• Better Health – Stop Smoking
    Stopping smoking is one of the best things you will ever do for your health. It’s never too late to quit smoking. Whether you’ve attempted to quit before, been thinking about it for a while, or are only just considering… Read more: Better Health – Stop Smoking
  • Help Us, Help You – GP Team
    NHS England is launching a new campaign to highlight the changes in the way we access help and receive care at general practices. The first phase of the campaign aims to raise awareness of the different health professionals in general… Read more: Help Us, Help You – GP Team
  • Carers Rights Day 2023
  • Help Us, Help You Lung Cancer
    Lung cancer GP referrals have been the slowest of all cancer types to recover since the start of the pandemic, so the aim of this lung cancer activity is to raise awareness of the key symptom of lung cancer –… Read more: Help Us, Help You Lung Cancer
  • Cancer – Earlier Diagnosis
    The campaign is designed to address the key barriers to people seeking help, the fear around cancer diagnosis and increase awareness of the importance of body vigilance when it comes to bodily changes that could be a sign of cancer.… Read more: Cancer – Earlier Diagnosis
  • Better Health Childhood obesity
    This post contains ten different activities to help you to support your family to make positive changes to your diet, with a particular focus on making healthier swaps. Activities are easy to run and require minimal preparation and no expert… Read more: Better Health Childhood obesity
  • Better Health – Anxiety
    Every Mind Matters is a campaign and digital resource designed to empower people to look after their mental well-being and support that of others. It promotes mental well-being and addresses the four most commonly reported, subclinical mental health concerns: anxiety,… Read more: Better Health – Anxiety
  • Carers break sitting service
    Could you give a family carer a short break? Carers Support Centre is looking for volunteers who can spend a few hours a week providing company to someone who is cared for at home, giving their family carer the chance… Read more: Carers break sitting service
  • Blood pressure checks
    Are you due for a blood pressure check? High blood pressure (hypertension) often has no symptoms but can cause damage to your body. If you have certain medical conditions, take medication, or have had high blood pressure in the past,… Read more: Blood pressure checks
  • NHS Act F.A.S.T.
    On 13 February 2023, NHS England, in association with the Stroke Association, relaunched the Act F.A.S.T. stroke campaign, which highlights that a stroke is a medical emergency and urges the public to call 999 immediately if they notice any single… Read more: NHS Act F.A.S.T.
  • Cervical Screening (Smear Test)
    Cervical Screening (Smear Test) is really important to keep up to date with! If you are due for your smear test please contact The Surgery to book your appointment. Below there is a video from Jo’s Trust which explains what… Read more: Cervical Screening (Smear Test)
  • Help Us, Help You Abdominal & Urological Symptoms
    NHS England’s ‘Help Us, Help You’ campaign aims to ensure that people know how and when to access NHS services and reassure that the NHS wants to see you. This campaign raises awareness of abdominal and urological symptoms that could… Read more: Help Us, Help You Abdominal & Urological Symptoms
  • Start for Life Home Learning Environment
    The HLE campaign has been designed to encourage parents and carers to chat, play and read more with their children, developing their communication, language and literacy skills before starting school. Some of the poorest children in the UK start school… Read more: Start for Life Home Learning Environment
  • Be kind to your mind this World Mental Health Day
    Better Health – Every Mind Matters is a campaign designed to empower people to look after their mental well-being and support others. It focuses on promoting mental well-being as well as addressing the four most commonly-reported, subclinical mental health concerns:… Read more: Be kind to your mind this World Mental Health Day
  • Every Mind Matter, Better Health
    Everyone can benefit from taking simple steps to look after their mental health and wellbeing. Good mental health helps us relax more, achieve more, and enjoy our lives more, and there are lots of things we can do to keep… Read more: Every Mind Matter, Better Health
  • Greener Practice
    At The Old School Surgery, we recognise the impact of all areas of our work on the health of our planet, as well as on our patients. We are pleased to announce we have signed up to the Green Impact… Read more: Greener Practice
