Dr. Beale has retired... - 19/04/2017
It is with deepest regret that we have to announce that Dr. Debbie Beale has retired from the practice. Debbie has been serving the people of Westbury since 1988, becoming a partner in 1991 and has been Senior Partner since 2004. She will be greatly missed by the practice and indeed all of her patients. We wish her well in her retirement. Dr. Richard Edwards will be taking on the role of Senior Partner.
(Please note that the practice will no longer be able to book any further appointments for acupuncture.)
Smallbrook Surgery - 16/06/2017
It is with the deepest regret that we have to announce that Smallbrook Surgery will close on the 15th of September 2017. Westbury Group Practice has made every effort to recruit new GPs so that Smallbrook can continue to provide a facility for local people as a separate, or as a branch surgery. However despite these efforts, the recruitment of the required number of GPs has not been successful and therefore reluctantly, with regret and after much consideration the Westbury Group Practice has made the decision to request the closure of Smallbrook Medical Practice. Please see the information in the letter to Smallbrook patients below.
Smallbrook Letter to Patients - June 2017
New GP! - 06/06/2017
This week a new GP, Dr. Andrew Forbes-Haley, has joined the practice. Having completed his training October 2015, Dr. Forbes-Haley has worked in both inner-city and rural GP Practices. He has a keen interest in Psychiatry and aims to be actively involved with the Wiltshire CCG. Dr. Forbes-Haley's first clinic is next week, we hope you will join us in making him feel welcome to the practice! Please note that Dr. Forbes Haley will be replacing Dr. Beale after her retirement.
Where should you be? - 05/06/2017
Choosing the right healthcare service is important. By making the right decision at the right time, you can get the very best treatment from your NHS. If you're ever unsure about which healthcare service you should use, always call 111.
New GP! - 18/05/2017
This week a new GP, Dr. Alice Gallen, has joined the practice. Alice has recently moved to the area from Wales and is looking forward to her first clinic tomorrow. Please note that Dr. Gallen will be replacing Dr. Gumbley after his retirement.
No Worries Clinics - 04/05/2017
Please note that there will be no No Worries clinics running on the following dates.
July - 10th, 31st.
August - 21st.
September - 18th.
#choosewell - 07/04/2017
Westbury Group Practice are keen to educate patients about the different services available to NHS patients. By making the right choice at the right time, you can get the best possible treatment through the NHS. Please read the document below to ensure that you are making the right decision about your care.
See this link from the Wiltshire CCG for further information http://www.wiltshireccg.nhs.uk/your-health/local-health-services/choose-well.
Like our new Facebook page! - 06/04/2017
Like our new Facebook page for the latest updates at Westbury Group Practice, the Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group and NHS England.
Please note that this page will replace the 'White Horse Health Centre' page.
Join the League of Friends! - 20/03/2017
The Westbury Hospital League of Friends was formed over 50 years ago to support the now closed community hospital and has donated over one million pounds to support health care in the area. When the hospital closed in 2012 we retained our charity status but had to remove the word “hospital” from our title. We continue to fundraise by holding annual and ad hoc events which are always generously supported by the community. In the last 10 years we have raised over £20,000 which has been donated to various local health initiatives including the following;
- Alzheimer’s Support
- Hope for Tomorrow
- Whitehorse Children’s Centre
- Stepping Stones
- Podiatry Surgery Donations for Special Needs Children
- Forget Me Not setup costs
- Children’s Counselling Service First Responders Equipment
The committee meet every two months at the White Horse Health Centre and invite speakers from health or social care related groups to talk about any gaps in services which the LOF may consider supporting. We welcome anyone who may be interested in joining our charity. Please get in touch with our Chair, Erica Watson on 01225 345290 or Email at ‘email@example.com’. The Westbury and District League of Friends AGM is on Monday 15th May 2pm at the Whitehorse Health Centre and all are welcome, please come along and support our charity in raising funds to support health care in the community. Charity Commission No. 205271.
Urgent Care Team arrives! - 06/03/2017
In order to manage requests for on-the-day appointments more efficiently, we are introducing the use of our new ‘Urgent Care Team’. The main change will be for patients who request an urgent or on-the-day appointment. All these patients will receive a call back from the Urgent Care Doctor or Nurse who will discuss the patients concerns and symptoms. If the Doctor or Nurse can resolve the matter over the phone they will do so and avoid the need for the patient to come into the surgery. If they cannot resolve the matter over the phone they will book appointment for you to see the appropriate clinician, this may be a GP, Nurse Practitioner, a Paramedic, or a Health Care Assistant. These will all be existing members of the Westbury Group Practice staff.
Samples Notice - 28/02/2017
As from the 6th March 2017 urine and stool samples will only be accepted at Reception if they have been requested by a Clinician. The Reception will accept urine samples from pregnant women and children If you think you may have a urine infection (UTI) the Receptionist will take your details and you will be added to the Duty Telephone Triage list. A Clinician from the Urgent Care Team will call you. If you are acutely unwell with fever, back pain and nausea, inform the receptionist and they will discuss with the Urgent Care Team.
Disrespect Nobody! - 17/01/2017
The second phase of the Home Office Disrespect Nobody campaign will run from 2 February until the end of March 2017. The campaign is focused on digital and mobile first and will also run on TV aimed at young people, such as The Brit Awards and the Big Bang Theory, on radio, Spotify, cinema and online including catch up TV, X-Box, YouTube and Snapchat. The first TV advert will run in the evening of Thursday 2 February in the Hollyoaks advertising break. The aim of the Disrespect NoBody campaign is to prevent young people, both boys and girls aged 12 to 18 years old from becoming perpetrators and victims of abusive relationships.
For 2017 the focus of the campaign will be consent and sexting, which are both issues where many young people need more education and information. The campaign advertising directs young people to the website www.disrespectnobody.co.uk where they can get further information and signposts them to organisations who can provide support.
NHS Wiltshire CCG Press Release - 11/01/2017
NHS Wiltshire is urging patients to ‘help us to help you’ as they are currently experiencing unprecedented challenges and extreme pressure at A&E Departments across the county. Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group is asking patients, families and carers to carefully consider whether a trip to A&E is the right course of action for their ailment, or whether other healthcare services, or even self-care is more appropriate. Please read the documents listed below; all of us need to consider how we use the NHS emergency services.
Use Emergency Services Appropriately
Help Us to Help You
Westbury Group Practice Newsletter - 03/01/2017
We have produced two newsletters this month, one for the White Horse Health Centre and Bratton Surgery, then another for Smallbrook Surgery. In time these will be merged.
White Horse Health Centre Newsletter
Smallbrook Surgery Newsletter