Our latest addition of the practice newsletter is now available to read! Get an update on what's happening in the practice, including building works and Covid-19 Vaccination Clinics. Link at the top of the page.
Covid-19 Vaccination Scams
We have had a number of reports from staff and patients about being contacted via telephone and emails by scammers regarding the Covid-19 vaccination.
We would like to confirm to our patients that the COVID-19 vaccine is free of charge on the NHS.
You should not be asked for:
your bank account or card details
your pin or banking password
copies of personal documents to prove your identity such as your passport, driving licence, bills or pay slips.
Nothing has changed in the delivery of our local vaccination programme. Locally we continue to prioritise cohorts 1 and 2 (the over 80s, care home residents and health and care staff) as we have not yet vaccinated everyone in these groups. Over the course of this week, we will be introducing appointments for those aged over 70 years and the clinically extremely vulnerable population (cohorts 3 and 4). The NHS is aiming to vaccinate all the highest risk individuals in cohorts 1-4 by mid-February. This means that if you are in one of these groups, you will be invited to book an appointment within the next 4 weeks.
We are working hard to move through the priority cohorts as quickly as possible, and we will contact you when it is your turn to book. Please do not contact us until we get in touch with you. Our only limitation in speed of delivery is the supply of vaccine.
You may receive a letter from the national booking team inviting you to get your vaccine at Ashton Gate or other Mass Vaccinations Centres. You are welcome to book your appointment there or wait to be invited by your GP surgery to your local vaccination centre.
For more information and answers to FAQ please see our Covid Vaccination page on the website.
Find the latest news about what has been happening at the practice by reading our Autumn Newsletter.
This year we will be holding our Flu Clinics at Gloucestershire County Cricket Ground. Thanks to their very generous offer of the use of their facilities, we will be able to operate a socially distanced queuing system and strict infection control measures to reduce the risk of COVID-19. We have also created dedicated clinic times for shielding patients only.
Whilst we’ve received information that all 50-64 year olds may be eligible for a free flu vaccination as part of plans to protect more people against seasonal flu, these free vaccinations will be subject to delivery later in the year.
This allows us to focus on those who are in an at risk group, such as pregnant women and people with long term health conditions. They will be given priority and offered the vaccine first; if you are in this category you will be contacted.
If you are aged 50-64 and not in one of the at risk categories you will be made aware in the coming months if you will be able to attend for vaccination. If the programme is extended this is likely to be November or December.
Building Works Begin
We are pleased to say that the building works to expand and renovate the practice are due to start next week. The contractors have been onsite this week to set up their work and storage area in the car park, and are due to begin work on Monday 20th July.
Parking spaces will be limited so please bear this in mind and allow extra time when attending the practice for an appointment. Keep an eye out on the website and check our Facebook page for updates on the building works.
Electronic consultation service now live
We are now offering an online consultation service (eConsult). This is available via the practice website (and soon the NHS app). eConsult allows patients to submit their symptoms or requests to our clinical team electronically and offers around the clock NHS self-help information, signposting to services and a symptom checker.
Our latest addition of the practice newsletter is now available to read! Get an update on what's happening in the practice, including building works and staff changes.
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Primary Care Networks and Improved Access
The NHS National Review of Access to General Practice is being carried out in order to improve patient access to appointments in general practice during the day and at evenings and weekends. You can learn more at https://www.england.nhs.uk/gp/review-of-access/.
As part of this national review, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group) wants to hear your views. We would like to hear about your current experience of appointments at your usual surgery, as well as how you wish to access GP appointments in the future. Click here to access the survey.
If you run out of a prescribed medicine outside of the surgery opening hours and need medication urgently, community pharmacies can get you an emergency supply quickly, even if you're away from home. Further information available here.
GRMC wins GP Practice of the Year Award!
Gloucester Road Medical Centre has won GP Practice of the Year Award at the Bristol and Bath Health and Care Awards 2019, sponsored by Care UK, Emersons Green Treatment Centre.
'The level of care and support shown throughout this practice goes above and beyond any practice many have ever dealt with. During the month, you only have to call and will receive a call back usually within a mere 15 minutes. You will be offered a same day appointment or a home visit for those who find it too difficult to step into a busy practice environment.'