  • Help Us, Help You NHS 111
    NHS England and NHS Improvement have launched the next phase of the latest ‘Help Us, Help You’ campaign which focuses on NHS 111 online.If you have an urgent but not-life-threatening medical need, make sure you visit NHS 111 online first… Read more: Help Us, Help You NHS 111
  • Newsletter April 2022
    As the country begins to get back to normal, The Old School Surgery is keen to share with you our plans to return to normality. Firstly, we would like to thank you for adapting to the different ways of working… Read more: Newsletter April 2022
  • Integrated Care Partnerships (ICPs)
    Integrated care partnerships (ICPs) are formal partnerships of provider organisations working together to deliver care by collaborating rather than competing. They include hospitals, community services, councils, mental health services and GP services. Social care and voluntary sector providers may also… Read more: Integrated Care Partnerships (ICPs)
  • Help Us, Help You – Heart Attack
    Heart and circulatory disease, also known as cardiovascular disease, causes a quarter of all deaths in the UK and is the largest cause of premature mortality in deprived areas. This is one of the biggest areas where the NHS can… Read more: Help Us, Help You – Heart Attack
  • Help Us, Help you – Cervical Screening
    On 14th February 2022, the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (OHID), with the support of NHS England and NHS Improvement, will launch a national cervical screening campaign. The Help Us Help You – Cervical Screening campaign will encourage those… Read more: Help Us, Help you – Cervical Screening
  • Facemask policy
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  • Omicron variant
    See below advice regarding Omicron variant You must wear a face-covering on public transport and in shops, including hairdressers, unless exempt. All contacts of suspected Omicron cases must self-isolate for 10 days, even if fully vaccinated or under 18. You… Read more: Omicron variant
  • Covid Booster Vaccinations
    Following recent Government announcements, please do not ring the surgery to book a COVID-19 booster appointment. We will invite patients prioritised according to age and for at-risk groups who are 3 months post their 2nd vaccination. You, therefore, may not… Read more: Covid Booster Vaccinations
  • Phone appointments
    In response to the Covid-19 pandemic and guidance issued by NHS England and Public Health England, we are currently operating a phone first appointment model, but in line with recent NHSE guidance are seeing patients face to face where beneficial… Read more: Phone appointments
  • World Mental Health Day
    The below messages are to be communicated to support the World Mental Health Day activity and raise awareness of the guidance and tools available to help adults take care of their mental wellbeing during this time and beyond, and seek… Read more: World Mental Health Day
  • Farewell and Good luck Dr Joshi
    On the 22nd of October, we will say goodbye to a much-loved Doctor and Partner of The Old School Surgery – Dr Anurag Joshi. Dr. Joshi joined the Old School family back in January of 2014, becoming a Partner in… Read more: Farewell and Good luck Dr Joshi
  • Blood test shortage
    All GP practices are affected by the current national shortage of blood tubes and are taking urgent steps alongside our hospitals to prioritise their use for people with the greatest clinical need. This includes testing for serious conditions such as cancer.  … Read more: Blood test shortage
  • Help Us, Help You Lung Cancer
    Today, NHS England and NHS Improvement with support from Public Health England, are relaunching the ‘Help Us, Help You’ lung cancer campaign to encourage people with a cough lasting three weeks or more and who don’t have COVID-19, to contact… Read more: Help Us, Help You Lung Cancer
  • Covid19 vaccine passports
    In the last few weeks, we have seen an increase in queries from our patients regarding vaccine passports, which we are unable to help with. Please do not contact us about this. If you have been vaccinated in England, Wales… Read more: Covid19 vaccine passports
  • Covid-19 Step 4 advice
    Large events such as music concerts and sporting events will be able to take place without capacity restrictions. It is expected and recommended that people wear face coverings in crowded areas such as public transport. If you are in the… Read more: Covid-19 Step 4 advice
  • Staff shortage
    Due to latest severe staff shortages, between 12 Jul 2021- 26 Jul 2021 please DO NOT VISIT and DO NOT CALL The Surgery unless its URGENT. Thank you.
