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Welcome to the Practice

It is now winter and we are seeing many people with the common cold, who could manage themselves. Please have a look at the Help us to Help You; The Home Treatment Guide for help with conditions such as coughs & colds. A great self-help resource for common ailments.





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The Surgery is Dementia Friendly 

For more information on how you can get involved please visit the national website:

 posted 18.08.15

Bradford on Avon Dementia Action Alliance.

The steering group of the Bradford on Avon Area Dementia Action Alliance has recently set three targets to be achieved before April 2017

  • The steering group of the Bradford on Avon Area Dementia Action Alliance has recently set three targets to be achieved before April 2017:
  • l Establish a network of local Dementia Friends Champions, ready to collaborate and deliver Dementia Friends Information Sessions
  • l Set up a Directory of Community Assets (local dementia friendly facilities and services)
  • l Organise a Dementia Friends Information Session in each of the 8 villages and a further 8 sessions in businesses and other community organisations

For more information please click here

There are lots of different ways to get involved – please contact Peter Dunford or Claire Thomas: peter.dunford@wiltshire. or



Events in Bradford on Avon

Monday May 15 Dementia Awareness Day at Dorothy House, Winsley, 12:30-4pm

Details available at—

Tuesday May 16 Dementia Friends Information Session

The Hub, Church Street 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Wednesday May 17 Virtual Dementia Tour Bus at Wiltshire Heights—professionals

The Tour allows people unaffected by dementia to experience what living with dementia can be like. Hourly slots available.

Dementia Friends Information Sessions 10:30am, 12:30 and 2:30pm

All bookable via 01225 435600 /

Free event. Refreshments provided

16 Cottle Avenue, off Berryfield Road

Thursday May 18 Virtual Dementia Tour Bus at Wiltshire Heights— public sessions

10 minute slots for the general public. No need to book.

Dementia Friends Information Sessions 10:30am, 12:30pm and 2:30pm. Bookable as above. Free event. Refreshments provided

Cake Concert at Wiltshire Music Centre, 1-2:30pm

A dementia-friendly concert featuring the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra Teatime Trio

£5 per person, including tea, coffee and cake

Book at or 01225 860100

BoA Business Dementia Friends Information Session

5pm for a 5:30pm start. Ends 6:30pm. At the Fat Fowl, Silver Street

Friday May 19 Trinity Café at Holy Trinity Church, 2-4pm (free)

Tea, coffee and cake accompanied by The Memories of Yesterday singing group. For people with dementia, their families and anyone who would like to get out of the house and enjoy good company.

You can just turn up at most Dementia Friends sessions, but to guarantee your space and for venue details, please go to or call 01225 776481

Grand Launch - The Trintiy cafe

At The Holy Trinity Church,Church St, Bradford on Avon

Friday 19th May 2017  2-4pm

Come along,for free

For more infomation please click here



Dementia Service

If you are worried about your memory you should arrange to speak to a doctor about this. It may be that your symptoms are not dementia but are caused by something else which you can get treatment for. It is natural for people’s memories to get a little worse as the body ages, however, if your memory problems are causing difficulties in your day to day life, you should speak to your doctor about it.

The doctor will want to know about your day to day life and how you are coping. They will run some physical tests, including blood tests, and a short memory test. They may refer you to a memory clinic if they suspect your symptoms are due to a less common type of dementia.

If you do get a diagnosis of dementia you will have lots of questions. There is a Dementia Adviser at the Health Centre called Emma Taviner. Anyone who receives a diagnosis of dementia should have an appointment with Emma and she will answer questions, help work out any benefits you are eligible for and tell you what services are available in your area.

If your symptoms change you should speak with your doctor. It may be that a different and treatable illness is making the dementia appear to be worse. If you find the short time allocated for a doctor’s appointment too stressful, please ask for a double appointment when booking your appointment. This will allow you more time to speak to the doctor.

While there is no cure for dementia, there is medication which can slow down the progression of the diseases. This is one reason why it is good to get a diagnosis as early as possible.

There are lots of services available for people with dementia, which Emma can tell you about. However, if you feel that you are coping well at this stage, Emma will arrange for a follow-up phone call every 6 months to check how you are getting on. As the disease progresses you may need more support, and in Wiltshire this is provided by a charity called Alzheimer’s Support.

Alzheimer’s Support’s range of flexible services support people living at home with mild to moderate dementia; helping them to maintain as much independence and control over their lives as possible.  It works alongside family carers, providing information and emotional support throughout the course of the illness.

Alzheimer’s Support’s services include –

  • Singing for the Brain – at the Wiltshire Music Centre
  • Movement for the Mind – a gentle exercise class in Bowerhill in Melksham
  • Art Group – in Holt
  • Day Clubs for people with dementia – the nearest one is in Trowbridge
  • Support groups and training courses for family carers
  • Free counselling
  • Support workers who can spend time with someone with dementia, doing whatever the person wants to do.

Alzheimer’s Support is always happy to answer questions and provide support. You can call on 01225 776481, email or drop in to our office at Park House, 1 Park Road, Trowbridge, BA14 8AQ. The office is open 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday. Information is also available at


Dementia services provided by Bradford on Avon Health Centre

  • Memory Café at the Dog and Fox Pub, Ashley Road, Bradford on Avon, BA15 1RT. This takes place from 3-4.30pm on the first Thursday of each month, and is an opportunity for people with dementia and their carers to meet up. A range of activities takes place, all accompanied by tea/coffee and cake.


Planning for the future

If you get a diagnosis of dementia it is essential to think about what the future will bring and to make sure that your financial and legal affairs are in order.

Swan Advocacy Service offer a free service you help you create a ‘Living Well Plan’. This plan is a record of what is important to you now and in the future, your choices, plans, hopes and preferences. What you think and your wishes are recorded for those who may need to make decisions on your behalf in the future. Details can be found at or by calling 03333 447928.


What is dementia?

The word dementia describes a set of symptoms that may at first include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language. Later it may affect someone physically as the brain’s ability to control the body declines.

Dementia is caused when the brain is damaged by diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease or a series of strokes. It is not a natural part of aging.

There are over 100 different types of dementia, and all types of dementia are progressive. This means that the structure and chemistry of the brain become increasingly damaged over



Memory Cafe - BOA 

A Café has opened in Bradford on Avon to support people living with memory problems and their carer’s.

This initiative is being run by The Bradford on Avon and Melksham Health Partnership to provide information and social support, and also a place to meet up.

Amanda Brookes Business Manager at Bradford on Avon Health centre feels it is important to bring this vital service to the town. As the Health Centre currently have over 200 Patients registered with Dementia, and there is limited places for Patient’s and their carer’s to go to get help & support within Bradford on Avon. The objective for the café is to be a fun place to come for information and to network with people in a similar position.

The current plan is to hold monthly session on the first Thursday of every month at The Dog and Fox Inn in Ashley Road between 3 – 4.30 pm. The Health Centre who are funding the project and supplying the dementia specialist staff, have said that if the idea proves popular in the town then they will consider holding it more frequently.

The first session was well attended by both Patient’s and Carers and was a great success for all concerned. The plan is now to incorporate activities into each session. Please find below the itinerary for the forthcoming monthly cafés; -

Forthcoming events

Thursday 7th January - Games

Thursday 4th February - Musical Bingo

Thursday 3rd March - Easter Crafts

Thursday 7th April - Gardening session

No appointment is necessary to attend the café, but please note it is only for Patient’s who are registered with The Bradford on Avon and Melksham Health Partnership. Any queries please contact Ruth Randall Tel: 01225 867876


 New Memory Cafe - Wiltshire Times Article 

Please click here to read the article from the Wiltshire Times on the opening of the Dementia memory Cafe opening at the Dog & Fox in BOA.

Posted 07.05.15

Free Health & Wellbeing Fair - Wednesday 21st September 2016

Wednesday 21st September 2016

St Margaret’s Hall, Bradford on Avon

between 10am and 4pm

Refreshments for a small donation (proceeds to Bradford on Avon Leg Club)

For more inforamtion contact: Bradford on Avon & Melksham Intergrated Team on 01225 860812



Topic of Focus for the month of May 2015:

DEMENTIA - Dementia Awareness and the services we can provide

Amanda Brookes and her team would like to promote the Dementia staff & services which can be available to patients and their carers .

GP led review clinic at St Margarets Surgery

Emma Taviner Dementia adviser for Alzheimer’s  Support in West Wiltshire, covering Trowbridge and Bradford On Avon.

Anne Shilston - Senior Nurse for Older People and the  Integrated Team Leader

Steve Dunne-Howells- Dementia Co-ordinator Sasko Spirovski role Care- Co-ordinator

New Memory Café—Dog & Fox

This information will be displayed on our notice boards, including Dementia handouts.

