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Dealing with Death ( posted on Mar 1, 2021 )

No matter what your age is; have you ever considered how you would want to be treated as you approached the end of your life?

Do you know what the wishes are of your loved ones and those whom you care for?

Or do you need support following someone passing away?

We understand how difficult it is thinking about, and dealthing with death, so we've created these documents, Planning for Death and Death at Home - What to do, which offer useful advise and resources.

Find my NHS number ( posted on Feb 18, 2021 )

A new service is now live to help patients find their NHS number. This service is for anyone living in England who has forgotten or does not know their NHS number. You can also use this service on behalf of someone else where the name, date of birth and registered home postcode is known. Patients can opt for the number to be sent to them by text, email or letter.

The service is accessible via the link below:


Mental Health Support and Resources ( posted on Feb 15, 2021 )

Corsham Town Council and Pounds Arts have provided us with some great mental health resources for anyone needing a little bit of extra help during the COVID-19 pandemic. 


The first resource include details of some local and national organisations that can offer help for children, young people and adults.

The second resource is a brilliant 'Feel Good Pack', which encourages you to take some time to consider what we all need in our lives to remain at our best.



COVID-19 Vaccination Update ( posted on Feb 4, 2021 )

The CCB PCN continue to work tirelessly to ensure those who are most vulnerable and at risk are vaccinated safely and efficiently.


So far across the PCN we have successfully carried out 10 clinics, administering over 6700 vaccines.


This is a huge achievement but we still have a long way to go.


We are continuously gratefully for the patience, support and kindness you have all shown during this challenging time.

Be Clear On Cancer ( posted on Feb 1, 2021 )

Useful Links:

Your Guide to Cervical Screening (smear test) - YouTube












Cervical Screening:




Public Health England (resources): https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/resources/campaigns/16-be-clear-on-

Click on links below for further information

Cancer Research UK:


Bowel Cancer UK:

Knowing the symptoms of bowel cancer could save your life, If you have any concerns or if things just don’t feel right, make an appointment to see your Doctor.

  • Bleeding from your bottom and/or blood in your poo
  • A change in bowel habit lasting for three weeks
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Extreme tiredness for no obvious reason
  • A pain or lump in your tummy

Simple bowel cancer home testing kit to be offered to all men and women aged 60 to 74 - see link below: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-bowel-cancer-screening-test


Beating Bowel Cancer:

NB: The Be clear on cancer campaign includes audio and sign language resources

New symptoms diary for patients experiencing bowel problems

A new symptoms diary has been developed by Beth Purvis, for people that are worried about their bowel habits. https://bowelcancerorguk.s3.amazonaws.com/Publications/Bowel%20Cancer%20UK%20Symptoms%20Diary.pdf

Beth was diagnosed with stage four bowel cancer at 37 years old. The main symptoms she experienced were constipation and diarrhoea with significant bleeding from her bottom. Her GP put it down to Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), but Beth believes if she was keeping a diary of her symptoms her GP would have taken her seriously and referred her for further testing sooner. She may have been diagnosed at an earlier stage when treatment has the best chance of working and a greater chance of survival.

The symptoms diary, pioneered by Beth and supported by Coloplast, aims to help keep track of a person’s symptoms before they visit their GP. This will give a good indication to your doctor whether you need further tests. You may not remember all your symptoms during your appointment so having something written down can be useful.

Every year almost 42,000 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer in the UK, making it the fourth most common cancer and second biggest cancer killer. However it shouldn’t be because it is treatable and curable especially if diagnosed early. Although bowel cancer is more common in the over 50s it can affect people of all ages, more than 2,500 people under 50 are diagnosed with the disease in the UK every year.

