Appointment availability this summer
We are experiencing huge demand for appointments at the moment and have less appointments to offer than usual.
Please consider whether anyone else can help you, for example the pharmacy team.
We will always do our best to help and our same day appointment systems remains in place to help if you have an urgent issue.
Thank you from all at Spa Medical Centre.
General Data Protection Regulation
We take your privacy seriously and all our staff operate under a strict code of conduct when it comes to patient confidentiality.
You may have heard that the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force today, 25th May 2018.
GDPR provides all data subjects, in this case you, our patients, with more control over who can access their records and what kind of information we record and share about you.
You can read more about it here and follow the link to our new Practice Privacy Notice.
Pharmacy Bank Holiday Opening Times
If you need access to a pharmacy over the bank holiday weekend, click here to see details of opening hours for pharmacies in your area.
Congratulations to Dr Matthews!
The winners of the Melksham Civic Awards were presented with their awards by Mayor cllr Adrienne Westbrook at the Annual Town Meeting on 30th April at Melksham Town Hall.
Eight awards across the two categories of ‘Community Service’ and ‘Enhancing Melksham’ were presented to individuals and groups who have made a ‘significant contribution to the local community during the previous year.’
The Practice are thrilled to congratulate Senior Partner Dr Rob Matthews on his award.
Dr Rob Matthews received his award in recognition of his hard work within the community with regards to the provision of health care.
Congratulations Dr Matthews!
Pharmacy Bank Holiday Opening Times
** Awaiting update from Wiltshire CCG **
Click here to check the opening times for your local pharmacy services for the upcoming May bank holiday weekend.
Please note that these times are subject to change.
Surgery closed? Check your symptoms online using DoctorLink.
Feeling unwell but unsure whether to see a GP?
Away from home and in need of advice?
Bank Holiday and the surgery is closed?
Why not check your symptoms online using our new symptom checker DoctorLink.
Doctorlink is a new online solution created by a team of healthcare professionals to enable you to check your symptoms at a time convenient to you and to help you access the care that is most appropriate to meet your healthcare needs.
It provides advice about how to treat common ailments at home, or flags up when you should be seeking more urgent attention.
If you use DoctorLink a summary of the advice you receive is sent to us here at Spa Medical Centre. This way we can add the information to your medical records and ensure you are offered appointments when you need them.
Click here to sign up to DoctorLink.
We are trialling this program to see if it is a useful resourced for our patients. We are therefore very keen to hear your comments about how the system works - good or bad. Head to our ‘Contact Details’ page to send us your feedback.
Did you know our pharmacy team can help you with minor health concerns?
Community pharmacists and pharmacy technicians are qualified healthcare professionals who can offer clinical advice and over the counter medicines to effectively and safely manage a range of minor health concerns, including:
- sore throats
- tummy troubles
Every pharmacist is trained in managing minor illnesses and providing health and wellbeing advice, so they are the right person to see for minor health concerns. They train for five years in the use of medicines before they qualify and register with the professional regulator, and some also have an additional prescribing qualification.
Local pharmacies can offer you fast and convenient clinical advice for a wide range of minor health concerns, with no appointment needed. Most community pharmacies (over 90%) can now offer a private consultation room if you need to have a confidential conversation.
With over 12,000 pharmacies open every day of the week, and many offering extended opening hours in the evenings and at weekends, it is easy to find a pharmacy close to you.
As well as minor ailments, pharmacists can help with many aspects of health care, such as:
- providing clinical advice and support for patients with long-term conditions
- explaining how to take new medicines
- reviewing medicines use to ensure safety
- providing flu vaccinations
- providing healthy living services, e.g. advice on quitting smoking, losing weight, reducing alcohol consumption, sexual health or increasing physical activity
- offering consultations/ NHS health checks
Pharmacists are healthcare experts who can give you clinical advice, right there and then. And if symptoms suggest it’s something more serious, they have the right clinical training to ensure you get the help you need.
Your Medical Records
All information about our patients is private and confidential; whether it is heard, seen in writing, or held on a computer.
Identifiable patient information is only shared within the Practice team and, in the case of referral, to the clinician to whom you are referred. Disclosure of identifiable patient information to any other outside agencies will only be done after receiving permission from the patient.
This means that your partner, spouse, children, or other relatives or friends cannot access your medical records without your consent.
You have a right of access to your health records. The Data Protection Act (1988) gives you the right of access to all information that the Practice holds on you manually and on computer. It is your legal right to see your records and if you so wish, to obtain a photocopy of them. Only in exceptional circumstance can access be withheld.
If you would like to apply for access to information held about you please put your request in writing to the Patient Services Manager, Cheryl Attrill
Electronic Record Sharing
Your electronic records are kept in all the places where you receive healthcare. These places can usually only share information from your records by letter, email, fax or phone. At times, this can slow down your treatment and mean information is hard to access.
Spa Medical Centre uses a computer system called SystmOne that allows the sharing of full electronic records across different healthcare services that use the same system.
Your information will only be shared with other healthcare services if you give them your explicit consent. If you don't want a clinician from another healthcare service to be able to view your health record, you can say so at the point at which they ask you.
Alternatively, you can ask at Reception for a form to sign and note that you do not consent to sharing your health record and we will amend your record to reflect this.
Click here for more information.
Friends & Family Test
We would like you to think about your recent experiences of our services and let us know by anwering the Friends & Family survey. Thank you.
Patient Online Access to Medical Records
STATEMENT OF INTENT
Spa Medical Centre now offer patients all of the requirements under the GP contract relating to online services and are working closely with our system supplier (SystmOne) to allow patients to access more detailed information from their medical records. It is our intention to have this available by 31st March 2016
If you would like to sign up to all the online services we provide, please fill in the "Online Access Application Form" and hand it in to Reception. Please remember to bring identification with you such as passport, driving licence, birth certificate, bank statement, utility bill.
How sharing information in your medical records can help the NHS to provide better care. A modern information system has been developed, which will make increased use of information from medical records with the intention of improving health services. The system is being delivered by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) and NHS England on behalf of the NHS.
For more information, please click on the links below: