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Cervical Smears

Due a cervical screening test? Your safety is important, so due to COVID-19, the way we carry out tests has changed. Regular appointments are available with our practice nurse so please book your test. When you make your appointment the receptionist will explain our current appointment procedures that we have in place in order to keep you safe when you arrive at the Surgery.

Practice Newsletter

A copy of this months PPG Newsletter can be downloaded here.



The Friends & Family Test is about giving patients the opportunity to provide quick feedback on their care and treatment experience. You can say what is going well and what can be improved so that people who make decisions about local healthcare can take your views into account.

It doesn’t take long and you don’t need to give your details on your feedback form.

Look for details in the reception or waiting room. You can ask a member of staff how you can take part or find out more online by going to the website



If you would like to know where to turn for help when you are ill or injured but it is not an emergency please click on the link below which will take you to a website that can offer advice. 


Registration letters from NHS England - please respond if you get one

The NHS is carrying out work in Bath, Gloucestershire, Swindon and Wiltshire to make sure that the patients details on GP lists are accurate.  Letter are being sent to some patients, but not all.  If you do receive a letter, please either confirm your details or submit any changes.  For more information about this project please visit  



Did you know that you can email the Surgery using for Non Urgent medical questions/queries, Medication queries or requests for the completion of a MED3 form (sick note)?  Any messages sent to this email address will be checked daily.

Please do not use the email address to cancel or arrange appointments as this still needs to be done directly with the Surgery or by using the online service - Systm Online if you are a registered user.



Stroud Improved Access logo

Providing Healthcare for the Stroud Area

The GPs of the Stroud Area have been offered an opportunity to take part in a project to improve patient access to primary care services for the residents of Stroud and surrounding areas. Extra GP clinics will be held during normal hours, and additional appointments will also be available between 6.30pm and 8.00pm every weekday evening and on Saturday mornings. Patients registered with any participating GP Surgery within the Stroud Area will be able to have an appointment at these extra clinics.

This is an exciting project and involves 12 GP surgeries in the Stroud area working together for the benefit of their patients.

This project will be closely monitored on how it is performing, and whether we, as a primary care community, are delivering the care required to meet the healthcare needs of the Stroud Area.

Stroud Improved Access GP Surgeries

  • Beeches Green Surgery
  • Frampton Surgery
  • Frithwood Surgery
  • High Street Medical Centre
  • Locking Hill Surgery
  • Minchinhampton Surgery
  • Painswick Surgery
  • Price's Mill Surgery
  • Regent Street Surgery
  • Rowcroft Medical Centre
  • Stonehouse Clinic
  • Stroud Valleys Family Practice

Improved Access to GP Appointments

Our aim is to make it easier and more convenient for patients to see a GP by providing more appointments at certain surgeries across the Stroud area. These will be known as Improved Access Appointments. Patients can book to be seen regardless of which Surgery they are registered at. These appointments can only be offered to patients registered with one of the Stroud Improved Access Surgeries.

The Stroud Improved Access Surgeries hosting these extra appointments are:

  • Beeches Green Surgery
  • Frampton Surgery
  • Frithwood Surgery
  • High Street Medical Centre
  • Locking Hill Surgery
  • Minchinhampton Surgery
  • Painswick Surgery
  • Price's Mill Surgery
  • Rowcroft Medical Centre
  • Stroud Valleys Family Practice

All appointments need to be pre-booked, either in advance or on the day.

This is NOT a walk in service and does not replace the service provided by our local Minor Injuries Unit or A&E.

How to Book an Improved Access Appointment

Ring your GP Surgery as normal. Your surgery will offer you an appointment based on what is available. If you choose an Improved Access Appointment, the reception staff will tell you where the clinic is being held and the times of the available appointments. If this is convenient an appointment will be booked for you.

It is very likely the appointment will not be with your usual GP, and the GP you see will be from another surgery. You will be asked for your consent for your medical record to be accessed by the GP you see. Information about your consultation will be entered into your record and your usual GP will be able to see this.

The reception staff will ask you for a brief indication of why you want to be seen. This is not because they are being intrusive, but in some cases it may be better for you to see your own GP or other health professional and they are simply trying to ensure the most appropriate appointment is booked for you. This is to avoid wasting your time and to allow these Improved Access appointments to be used to maximum advantage for all Stroud area patients.

Who can be seen at an Improved Access Clinic

These appointments are for anyone with a new problem, such as tonsillitis or an ear infection, or with a long-term condition that has become worse, e.g., a chest/respiratory condition that has become worse and needs treating urgently.

If you have already seen your own GP about a problem, or you have a long-term condition and are currently receiving treatment, it may be more appropriate for you to see your own GP who already knows about your condition and any tests/treatments you have received. Your Surgery staff will be able to advise when you book.

Consent to access your Medical Record

To treat you appropriately, the GP you see will need access to your medical record and you will be asked for your consent to this when booking. When you arrive for your appointment, you will again be asked for consent to your record being accessed. If you have changed your mind and do not give your consent, then we will not be able to see you and you will need to re-book to be seen at your own Surgery.