Age UK Wiltshire Information & Advice ( posted on Jan 28, 2021 )

  • We are supporting clients to apply for a Wiltshire Surviving Winter Grant this year (in partnership with Wiltshire Community Foundation and Wiltshire Warm & Safe) which is a one-off grant of £150 (possibility for up to £250 for some clients). We can support clients who meet all the following criteria:
    • over pension age
    • in receipt of a means-tested benefit or they have household income less than £16,190pa
    • considered to be in fuel poverty by AUKW – e.g. high heating costs, struggling to afford heating costs
    • Client is able to provide evidence of their means-tested benefit and a suitable bank account to pay the money into
  • We continue to take applications for our free telephone befriending service and are branching out into other things like telephone book groups, although we now have a short waiting list. We can also refer into Age UK national telephone befriending.
  • We are still supporting clients with Attendance Allowance/DLA application forms by telephone appointments and turnaround time for us contacting and completing the appointment is around 2wks or so (with it being backdated to the date of referral to us)
  • All of the above can be arranged through our Information & Advice team by calling us on 0808 196 2424 or emailing us enquiries@ageukwiltshire.org.uk


You can read about our other services on our website here: https://www.ageuk.org.uk/wiltshire/

Covid-19 Vaccination Update ( posted on Jan 4, 2021 )


The past weeks have been incredibly busy for everyone working in the NHS. Once again, we find ourselves under pressure as we work to maintain usual services, manage the influx of patients due to Covid-19 and undertake planning and delivery of the Covid vaccination campaign. As we enter the New Year we have the good news that a second Covid-19 vaccine has been authorised for use. However, we must remember that distributing the vaccine is an enormous undertaking by the NHS and we must all remain patient as supply becomes available and delivery plans are implemented. We have heard from many people who are concerned that they have not been invited to have their vaccination and wish to reassure everyone that the roll out is being phased over time. This ensures we first vaccinate those who are the most vulnerable and at risk. 

At a glance: the latest coronavirus vaccine developments in Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire:


  • Planning for the delivery of the newly approved AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine is underway. 
  • The AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine has been approved as a two-dose schedule, with the second dose to be given after 4 weeks, but within 10-12 weeks of the first. 
  • Following a review of clinical evidence and latest public health data, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) and the Department for Health and Social Care have updated guidance on the second dose for the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. It recommends that the second dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is also offered between 3 and 12 weeks after the first.


This means that:

1. For those who have received their first vaccination already and are due to receive their second dose this week (w/c 4 January), no further action is required. These individuals should still attend for their second appointments unless informed otherwise. 

2. For those scheduled to receive their first vaccination on or after Monday 4 January, an appointment to receive the second dose should be scheduled within 12 weeks of that date.

3. For those who have received their first dose and are scheduled to receive their second on or after 9 January, the second dose appointment will be rescheduled to between 10-12 weeks after the first dose based on individual circumstances. Patients still need to receive their second dose of the vaccine, and it is important that they attend their second appointment once scheduled.

New Information for Carers ( posted on Dec 22, 2020 )


Please click here to read the most up-to-date information for Carers here.

COVID-19 vaccination - a guide for adults ( posted on Dec 10, 2020 )


This leafet explains about the COVID-19 vaccination, who is eligible and who needs to have the vaccine to protect them from Coronavirus. Please read through it before having your vaccination.

COVID-19 Vaccine Update 7/12/2020 ( posted on Dec 7, 2020 )


It was in the news over the weekend that GP-run Vaccination centres will start on 14th December, and that patients over 80 will be invited to these as a first wave.


We had earlier been told that the first to be vaccinated would be the elderly in care homes; but how to get the vaccine to them is turning out to be challenging due to the instability of the vaccine in transport.


We are assuming therefore that the vaccine made available to General Practice is to be administered to the over 80’s who can travel to the vaccination site. We should get clarification of that today.


We are not able today to 100% confirm the location of that site for our patients as yet, but a plan has been worked on over the last couple of weeks by our Primary Care Network. We do know that the site will not be here in Corsham.


Only those invited can have the vaccine.


We know many of you will be anxious to get it as soon as possible; but there really is no flexibility in the system with this vaccine to allow anything other than doing it strictly by the rules.