   Staff have attended the Dementia Friends information sessions and the Practice has become a Dementia Friendly Surgery

For more information on how you can get involved please visit the national website:




Integrated Team Leader  

Hello, my name is Anne Shilston and I am the Senior Nurse for Older People and the Integrated Team Leader for Bradford on Avon and Melksham Health Partnership (BoAMHP) in West Wiltshire.   BoAMHP is a Demonstrator site which means that the Practice is working with other agencies to: improve communication, avoid duplication and co-locate staff in the ‘hub’ at St Margaret’s Surgery, to provide a seamless   service to patients who are vulnerable to hospital admission.


To lead on the Integration Project and support the Practice deliver the new Integration model with members from Adult Social Care, the Community Team, Alzheimer’s Support and the Primary Care Mental Health Team.

What projects does this cover?

-          Bradford on Avon Leg Club – a drop-in non medical social setting for people who need advice about leg ulcers or changing skin on lower limbs

-          Balance and Falls Exercise Group – every Tuesday 2pm at St Margaret’s Hall

-          Supporting Nursing and Residential Homes with a nurse led service

-          Demenita one-stop clinic (run monthly for people who have memory         problems)

-          Memory Café which is held at the Dog and Fox on the first Thursday of each month, for patients who have memory problems and their Carers/loved ones

-          Leading on the multi-disciplinary meetings with Doctors and the Integrated Team to ensure patients are jointly managed and supported in their own homes

-          Linking into local community groups such as the: Seniors Forum, Hub at BA15 and the Area Board for Bradford on Avon

-          Developing a Falls Clinic with the BoA Integrated Team (more information to follow on this new initiative)


-          Care Co-ordinator 


Hello, my name is Sasko Spirovski and I am a Care- Co-ordinator for Bradford on Avon and Melksham Health Partnership in West Wiltshire. 


To provide information and guidance to patients, their families and Carers delivering a model of care co-ordination.  

What does the service provide? 

-          An initial meeting at a GP surgery, or at the person’s home 

-          Listening to and answering questions raised by patients, family members and carers regarding health and wellbeing 

-          Developing and reviewing a care plan, tailored specifically to each individual 

-          Providing information in a person’s preferred format. 

-          Guidance on accessing services within the NHS, Wiltshire Social Services and independent and voluntary services, both locally and nationally, as appropriate 

Who is the service for? 

Patients who are registered with Bradford on Avon Health Centre and St Damian’s Surgery, Melksham. 

-          People who are Vulnerable to Admission to hospital 

-          People who are unable to sustain their current independence, wellbeing, safety or caring role 

-          Support for people who care for someone at home 

-          People who have recently been discharged from hospital 

-          People who are living alone 

-          Patients, who are, living with frailty or long term conditions 

Dementia Adviser for Alzheimer's suppport for West Wiltshire 


Hello, my name is Emma Taviner and I am a dementia adviser for Alzheimer’s Support in West Wiltshire, covering Trowbridge and Bradford On Avon.


To provide information and guidance to people with dementia and carers throughout the dementia journey, including a telephone call every 6 months. 

What does the service provide?

-          An initial meeting at a GP surgery, or at the person’s home

-          Listening to and answering questions raised by the person affected by dementia

-          Developing an information plan, tailored specifically to each individual

-          Providing information in a person’s preferred format

-          Guidance on accessing services, both locally and nationally, as appropriate

Who is the service for?

-          People at risk of reaching crisis point

-          People who are unable to sustain their current independence, wellbeing, safety or caring role

-          Support for people who care for someone with dementia

-          People who are recently diagnosed with dementia and may find it difficult to access information 

-          People with dementia who are living alone with no form of support

-          Patients, who are, in a clinicians professional opinion, developing a form of dementia

What support is available? 

-          Home and Community Support Service (HACSS) 

-          Day care – Mill Street, Trowbridge, Sunday club, Trowbridge 

-          Group support 

o   Singing for the brain, Bradford On Avon

o   Movement for the mind, Melksham

o   Counselling 

o   Mini-breaks in Devon

o   Alzheimer’s and memory cafes

-          Support for carers

o   Carer support group

o   Training courses for carers 

How do I access my dementia adviser?

Call the main office on 01225 776481 to make a referral to a dementia adviser or alternatively, speak to your GP who can refer on your behalf. 

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