of hay fever

. • Nasal sprays: useful if you suffer nasal symptoms and can be used instead of, or in addition to, antihistamine tablets

. • Eye drops: if your eye symptoms cannot be controlled with oral antihistamines, eye drops containing Sodium Cromoglicate or Lodoxamide may be useful.

  • Other useful treatments: simple pain relief (e.g., paracetamol or ibuprofen) can help with headaches and sinus pain. Throat lozenges can help ease tickly throats and palates. Decongestant tablets should relieve blocked noses- always consult a pharmacist if you are on prescribed medication.

 

How to avoid triggers?

  • Keep house and car windows closed, especially when the pollen count is high (early morning between 7am and 9am and evenings between 5pm and 7pm).
  • Avoid large, grassy areas, woodland, cutting the grass, pollutants, and car fumes.
  • Wear wrap-around sunglasses.
  • When you get in from outside, wash your hands, face, hair, rinse your eyes and change your clothes.
  • If possible, stay indoors when the pollen count is high
  • You can buy pollen filters for car air

 

Young Carers
12th May 2023

Young Carers


Are you a young person looking after someone? Or maybe your child is helping out with someone you look after? Whatever your situation - have a look at our Young Carer website for information, advice and support for young carers and parents.

 

Click Here for more information or ask at reception.

Covid Booster
11th May 2023

Covid Booster

 

People aged 75 or above, or those with a weakened immune system, can now book their spring COVID-19 vaccine.

 

You can book through the NHS App, by calling 119 

or visit

 

COVID-19 vaccination - NHS (www.nhs.uk)

Living with Diabetes
10th May 2023

Living with Diabetes

Stroke Awareness Month
9th May 2023

Stroke Awareness Month

 

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A Stroke is a medical emergency. The FAST test can help you recognise the most common signs.

 

🔹Facial weakness: Can the person smile? Has their mouth or eye drooped?

🔹Arm weakness: Can the person raise both arms?

🔹Speech problems: Can the person speak clearly and understand what you say?

🔹Time to call 999: if you see any of these signs.

 

Make sure you and your loved ones all know the FAST test.

 

 Click here for more information.

 

#StrokeAwarenessMonth2023

Pharmacy
5th May 2023

Find a Pharmacy this Bank Holiday weekend.

DNA
5th May 2023

April DNA

Coronation Bank Holiday
3rd May 2023

Coronation Bank Holiday Opening Hours

Coronation Bank Holiday opening hours. Visit 111 online or call 111 for medical assistance when we are closed.

 

IF YOU HAVE A LIFE-THREATENING MEDICAL EMERGENCY, PLEASE DIAL 999.

Alzheimer's support
27th Apr 2023

Wendy Clayton Alzheimer’s Support volunteer will be here at the surgery this afternoon 2pm-4pm.

Wendy Clayton Alzheimer’s Support volunteer will be here at the surgery this afternoon 2pm-4pm.

 

Do you have any concerns about a relative becoming forgetful?

 

Not sure what to expect as you get older?

 

Wendy can give information and answer your questions.

May Bank Holiday
24th Apr 2023

May Day Bank Holiday

Remember to order and collect your prescriptions in plenty of time.

10 Minute Shake Up Games
24th Apr 2023

Healthier Families - 10 Minute Shake Up Games

Get the kids moving with these fun games inspired by some of their favourite Disney characters.

 

These boredom-busting activities will help them reach the 60 active minutes they need every day!

 

10 Minute Shake Up games – Healthier Families - NHS (www.nhs.uk)

Spring Covid Update
19th Apr 2023

Spring Covid Booster Programme - Update

 

Covid-19 is more serious in older people and those with certain underlying health problems. For these reasons, people over 75 years, those in care homes for older adults and individuals aged 5 yrs. and over with a weakened immune system are being offered a Spring booster of the Covid-19 vaccine.

 

If you turn 75 between April and June you will be called for a vaccine, you do not have to wait for your birthday.

 

You will receive an invitation to get a vaccine either locally or nationally.

 

Please do not phone us at the Surgery as we are unable to book or advise you about the Covid-19 vaccine.

 

To book a vaccine please do this online using the National Booking Service Book, cancel or change a COVID-19 vaccination appointment - NHS (www.nhs.uk).

 

If you are unable to book online, please call 119 free of charge to book.

 

A guide to the COVID-19 spring booster 2023 - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Easter Opening Hours
6th Apr 2023

Easter Bank Holiday Opening Hours

Easter opening hours. Visit 111 online or call 111 for medical assistance when we are closed.