There has been a complicated negotiation at management level to get this set up and it was by no means straightforward. All the doctors and managers behind the scenes who have worked on our behalf to get this set up for us need commending.


The MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency) has appraised the evidence for the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine. Please click here to read this information.


The MHRA is specifically there to assess the efficacy and safety of medical products before licensing them for the UK market. It is a very robust organisation, described by one of the lead scientists for the Oxford Vaccine as the best in the world. The MHRA have been analysing the data independently of Pfizer BioNTech and have concluded that it is safe and effective.


The UK, by approving the vaccine earliest, has been able to get the first batches of vaccine and it is those that will be given from 14th December. The hope is that by targeting the right populations quickly, the best impact can be achieved early on.

This recommendation is made by the JCVI – the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation- made up of about 20 UK and International Clinicians and Academics with expertise in the vaccines and the epidemiology of illnesses and the impact of vaccination on the transmission of illness.


Once other countries license the vaccines then the supply of the Pfizer vaccine is likely to dry up a bit.


At that point we should gain access to the more stable Oxford vaccine and be able to invite patients in a more progressive manner over the next few months similar to the ‘flu vaccine programme. The JCVI will advise on which age or disease groups get called up for the vaccine at which point.


Many people are anxious about the safety of the vaccine, naturally. We are reassured by the information from both MHRA and the doctors who are working on the Oxford vaccine who are speaking up for the safety of their rival’s vaccine.


The science journal Nature ran a good article a little while back on Covid vaccine and the different ways that different research groups were tasked with producing it. This is a very interesting short read with pictures which makes this complex subject much more understandable - do have a look…

The race for coronavirus vaccines: a graphical guide


Pfizer’s documentation linked at the end of this shows the trials so far have included about 65,000 participants. Admittedly the follow up period has only been a matter of months; but the side effect profile they show looks favourable.


Channel 4 has done a good brief webpage about the vaccine and whether it had been rushed through available here.


Here is an excerpt from this about a common myth on social media that the vaccine can change human DNA:


A leading example of misinformation is the idea that the mRNA technology used by Pfizer could lead to changes in the human genome, a fear that has been raised in countless online memes. Experts in the field squarely reject this idea, based on current evidence.


An mRNA vaccine uses a small piece of genetic material from the virus called messenger RNA to instruct cells in the human body to start making viral proteins. In a Covid-19 vaccine, cells are instructed to make “spike proteins” – the structures the coronavirus uses to enter host cells. The immune system then makes antibodies to deal with them, offering protection against future infection by a virus using the same proteins.


An mRNA vaccine works in a completely different way to the “viral vector” approach used by the teams from Oxford and Moscow. These vaccines use weakened versions of other viruses as vehicles to shuttle the coronavirus spike protein code into cells and provoke an immune response.


The sound of introducing genetic material to the body might sound strange, but it’s a fact of human life that we are exposed to RNA and DNA from foreign bodies all the time – from viruses and other pathogens and even the food we eat.


The RNA is a limited piece of genetic material is designed to perform a specific task. It does not stay in the body for long. RNA is chemically different to DNA and scientists say there is no realistic risk of it integrating into human DNA.

Darren Griffin, Professor of Genetics at the University of Kent, told us: “DNA makes RNA, and RNA makes protein – this the is ‘central dogma’ of molecular biology. Put simply, the RNA in these vaccines does not enter the genome.”


Essentially, the trials have run through the usual 3 phases – just much faster than usual.  A good analogy is that it can take an hour and a half to drive across London. The Queen, however, can do the exact same route in half an hour- but she has police riders, sirens and all the side roads are blocked off.

So the usual processes have been done but all in parallel with smoothing out of the processes in volunteer recruitment, testing and approving the vaccine. Same route but much quicker.


We hope you find this information useful and reassuring. We will keep you updated on our website.



