March 2018 – Temporary Closure of Freshford Surgery
We regret to inform patients that our Freshford surgery site is temporarily closed on safety grounds. Freshford Surgery has operated for many years from an old building in order to provide a convenient local service to patients at the northern end of our practice area.
Following a recent inspection by the Care Quality Commission, we requested a number of independent safety reports. These have identified multiple problems with the Freshford Surgery facilities in their present state, including with the fabric of the building. As a result we feel that we have no choice other than to suspend medical services from that site whilst we investigate possible remedial measures.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused as we do our best to establish whether we can continue to operate a medical facility at that site. In the meantime Freshford surgery sessions will transfer to our Beckington and Fromefield sites. Existing appointments at Freshford will be honoured or we will contact you to re-arrange your appointment at Beckington surgery or Fromefield surgery.
Drs. Beaven, Bruggers & Tippin
December 2017 – Dr Alice Edwards
We are very happy to welcome Dr Alice Edwards as a permanent doctor. Dr Edwards worked in Oxford, Kenya and the RUH prior to joining the practice. She will be working Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays and seeing patients in Beckington and Fromefield surgeries.
Dr Edwards says: “After a very enjoyable Registrar year at Beckington I am delighted to be staying on as a salaried GP. As a Registrar, I really valued the warm and friendly atmosphere at the surgery and look forward to continuing to meet new patients and working alongside a group of very dedicated colleagues.”
National Self Care Week 13 – 19 November 2017
‘Embracing self care for life’
With all of us leading busy lives we often neglect things we can do for ourselves or our family. But finding out whom we can ask for advice, or finding some simple information to improve our wellbeing can give us back more control of our lives. This has many benefits for short and long term health and is important as we are living longer.
It might be helpful to consider:
- Asking and using your pharmacist for advice and managing medicines.
- Ask your pharmacist for advice to help you self-care for life.
- Remembering to keep active and healthy eating (see NHS Choices, Live Well) which is key to good physical and mental health.
- Antibiotics don’t usually work for coughs and colds or a sore throat
There are lots of resources and support that can help you look after yourself and others around you. Health Connections Mendip has a website with details of organisations that can help signpost to relevant local services: Health Connections Mendip
NHS Choices is an online resource that has advice & information on a number of different ailments.
October 2017 – Patient Participation Group
Beckington Family Practice Patient Participation Group, or BFP PPG for short, is run by volunteer patients in liaison with BFP to help strengthen the relationship between BFP and you, the patients of BFP.
Your PPG contributes ideas, feedback and suggestions to improve patient experience and, with the recent agreement of the Practice, it is now going to play a more active role to achieve this and also to publicise NHS and local initiatives and services available to patients.
New members would be very welcome to assist in this and, in order that BFP PPG can better represent its patient base, patients under the age of 45 would be particularly welcome.
If you would like to know more, please contact Gill Leonard, BFP PPG Chair, on 01373 831072, she will be delighted to tell you about the new initiatives and how you could become involved.
September 2017 – Flu Vaccination Appointments are now available
Many patients are entitled to a free vaccination. This includes patients aged 65 or over, those who are pregnant and those with long-term health problems (including children aged 2-17) and other children aged 2-4. Main carers, of someone who is disabled or elderly and whose welfare would be at risk in the event of their carer becoming ill, are also eligible for this free scheme.
Please visit NHS Choices for further information.
Please telephone us to make an appointment on 01373 830006.
June 2017 – Frome Community Cars
Providing Transport for those in need
Do you find it difficult to get to medical appointments, visit loved ones or get access to the things you need?
If so Frome Community Cars may be able to help. They have a network of local volunteer drivers who provide lifts within Frome and beyond. A contribution to cover the driver’s expenses is requested, however 50% discounts are available if you have a bus pass. For more information visit Frome Community Cars or give them a ring.
To join for free or to volunteer as a driver, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07596 591391
May 2017 – Dr Judith Brooks Retirement
Dr Brooks retired from being a partner at the surgery at the end of April.
Dr Brooks was a doctor at Beckington Family Practice for 30 years and senior partner for 20 years. She has guided the practice successfully through many changes over the years, from moving premises to adjusting to increasing demands on the NHS. Her many years of service have been marked by enthusiasm, dedication and patience.
Dr Brooks loved caring for all her patients over the years and building trusting relationships. She sends best wishes to all her patients in the knowledge that they will be well looked after by the other doctors and staff at the practice.
We will miss her and wish her all the best for the future!
April 2017 – Welcome back Dr Emma McEvoy
We are looking forward to welcome back Dr Emma McEvoy after Easter. Dr McEvoy has spent the last months on maternity leave with her baby girl. She will be working Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays and seeing patients in Beckington and Fromefield surgeries.
April 2017 – End Loneliness in Mendip
Help reduce loneliness for older people in Mendip.
Help spread the word about support that is available.
Find out about volunteering opportunities.
Pledge an action as an individual or an organisation.
We may not have the answer but together we can make a difference.
For more information visit End Loneliness in Mendip
March 2017 – Dr Vicki Nunn
We are very pleased to welcome Dr Nunn to the practice as a permanent doctor. Dr Nunn will be working Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays and seeing patients in Beckington and Fromefield surgeries.
Dr Nunn has previously worked in the RUH and Shepton Mallet and Bath GP practices. She looks forward to getting to know the patients here and becoming part of the friendly team at Beckington. In her spare time she enjoys travelling, music, yoga, water sports and hiking around the local countryside.
February 2017 – Dr Loveless Retirement
Dr Richard Loveless is retiring on 31st March 2017. We wish him a long and happy retirement.
Dr Loveless would like to wish his patients all the best for the future in his own words:
I will be retiring from the Beckington Family Practice on March 31st. During my time, there have been some significant changes to the practice, including an increase in the number of doctors and clinical staff, the introduction of extended hours appointments over evenings and weekends, alongside developments in the team for both teaching and training and moving into state-of-the-art GP premises at the Fromefield branch.
You will be reassured to know that Dr McEvoy returns from maternity leave following my retirement and the practice will continue to be well-staffed with a highly skilled clinical team.
Over the coming months I plan to continue GP work on a locum basis, whilst having the opportunity to spend more time with family and pursue work in the voluntary sector. I plan to expand my role in the local team of Gideons International: world famous for placing bibles in schools, hospitals and hotels. It will be good to have time to pursue hobbies including music and sailing.
It has been a privilege to serve you as part of such a great team. With all good wishes to you and your families for 2017 and beyond!
Dr Richard Loveless
December 2016 – Health Connections Mendip
Do you want to speak to someone about improving your health and wellbeing? Would you like support in setting goals that are important to you?
Would you like to meet people who are in a similar situation to you?
Would you like to join support groups or find out about support that can be given by organisations in your community?
Are you interested in volunteering and sharing your knowledge and experience?
All patients registered with Beckington Family Practice have access to Health Connections Mendip.
Ann Collins is the Health Connector based at Beckington Family Practice – you can leave a message for her with reception staff and Ann will contact you.
Find out more about Health Connections Mendip: here