Attending for your Improved Access Appointment

The Improved Access clinics are staffed by Stroud area GPs, but it is very unlikely you will see your own GP. It would be very helpful if you could bring with you a list of any medication you take, and for you to have a clear idea of your current problem. It may help to write your concerns down beforehand. Full details of of your consultation will be added to your medical record and your own GP will be able to see this.

Please arrive on time or a little early for your appointment. If you are late you will not be seen.

Further Investigations

Following your consultation, if you need to have further investigations such as blood tests or x-rays, or you need to be referred to a Specialist at the Hospital, this will be done and your usual GP will be aware of the referral.

If you need to take medication for your condition, such as antibiotics, you will be given a paper prescription which you can then take to any Pharmacy to be fulfilled.

After your Appointment

If you have any further concerns or feel you need to be seen again, you should contact your own GP Surgery. Your first point of contact should always be your own GP Surgery who will be able to help you.


If you need to make a complaint about the Stroud Improved Access service please do so by contacting your usual Surgery who will advise you of their complaints procedure

Stopping the Prescribing of Over The Counter Products on the NHS in Gloucestershire

Please see following letter from NHS Gloucestershire regarding Over The Counter Products.


Sanger House

5220 Valiant Court

Gloucester Business Park




Tel: 0300 421 1636

Dear patient/carer

NHS Prescriptions for medications available to purchase over the counter.

We are writing to inform you that from 31 May 2018, a range of medicines that are available to buy over the counter from pharmacies and supermarkets will no longer be routinely prescribed by GP surgeries.

These are medicines associated with a number of minor, short term conditions, which either get better by themselves or you can treat yourself. (A full list of these is below)

The decision in Gloucestershire follows a recent national consultation and NHS England guidance which recommends this change (referenced below). As a commissioner (buyer) of services and treatments, we have a duty to plan and prioritise fairly and use the public money available to achieve the maximum health benefit for the people of Gloucestershire.

The annual prescribing cost for these medicines in Gloucestershire is around £2 million which we think could be put to better use to support more serious health conditions. Costs to the NHS are often higher than those over the counter when other fees are included such as those for dispensing or medical consultations.

The change will also help to ease some of the pressure on GP surgeries, so doctors and other healthcare professionals can concentrate on patients with more serious or long term conditions.

The average cost of many of these medicines no longer prescribed on NHS prescription will be around

£2 to £3 - for example olive oil ear drops, antifungal skin cream or antihistamine tablets. The price of these items may vary slightly, but will range from 30p (for a small packet of paracetamol) to around £5 (for a bottle of branded cough medicine). Please discuss the best range of medicines available to you with your community pharmacy team.

We hope that you understand the rationale behind this decision. If you have any concerns about how this will impact your health, please contact your GP or Practice Nurse. If you have any concerns or complaints about the decision, please contact the CCG at:

Yours sincerely Dr Andy Seymour

Clinical Chair

NHS Gloucestershire CCG

Dr Charles Buckley

GP Prescribing Clinical Lead

NHS Gloucestershire CCG

NHS England guidance

Conditions for which prescribing should be restricted from reference above:

Items of limited clinical effectiveness

1. Probiotics

2. Vitamins and minerals

Self-limiting conditions

3. Acute sore throat (short term sore throat)

4. Cold sores of the lip (infrequent)

5. Conjunctivitis (pink eye/swelling and redness around the eye/eye infection)

6. Coughs and colds and nasal congestion

7. Cradle cap that causes distress to the infant and is not improving (yellow scaly patches that sometimes appear on the scalps of young babies).

8. Haemorrhoids (piles)

9. Infant colic (stomach pain/trapped wind pain)

Minor conditions suitable for self-care

10. Mild cystitis (pain when you urinate due to mild infection)

11. Mild irritant contact dermatitis (mild allergic type of skin reaction)

12. Dandruff (mild scaling of the scalp without itching)

13. Diarrhoea (adults) (frequent watery bowel movements)

14. Dry eyes / sore tired eyes

15. Earwax

16. Excessive sweating (mild - moderate hyperhidrosis)

17. Head lice

18. Indigestion and heartburn

19. Infrequent constipation (difficulty in passing stools)

20. Infrequent migraines

21. Insect bites and stings

22. Mild Acne

23. Mild dry skin

24. Sunburn

25. Sun protection

26. Mild to moderate hay fever / seasonal rhinitis

27. Minor burns or scalds

28. Minor conditions associated with pain, discomfort and/fever (e.g. aches and sprains, headache, period pain, back pain

29. Mouth ulcers

30. Nappy rash

31. Oral thrush

32. Prevention of dental caries (tooth decay)

33. Ringworm/athletes foot (types of fungal skin infection)

34. Teething/mild toothache

35. Threadworms

36. Travel sickness tablets

37. Warts and verrucae


For general information on coronavirus, please use this url:   

Because the NHS 111 service is experiencing high call volumes at the moment the NHS have issued the following information. For patients concerned that they may have coronavirus or may have come into contact with someone who has, the NHS 111 online service has created coronavirus pages that tell patients what they should do based on their particular circumstances.  These can be accessed at:

If you do not have access to the internet then please dial 111 for advice.

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