The Porch Surgery


Healthy Us Programme ( posted on Nov 13, 2020 )



Wiltshire Health Improvement Hub are excited to this week launch our new group weight management programme called Healthy Us. Healthy Us is a free 12 week course open to anyone living in Wiltshire, aged 18 or over, with a BMI of 28 or above (To measure BMI please use the NHS BMI calculator).


Courses will be held throughout the year and will be delivered virtually over Microsoft Teams. We plan to also hold face to face group courses around the county when circumstances allow, and it is safe to do so. We are now accepting referrals for the virtual courses starting in January 2021 which will run on the following days and times:

  • Tuesdays 11am
  • Wednesdays 7pm
  • Thursdays 1pm
  • Thursdays 7pm

For further information about course start dates, please get in touch using the contact information below.


We are fortunate to be working with IAPT, who will provide evidence based psychological support to attendees. IAPT will be delivering two sessions during each course looking at emotional eating and wellbeing. The course will support participants to eat well, move more and feel better. Each interactive session is one hour and covers topics such as balanced nutrition, portion sizes, eating out, physical activity and healthy habits for life.


The programme is designed to give participants the tools they require to make small but sustainable changes that can be maintained long term. We will support participants to lose weight and maintain this weight loss.


Healthy Us is one of the services that make up the recently launched Wiltshire Health Improvement Hub, a single point of access for referrals to the Health Improvement coaches (adult health and mental wellbeing service), Healthy Me (child and family weight management service), and Healthy Us.


To join a course you can contact us at the Wiltshire Health Improvement Hub:

Email: health.coaches@wiltshire.gov.uk

Phone 0300 003 4566 - select option 1


Website: https://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/public-health-weight-adults

COVID-19 Update ( posted on Nov 12, 2020 )

Over the last few months you are likely to have noticed a difference in the way things are being done in general practice as we manage coronavirus (Covid-19).

We want to start off by saying thank you. Thank you for adapting so quickly to these new ways of working – it has been the drastic, yet fundamental, change needed to ensure the safety of you and our staff.


To slow down the spread of coronavirus, we have worked to reduce the number of people coming into the practice by using telephone appointments and video consultations. Our top priority is, and has always been, to keep you and our staff safe while ensuring you get the care you need. This is why we ask you to continue what you have been doing to access your GP service.


Please do not visit the GP practice without an appointment.


Instead call the practice or go to our practice website. You can speak to a GP or nurse over the phone or, if appropriate, have a video consultation. This means that you to get advice and treatment from the right person very quickly. Do remember to look at the excellent on-line resources available or speak to your pharmacist before you phone the surgery as we still get many phone calls about self-limiting conditions.


If a doctor or nurse does need to see you in person then you will be given a timely appointment to attend the practice. In fact, many of our GP face to face appointments are booked on the same day as your phone call.


Only coming into the surgery with an appointment means:

· you will get seen promptly

· you are reducing your risk of catching/spreading coronavirus by avoiding a waiting room

· you are helping to keep staff healthy and safe

· The practice is able to maintain a clean environment and protect you from the virus


A home visiting service, for patients who are medically unable to leave their home will be provided. This service is not provided just for convenience or transport issues. Under the lockdown rules it is permitted to travel to medical appointments.


Both the surgery and local pharmacies are considered essential service so we will be operating as normal. Please DO NOT request medication early as we will be unable to process these requests. You will be able to order earlier close to Christmas to cover the holidays.


Thank you once again for your support and understanding as we all adapt to a new way of working.


Kind regards

The Porch Surgery

Coronavirus and Children ( posted on Sep 18, 2020 )

This is a very challenging time we find ourselves in and there is understandably a lot of anxiety in the community around school age children, their risk from COVID-19 and the potential impact of school absence both for that child and for the family as a whole. This email is try to help you access good, up-to-date information to help us all work together over the next few months.


1.    Symptoms of coronavirus in children

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot, for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
  • a loss or change to sense of smell or taste – this means they cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Please be reassured that if your child has symptoms of the usual winter bugs eg: runny nose or sore throat but DOES NOT have any of the symptoms listed above then they can still go to school.

