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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

We have implemented a number of guidelines to make sure that our patients and staff are kept safe at all times.

Please note that from 19th July 2021, you will still be required to wear a face covering at all times when visiting the surgery (unless you are exempt).  Masks can be provided at our reception desk to patients who are not wearing them on arrival. 

We continue to reduce footfall into the surgery as much as possible. We are asking that patients do not come into the surgery unless they have an appointment. Please call the surgery if you wish to book an appointment or if you have a query. 

When coming into the surgery, please arrive at the exact time of your appointment. If you arrive early, we may need to ask you to wait outside and return at the time of your appointment. 

Please follow government guidelines on social distancing. The chairs in the waiting area have been moved to allow for this.

We have increased our cleaning efforts in high touch point areas, such as the waiting room, and are providing hand sanitiser at the entrance.

Please visit our updates page here to find out more about how our practice is managing COVID-19 and information about the COVID-19 vaccination programme.

For Patients Preparing for Travel Within the UK

As travel restrictions ease, you may be preparing for travel to UK holiday locations. Please remember to organise ordering medications in advance, to avoid running out whilst on holiday. To maintain continuity of care on holiday, please book telephone / video consultations and make use of ‘E-Consult’ our online consultation service. If a prescription is required, the clinician can send this electronically to a pharmacy of your choice. Practices can also refer to the Community Pharmacist Consultation Service, for minor illness and urgent repeats. If you will require an urgent face to face consultation, you may need to register temporarily with a local GP to your holiday destination.

Your vaccination status

From 17 May 2021, people in England who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can demonstrate their vaccination status for international travel. A full course is currently two doses of any approved vaccine. Vaccine status will be available from: 

  • the NHS App which you can download from app stores.
  • the NHS website (from 17 May 2021).

It may take more than a week for your identity to be checked and verified so you can use these services.

If you cannot access these online services, and you have had 2 vaccines, you can request a paper letter from the NHS by calling 119. Only call 119 if you had your second dose more than 5 working days ago. It may take 7 working days for the letter to arrive.

This practice is not able to provide you with a letter that shows your COVID-19 vaccination status.

When you're planning your travel, check the latest information on demonstrating your COVID-19 status when travelling abroad on the gov.uk website. Make sure there is time to get proof of your vaccination status before you leave.


 

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Welcome to Southmead and Henbury Family Practice

The Team here at Southmead & Henbury Family Practice are dedicated to providing our patients with the best possible health care. As a team we aim to be compassionate, courteous and respectful at all times, with a focus on enabling patients to be fully involved in their own care and treatment.

We offer personal General Practitioner and Family Medical Services. We are a long-established training Practice with around 11,400 patients, practising from two sites. Approximately two thirds of patients are registered at Southmead Health Centre, a modernised NHS-owned building which is also home to several other NHS services. Willow Tree Surgery is a Practice owned site in Henbury where one third of patients are registered and there is an independent pharmacy on site.

Southmead has developed its own Community Plan which has attracted funding from a range of sources, and we have excellent links with the Southmead Development Trust, based at the nearby Greenway Centre.

Since April 2019, like all General Practices across England, we have been part of a Primary Care network (PCN). Our PCN is Called Northern Arc and comprises Southmead & Henbury Family Practice, Pioneer Medical Group and Shirehampton Group Practice, and we look after  a total of approximately 44,000 patients between us. This is part of a wider change in the system called Intergrated Care and means that we will be working more closely to deliver services in the community with partnership organisations, for example concerning mental health and district nursing.

The PCN hosts  projects , for example Social Prescribing, Physiotherapy provision and the delivery of Public Health initiatives such as COVID 19 vaccination.  This will mean that sometimes patients are provided with primary care services at places other than their own doctor’s surgery.

Mission & Vision Statement - To read our statement please click on the link below. 

Southmead & Henbury Family Practice Mission & Vision Statement


Online Services

Our online services allow you to book or cancel your appointments, request a repeat prescription or download leaflets and practice forms for you to complete in the comfort of your own home.


Confidentiality

When booking an appointment you will be asked for a description of your problem. We ask for this information so that we can be sure to find you an appointment with the most appropriate person. Please read our details on how we handle your information.


Comments, Questions And Complaints

Southmead & Henbury Family Practice always tries to give a friendly and professional service to all our patients.

We welcome feedback from our patients and value your opinion about the care and services we provide for you.

We have a dedicated Support Team Manager who is always at hand to discuss any suggestions, feedback or concerns you may have. You can speak to whomever you feel most comfortable – your GP, our Practice Manager or our Reception staff will be happy to help.

In the majority of cases, concerns can be resolved quite easily.


Sharing Information

Discussions between you and your doctor or nurse are confidential. Where your care involves other members of our healthcare team or referral is required your information may be shared in support of that care. Do let us know if this is something you do not wish to take place. Please be assured we make every endeavour to ensure that matters you discuss are kept confidential.


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