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Community Midwives

Melody Allsop is the named midwife for the practice. She is based at Keynsham Clinic, Park Road in Keynsham Bristol, 0117 946 1000.

Sue runs an Antenatal clinic every Tuesday pm at the surgery, and any other time she can be contacted via Keynsham Clinic. As a team they cover all the Chew Valley, Keynsham and Saltford. They provide antenatal (during pregnancy) and postnatal (after delivery) care in the surgery, Keynsham Clinic and at home.

If delivering in hospital (St. Michaels/Southmead in Bristol, Royal United Hospital Bath, Ashcombe Unit Weston General or Paulton Birthing Unit) you will be cared for in labour by the midwives there.

As Community midwives they provide a homebirth service, with a 24 hour on-call rota, with colleagues from UHB Trust. They run, with the support of an obstetric Physiotherapist, Antenatal/Parentcraft courses. They work very closely with your GPs, Health Visitor and all the hospitals. They are happy to give pre-conceptual advice.

When first pregnant, please collect a Booking pack from the receptionists.

Community Nurses

The district nurses visit housebound patients to provide a wide range of nursing support.

Some of the services they provide are Palliative and terminal care, wound care, Health education and promotion, support for patients and their family carers.

They can be contacted by ringing Chew Medical Practice on 01275 332420.

Health Visitors

Health Visitors (children under 5)          

The Health Visiting team for the Chew Valley is based at Chew Valley Children’s Centre and can be contacted on 01225 395458. They make contact with all new mums or with families who move to the area, and in particular they offer support to families of children with extra needs. They run outreach sessions in local villages – call them for more information.

Health Visitor for Older People               

Viv Hollis has recently joined the Sirona community team looking after older people. Her role is to provide support for people whose health is being affected by social factors such as housing, finance or isolation. She and her support workers will also be offering an annual health check to all patients aged between 80 and 84. Viv and her team can be contacted through the surgery.

Counsellors

Talking Therapies

Psychological (talking) therapies are provided at the surgery by LIFT Psychology. Patients may refer themselves, or a GP may suggest a referral. If you are stressed, anxious, depressed or unable to cope, you can get help through one to one sessions, computer-based activities, or group courses. You will meet with a practitioner at the surgery who will discuss different options and help you to choose the best approach.

For more information or to book an appointment, ring LIFT on 01225 675150

The LIFT approach is described in more detail atwww.lift.awp.nhs.uk/banes.

Attached Staff

NHS Physiotherapy       

Simple physiotherapy is provided at the surgery. More complex cases are seen at either Keynsham Health Centre or Paulton Hospital. Patients may be referred by a doctor or nurse, or may self-refer using a form available from the surgery reception.

Retinal Screening           

This is a national screening programme for patients aged 11 and over who have diabetes.

The Retinal Screening Unit attend the surgery once a month. Patients are invited by letter to attend once a year, unless they need to be referred to an eye clinic.

 
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