2.    What to do if your child has the above symptoms

If your child has any of the main symptoms of coronavirus:

  1. Get a test to check if they have coronavirus as soon as possible - please be aware that you cannot under any circumstances get a test through your GP surgery so please do not ring for this purpose alone. You can ONLY get a test through 'NHS 111 online' OR by ringing 119 if you do not have access to the internet.
  2. Stay at home and do not have visitors until you get the test result – only leave your home to have a test. Please only order a test for the person in your household who has symptoms. These tests are NOT for individuals who do not have symptoms.

Anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, must also stay at home until you get the result.


3.    What you can do to decide if your child needs to see a GP


If you are worried about your child please click on the link below to an excellent website called 'Healthier Together' where there is lots of very useful information about managing illness in children. ​


There is also a page dedicated to COVID-19 in children. It is important to remember that COVID-19 appears to generally cause mild illness in children. Only about 1 in every 100 cases diagnosed in the UK have been in children and infection is generally far milder in children than it is in adults, although we do not yet understand exactly why this is the case.Once you have looked at your child's symptoms if you are still concerned and think they need to be seen then please either:

  • access NHS 111 online OR ring 111 for COVID-19 symptoms
  • if you do not think your child's illness is due to COVID-19 then please contact your GP practice.


With best wishes

The Porch Surgery Team.

Covid-19 impact on Mental Health ( posted on Jul 27, 2020 )


MIND, the mental health charity, have excellent resources including a section specifically about the impact the pandemic is having on people's mental health. To visit their website please click here.

Covid-19 – The compulsory wearing of a face covering ( posted on Jul 17, 2020 )

The introduction of the requirement for people to wear face covering on Public Transport and while in shops is intended to help prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus.


There are certain groups of people who are exempt from this requirement and they include:

  • children under the age of 11,
  • people with disabilities 
  • those with breathing difficulties or
  • those who are travelling with someone who relies on lip reading.

These groups of people, their parents or guardians are able to indicate the reason, if required, as to why they are not wearing a face covering.


General practice is under considerable pressure as a direct result of the current challenges they are faced with delivering a service to patients at the same time as coping with the consequences of this virus. 


There is no requirement for general practice to issue letters for patients who are unable to wear face coverings, as the Government have clearly defined the exemptions to this requirement.


General practice needs to focus all its time and effort managing those who need their help and not be diverted from this by unnecessary tasks.


Many thanks for your help and support in this matter.

Control The Virus ( posted on Jul 17, 2020 )




GP services are still available for patients, but please do not walk in to your practice. Instead call or visit your practice's website. If patients are advised that a face-to-face appointment is necessary, services have taken measures to minimise risk to patients and staff.

( posted on Jul 10, 2020 )

Link volunteers needed!


If you have a bit of spare time and would like to make a difference in your community please consider becoming a Link driver.


Link Schemes are community-based, volunteer run charities based predominantly in Wiltshire which aim to improve the quality of life for disadvantaged, elderly or infirm people by providing transport and ‘good neighbour’ services.


Marie Stopes UK ( posted on May 7, 2020 )

Marie Stopes

Virtual Support For Carers ( posted on May 6, 2020 )


Carer Support Wiltshire has a lot of information and advice to help carers during the coronavirus pandemic.


Please visit their website at http://www.carerssupportwiltshire.co.uk for all the latest information and help available.

Be Cautious About Cancer ( posted on May 6, 2020 )


At home shouldn't mean at risk ( posted on Apr 29, 2020 )


If you or someone you know is suffering from #DomesticAbuse, isolation rules do not apply. Police response & support services remain available. Find support at gov.uk/domestic-abuse or call 999 if you are in immediate danger. #YouAreNotAlone

Domestic Violence Poster

Covid-19 and children ( posted on Apr 9, 2020 )


COVID19 is unlikely to cause a serious illness in children, but please remember children can still become seriously unwell from other causes that are always around. Please do not let concerns over COVID19 stop you from contacting medical services. If you are not sure if your child needs to be seen please go to https://www.what0-18.nhs.uk/national for advice or contact 111 or your GP. For information about crying babies go to https://www.what0-18.nhs.uk/national If your child is severely unwell call 999 or go to ED. 

