Welcome to the Bridge Surgery Website
With this website we aim to help you find all the information you need at the click of a mouse. You can order repeat prescriptions, cancel existing appointments, change the contact details we hold for you and much more.
DON'T underestimate the risks of FLU
The Department of Health recommends flu vaccination if you are:
Pregnant, aged 65 or over (by 31/03/18), a person with diabetes, a person with a BMI > 40 or if you have a long-term condition of the: lungs, e.g. asthma or COPD, heart, brain or nervous system, kidneys, liver, immune system, spleen.
The Department of Health advise vaccination to be your best option for protection, so if you're in one of the groups listed above, don't underestimate flu - book your jab today!
Please note for the 2017-18 season we are using a quadrivalent influenza vaccine which protects against four different influenza strains; two influenza A viruses and two influenza B viruses.
Invitation letters for children aged 2 and 3 (born between 01/09/13 and 31/08/15) are being sent out in batches from late September 2017 for the nasal spray flu vaccine. Children aged 4 - 8 (born between 01/09/08 - 31/08/13) will be offered the vaccine at school.
If you believe that you require a home visit, please telephone the surgery as early as possible and give the receptionist an indication of the problem. The duty doctor will ring you back to discuss your request. Please follow these guidelines to help you decide if a home visit may be appropriate:
GP visit recommended: when a patient is terminally ill or truly housebound, i.e. unable to get to the shops.
Call 999: for suspected heart attack, sudden onset of chest pain, loss of consciousness or if having a fit for the first time.
GP visit is not usual: common childhood complaints, fevers, cold, cough, earache, headache, diarrhoea/vomiting and most cases of abdominal pain. These patients are usually well enough to travel to the surgery. It is not harmful to take a child with fever outside. Adults with common problems, such as cough, sore throat, influenza, general malaise, back pain and abdominal pain are also readily transportable to the doctor's surgery.
Transport arrangements are the responsibility of the patient or their carer.
If you think that you may require any vaccinations relating to foreign travel you need to complete a travel questionnaire in the first instance - ideally at least 8 weeks before you travel. This can be completed on-line and submitted electronically by clicking on the link below or by collecting a form from the reception desk.
Our travel nurse will then look at your form to determine what vaccinations you require (if any). You will then be contacted by a receptionist in order to make your appointment who will advise if your recommended vaccinations will incur a charge (payable in advance). Generally travel vaccination appointments are on a Thursday afternoon.
Further information about countries and vaccinations required can be found on the following website: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/
Invitations to newly eligible patients (i.e. those born on or after 02/09/46 and aged 70 years and those in the catch up programme) are being sent out in batches commencing July 2017. To see if you are eligible for a shingles vaccination, please click here.
Meningococcal (Men) ACWY Vaccination
Invitations to teenagers born between 01/09/1998 - 31/08/1999 have been sent out in July 2017.
National Diabetes Audit Information Leaflet
We are taking part in this important project about diabetes care and treatment in the NHS. Click here for further information.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU ARE REFERRED BY YOUR GP TO SEE A SPECIALIST?
This leaflet describes what you can expect to happen when your GP refers you to see a specialist or consultant, at a hospital or a community health clinic.
It has come to our attention that many local residents have received a promotional letter from a company called Pharmacy2U. Please be aware that this is a marketing tactic from an online mail order pharmacy based in Leeds and, if you sign up ('nominate') them to be your pharmacy by returning the form with the letter, they will send your repeat medication via the Royal Mail. If you have received a letter from Pharmacy2U and are happy with your current nominated pharmacy and how you obtain your medication please ignore it.
BRIDGE SURGERY'S PATIENT GROUP & VIRTUAL PATIENT REFERENCE GROUP
We have an active patient group that meets regularly - click here for more information and for the minutes to previous meetings. We are also recruiting patients to join our Virtual Patient Reference Group - click here for more information and/or to sign up to this group.
The Patient Group would be delighted to hear your comments about anything relating to the practice which can be made by clicking here. Previous survey results and Local Patient Participation Reports can be found by clicking here.
ONLINE SERVICES (including access to records)
Please see our Online Services Information Leaflet (March 16) about applying for access to book appointments with a GP, order a repeat prescription and to look at a summary or a 'detailed coded' version of your medical records online. To apply for online services please download and complete an Application for Online Access (March 16) form. Both the leaflet and form are also available from reception. You will then need to visit the practice in person with the correct documents to verify your identity. Please note if you already have online access and wish to be able to view your 'detailed coded record' (DCR) you will be required to complete an application form and verify your identity again.
Please click here if you are registered and wish to access online services (make a GP appointment, order your repeat prescription or view a summary of your medical record) . From January 2015, both pre-bookable and on-the-day GP appointments are available to book on-line with the on-the-day appointments released at 8.00am in the morning. If there are no appointments showing for the GP you would like to book an appointment with this means that all their appointments are booked. Please contact the surgery to book any other type of appointment e.g. nurse, healthcare assistant etc.
FRIENDS AND FAMILY TEST
All GP practices are required to ask patients the 'Friends & Family Test' questions that will be monitored by NHS England on a monthly basis. The two questions are as follows:
How likely are you to recommend our GP Surgery to friends and family if they needed similar care or treatment?
Can you tell us why you gave that response?
Please let us know how we are doing and answer these questions by clicking on the 'Friends & Family Test' tab at the right of the page.
The results for 2015 and 2016 are available by clicking here.
NAMED ACCOUNTABLE GP
As part of our GP contact all of our patients have been allocated a named accountable GP responsible for their overall care. This is recorded as your ‘usual GP’ on our computer system.
This does not stop you from seeing any other GP at the surgery and will not affect the care that you are given.
If you would like to know who your named GP is, please ask at your next contact with the surgery.
MINOR INJURY SERVICE
We are able to treat some minor injuries here at the surgery. These include:
Please telephone the surgery and explain the nature of your injury to the receptionist who will give you an appointment time with a GP and/or nurse as appropriate.
Please DO NOT ‘walk in’ without telephoning first as we may not have medical staff available to treat you.
HAVE WE GOT YOUR MOBILE TELEPHONE NUMBER?
It would be really helpful if you could provide us with your mobile telephone number - if you have one. We may need to contact you urgently about an appointment or medical matter. We send text reminders out one working day before booked appointments to those patients with a mobile number recorded. If you prefer NOT to receive text messages from us please let us know and you won't be sent any - even if we have your mobile number recorded in order to contact you in an emergency. We are hoping that this may help to reduce the high number of wasted appointments we have - an average of 99 appointments a month are wasted equating to around 18.5 hours of clinical time.
(Site updated 05/03/2018)