All the staff at Gloucester Road Medical Centre were absolutely delighted to have been selected as overall winners of the GP Practice of the Year category. We have had significant challenges to overcome in recent months and the staff have all been working very hard to adapt to and overcome these difficulties, so the public recognition and the accolade that this award has brought to us is particularly well timed and very well received. It has boosted our morale enormously and we shall take pride in displaying the trophy and creating a display of photographs for staff and patients to enjoy in the weeks to come.
Read the full article here
GRMC is Expanding!
You may be aware that in recent months, there are a number of changes soon to be affecting GP services in our area. Two GP surgeries, Bishopston and Northville, are currently being managed by an interim NHS provider. Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (BNSSG CCG) recently reviewed the contracts for these at the end of June 2019 and decided that list closure and their dispersal was the most appropriate course of action for both surgeries. The total number of patients affected by this decision is approximately 15,000. Gloucester Road Medical Centre is one of six practices who have agreed to register additional patients. We anticipate that 4,500 to 5,000 will choose to register at this practice owing to the close proximity to the surgeries that will finally close on the 30th September 2019. This will increase our medical list from 15,000 to 20,000 patients.
Despite the very tight timescales involved, we are, of course, working as fast as we can to meet the demands of our rapid expansion. We are busy recruiting extra GPs, nurses, reception and admin staff and so our existing patients are likely to see a number of new faces over the coming months. All of these extra patients and staff will put huge pressures on our premises and we have already drawn up very ambitious plans to increase our space. We hope to add a further four nurse treatment rooms, six additional GP consulting rooms and extra office accommodation. It will be necessary to remove some existing roofing to enable us to build upwards! Unfortunately, like our last substantial building project in 2011, the builders will no doubt need space to store their equipment and supplies, making car parking spaces more tricky to find. Indeed, our new patients will also put additional pressure on these. If our building planning proposals are successful, we anticipate that these new works will be finished by April 2021.
We will be registering the new patients over the coming weeks but we have already seen a significant influx of registrants. Please be assured that we will do everything we can to ensure that our usual services to existing patients are not affected. However, please do be as patient as possible with our staff whilst we secure our new workforce and start the premises development process.
We expect our phones and front desk to be exceptionally busy while these changes take place. Please do remember that the online services, such as Patient Access enable you to book appointments, order medication and view your medical records summary, which may speed up the process for you. However, we will always endeavour to help you with any of these - just let us know either on the phone or in person.
Online Patient Access and Proxy Access
A unique new feature has been added to the online appointment booking and prescription ordering service called 'Patient Access'. You can now request to act as a proxy for children, relatives and dependants that you care for using Patient Access.
This enables a parent, family member or carer to act on behalf of the patient with their access tailored accordingly.
Appointment booking, repeat medication requests and where applicable, access to medical records, can easily be accessed by the proxy once a relative or person has consented and been linked.
To apply for Proxy Access you will need to complete the following GRMC Proxy consent form and attend the surgery with two forms of ID, one of these must contain a photo. Acceptable documents include passports, photo driving licences and bank statements.
Visit the Patient Access website for further information.
Free Patient WiFi Is Now Available!
Patients can now access free, secure and consistent WiFi within the practice to download health apps, browse the internet and access health and care information.
Click here to read our Privacy Notice.
New Text Messaging Service Now Available
We send our patients text message reminders for pre-booked appointments, as a reminder to book a regular health review or to update their details. In addition to this, the new service means we can be much proactive about some communications, click here to find out more.
Patient Participation Group (PPG)
The purpose of this group, made up of patients, is for participants to represent the views of our patient population and to assist the Practice to provide a high quality, effective and efficient service to all.
More information and a link to contact the chair of the group can be found here. New members are always welcome!
Please click here to see details of our online appointment booking and prescription ordering service. Please note the addition of the facility to view extracts from your electronic medical record.
Click here to find out more information about this new way to get your prescriptions.
Visit our minor illness page for advice on what's 'normal' and when to seek advice from a healthcare professional.
Treat Yourself Better
It can be frustrating when you get struck down with a cough, cold, sore throat, flu or even nasal congestion. Click here to find out how you can 'Treat Yourself Better'.
We Had Our CQC Visit On The 8th May 2018
See the outcome here.