We will not be offering ear syringing from 1st Aug 2019 ( posted on Apr 29, 2019 )

Ear syringing is out dated and not essential, ear wax can be managed with self-care in almost all cases and otherwise micro-suction is a safer and more effective method of wax clearance for the small numbers of people who cannot self-manage.The CCG advice for ear care:




There are a number of private providers who offer micro-suction.

MJOG messenger – download the free app for secure, two-way communication with your GP Practice ( posted on Mar 22, 2019 )


GP Practices in Wiltshire are offering their patients a smart way to communicate via a free, downloadable app – MJOG. The app provides a simple and secure channel for two-way communications between the GP Practice and the patient.


Dr Jonathan Osborn, GP at Giffords Surgery and Chief Clinical Information Officer for Wiltshire CCG explains: “MJOG is a fantastic, free, secure and simple-to-use app that I’m encouraging all of my patients with smart phones to download.”

MJOG provides patients who have downloaded the app with secure, two-way direct messaging with their Practice, including:

  • Handy appointment reminders
  • Instant notifications from their GP Practice
  • One-click process for cancelling their appointments
  • Private and secure messaging

Dr Osborn continues: “Many Practices already use straight-forward text messaging to communicate with their patients, but MJOG notches this up a level. Patients are able to receive information in a more informative way when compared to SMS, with the added convenience of being able to reply at the touch of a button. MJOG also makes it simple for patients to cancel their appointments in one-click, saving them time by removing the need to telephone the Practice.”


Practices that are using the MJOG app are sending their patients a text message to encourage them to download the app for free, from the App Store or Google Play. MJOG has no hidden message costs for the patient.


Patients should ensure their Practice has their up to date contact details.

Accessible Information Standard - What is it? ( posted on Aug 3, 2016 )

It aims to ensure patients and carers with a disability, impairment or sensory loss;


  • Get information they can access and understand
  • Receive any communication support they need


Please talk to any of our team, we want to ensure we communicate effectively with you;


Do you have any special communication requirements?


What communication support should we provide for you?


For patients with profound hearing loss an email address is available upon request.


What will we do with the information?


Record on your file what your communication needs are, and make sure that you get information in an accessible way and communication support if you need it.


When necessary and with your permission share this information with other NHS and adult social care providers.


For more information please visit the following website: www.england.nhs.uk/accessibleinfo

ACCESS TO ONLINE SERVICES ( posted on Mar 23, 2016 )

We are pleased to be able to offer our patients a variety of on-line services. 



What are On-line Services?


By accessing this facility you can:

  • Order repeat prescriptions
  • Book routine GP Appointments
  • Cancel appointments
  • Update your contact details
  • View your Summary Care Record (medication and allergies)
  • View your Medical Record Detailed Read Coded entries
  • View your Medical Record (Entries made since 01.04.17)



How do I access these services?

Due to the confidential nature of this facility, all patients requesting access will need to read the Patient Access to On-line Services Terms and Conditions leaflet and complete an application form.



Where can I find these documents?

  • Reception staff will be able to supply you with the information
  • Downloadable in 'Our Documents' on the left hand side tab of the home page

YOUR NAMED GP ( posted on Mar 4, 2016 )


You may be aware that all practices are required to provide their patients with a named GP who is responsible for patients’ overall care at the practice.  If you express a preference as to which GP that is, the practice will make reasonable efforts to accommodate this request.  This does not prevent you from seeing any other GP in the practice.


The named GP will take lead responsibility for the coordination of all services required under the contract and ensure they are delivered to each of their patients where required (based on the clinical judgement of the named accountable GP)


Patients will be informed of their named accountable GP at the first appropriate interaction with the practice.

If you wish to know the name of your named GP, please ask the receptionist.  

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