  • Start4life
    Start4Life is Public Health England’s national programme that delivers trusted NHS advice and practical guidance to parents-to-be and families with babies and young children. It helps parents to understand the importance of the first critical 1,000 days of life and… Read more: Start4life
  • June for LGBTQ+
    Here at the Old School Surgery we are an LGBTQ+ inclusive practice, and pride ourselves in being able to offer a safe and welcoming place to all. Within our practice we have a Mental Health Advanced Nurse Practitioner who has… Read more: June for LGBTQ+
  • Covid19 Vaccination status
    PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT THE SURGERY ABOUT VACCINATION STATUS, we cannot provide that, from 17 May please use NHS APP or call NHS info line 119 Demonstrating your COVID-19 vaccination status: what it is Demonstrating your COVID-19 vaccination status allows… Read more: Covid19 Vaccination status
  • Back to school
    Parents with children at nurseries, schools and collegesA guide to regular rapid Covid-19 testing Regular rapid testing is now available for parents, their households and bubbles. Regular rapid testing is a fast and easy way to find out if you… Read more: Back to school
  • Covid19 spring 2021 response
    The government has published the ‘COVID-19 Response – Spring 2021’. It provides a roadmap out of the current lockdown for England and sets out how the government will continue to protect and support citizens across the UK.
  • NHS Act F.A.S.T.
    On 8 March 2021, Public Health England, supported by the Stroke Association, will relaunch the national “Act F.A.S.T.” stroke campaign.  There are more than 100,000 incidence of stroke each year in the UK, causing around 34,000 deaths. [1] The latest… Read more: NHS Act F.A.S.T.
  • Help Us, Help You Lung Cancer
    NHS England and NHS Improvement, together with Public Health England, are launching the ‘Help Us, Help You’ lung cancer campaign to encourage people with a cough lasting three weeks or more and who don’t have COVID-19, to contact their GP… Read more: Help Us, Help You Lung Cancer
  • Covid19 variant surge testing
    What surge testing is, who can have it, where to get tested and what to do after your test. We’re doing additional community testing, also known as ‘surge’ testing, to help us learn more about the mutated COVID-19 variant in Bristol… Read more: Covid19 variant surge testing
  • Better Health – Every Mind Matter
    COVID-19 has impacted the whole country; for almost everyone, life has had to change fundamentally. Research shows that since the start of the pandemic there has been an increase in a range of mental health conditions for adults, from low wellbeing,… Read more: Better Health – Every Mind Matter
  • Covid-19 vaccine Q&A
    I’ve received a letter about booking my vaccination appointment – what should I do? Letters are being sent inviting patients to book a vaccine appointment via the NHS website or by ringing 119. This being done by age cohort, in… Read more: Covid-19 vaccine Q&A
  • Covid-19: Mass vaccination
    The NHS will let you know when it’s your turn to have the vaccine.  It’s important not to contact the NHS for a vaccination before then. Thank you. (please see pdf guides and the bottom of this post) Vaccination We… Read more: Covid-19: Mass vaccination
  • Covid vaccine rollout
    Covid-19 Vaccination Programme An effective vaccine will be the best way to protect the most vulnerable from coronavirus and the biggest breakthrough since the pandemic began. A huge step forward in our fight against coronavirus, potentially saving tens of thousands… Read more: Covid vaccine rollout
  • Help Us Help You 111
    This December, NHS England and NHS Improvement has launched the next phase of the latest ‘Help Us, Help You’ campaign which focuses on the NHS 111 service as a new way to access A&E. If you have an urgent but… Read more: Help Us Help You 111
  • Routine appointments
    In view of the current pandemic and the upcoming national vaccination programme we have had to suspend the routine review of patients with chronic conditions. Please note, THIS IS ROUTINE REVIEWS ONLY – if patients who suffer from these conditions… Read more: Routine appointments
  • 2 Diabetes programmes
    Living with type 2 diabetes and want to help others? Become a peer mentor!We’re looking for people living with type 2 diabetes who can listen, share experiences and motivate others also living with this condition. As a peer mentor you… Read more: 2 Diabetes programmes
  • Accessing NHS services
    NHS England and NHS Improvement, and Public Health England ‘Help Us, Help You’ campaign – launches the Mental Health phase on 17 November 2020. This is part of the ‘Access’ of the Help Us Help You campaign. The campaign seeks to address… Read more: Accessing NHS services
  • Alcohol Awareness
    Alcohol Awareness Week: Speaking up about alcohol and mental health It’s been a difficult year for everyone and it’s not set to get any easier. A poll[*] released earlier this year from Alcohol Change UK showed that more than a… Read more: Alcohol Awareness
  • Help Us, Help you Maternity
    If you have an appointment to see your midwife or maternity team, or are concerned about the health of you or your baby, it’s important that we see you to check on the health of you and your baby, don’t… Read more: Help Us, Help you Maternity