4th Apr 2023

Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)

 

As of 1st April 2023 patients can purchase an annual HRT Prescription Prepayment Certificate (PPC) for the cost of 2 single prescription charges (currently £18.70)

Find out more, including how to get the new HRT Prescription Prepayment Certificate

 

NHS Hormone Replacement Therapy Prescription Prepayment Certificate (HRT PPC) | NHSBSA

Carer Support Wiltshire
3rd Apr 2023

Carers Cafe Melksham

Carer support Wiltshire offer carers cafes. These are a great way of connecting with other carers over a hot drink and a cuppa. Free to attend and no need to book – just drop in. Kindly funded by the Melksham Almshouses Charities

 

Thursday 6th April - 10:30-12:00 

The Kings Arms Hotel

20 Market Place

Melksham

SN12 6EX

 

Click Here for more information

 

Pharmacy Easter
30th Mar 2023

Plan ahead for the Easter Bank Holiday Weekend.

Order repeat prescriptions in good time.

Bake Sale
24th Mar 2023

Comic Relief Fundraising

Last Friday the team here at Spa Medical Centre held a few activities to raise money for Comic relief. We had a bake sale for staff with some delicious treats on offer. Staff also got creative in their own time and decorated potatoes to look like celebrities.  Some of you may of noticed the staff could also dress in red or green (as a nod to St Patricks Day) We heard there were two leprechauns in the building!

 

We managed to raise £110!!!

 

Well done Team Spa

Clocks Change
24th Mar 2023

British Summertime Starts.

Don't forget the clocks go forward this weekend. 

Better Health
22nd Mar 2023

Better Health

You've got this!! 

 

Click here for more information.

Mask Wearing Update
17th Mar 2023

Mask Wearing Update

As of Monday 20th March 2023, practice guidance for mask wearing has been updated, based on an assessment of risk to staff, patients and visitors.

Patients without respiratory symptoms or who are Covid-19 negative no longer need to wear facemasks when coming into the surgery, unless this is their personal preference.

In addition, our staff are now not required to wear facemasks, unless it is their personal preference.

Patients who have any respiratory symptoms (coughs, wheezing, etc.) should continue to wear facemasks / face coverings, if tolerated, for the safety of our other patients, our staff and our community.  

If a patient asks a member of staff to wear a mask when providing their care, they should do so, for their own protection and out of respect for the patient’s wishes.

Patients who are Covid-19 positive should not come into the building, unless specifically invited in by a clinician.

Masks will continue to be made available at Reception for patients if required.

We will continue to risk assess this policy and keep you updated.

Thank you for your cooperation and continued support.

Spa Medical Centre

Community Pharmacy
15th Mar 2023

NHS Community Pharmacist Consultation Service

Our practice is working closely with local pharmacists to support you with certain minor health conditions
It may be more appropriate to have your NHS consultation with a trained pharmacist instead of the GP practice. You can choose a pharmacy convenient to you and we will arrange this for you.


Your consultation will either be by phone or video call, or you can go into the pharmacy. With your consent, the pharmacist will let us know what happened at your consultation to make sure your medical record is updated.

Young Carer
14th Mar 2023

Young Carers Action Day 2023

Tomorrow is Young Carers Action Day. Please see the link below for more informatio, advice and support.

 

Home - Young Carers | Carer Support Wiltshire

Faye Vincent
10th Mar 2023

Congratulations

We are pleased to announce that our Practice Nurse Faye has passed her final assessment for Cervical Smears. 

 

Congratulations Faye!! 

International Woman's Day
8th Mar 2023

International Woman's Day

Today  is International Women's Day, an annual event that celebrates and recognises the achievements of women. 

We wish to recognise the amazing team here at Spa Medical Centre!!

Snow
8th Mar 2023

Snow Safety Alert

What a winter wonderland to wake up to. 
‼️If you need to travel to the surgery today please take extra care on your journey

March Awareness Calendar
7th Mar 2023

March Awareness Calendar

Endometriosis
3rd Mar 2023

March is Endometriosis Awareness Month

March is Endometriosis Awareness Month. 🟡

Endometriosis is a condition where tissue similar to the lining of the womb grows in other areas of the body, such as the ovaries, fallopian tubes and the bowel.

A staggering 1 in 10 people in the UK live with endometriosis, however, on average it can take over 8 years to receive a diagnosis.

This awareness month is designed to increase knowledge and understanding of the long term health condition and combat misinformation.

If you have symptoms of endometriosis, speak to your GP - especially if they are having a big impact on your life.

 

 

Baby Shower
1st Mar 2023

Maternity Leave for two of our mummies to be

Last month we said goodbye to not one but two colleages who are due to have their babies this spring.

Dr Millard and Sarah Huke from the reception team have worked their last shift and are now taking a well earned break before they welcome their new bundles of joy.

 

We wish them a maternity leave full of great joy ,smiles ,laughter, and love.