Congratulations Alison

Alison Kent receiving her prize from Carolyn Bell, Quality Lead at Swindon CCG. The other staff members are Nickie Meacock (PN) and Jo Dalby (CNM).

Congratulations to Alison who attended a Wound Care event and completed a wound care questionnaire and was chosen as the winner.



Have You Had 2 Doses of MMR?

Have you had 2 doses of MMR?

Public Health England are asking people to check that they have received two doses of MMR vaccine and to be aware of the signs and symptoms of measles following an increase in confirmed cases over the past few weeks.

It’s never to late to be vaccinated

If you have not received two doses of MMR in the past or you’re unsure please contact the surgery and we can check your records. 

There’s no harm in receiving an additional dose where there is uncertainty.

Measles signs & symptoms

Initial symptoms can include:

Cold-like symptoms
Sore, red eyes that may be sensitive to light
High Temperature (fever), which may reach around 40C (104F)

A few days later, a red-brown blotchy rash will appear. Usually starting on the head or upper neck before spreading to the rest of the body.

For more information on the MMR Vaccination please visit NHS Choices



Fit Note Data Extraction

Fit Note Data Extraction & Publication

Practices have received communication from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) on the extraction and publication of fit note data. The extraction is intended to allow the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to collect data on fit note usage to inform policy development and evaluate the Fit for Work service.  The data being collected will be fully anonymised.

Data will be collected in February 2016 (to include fit notes issued from December 2014) and will be published from spring 2016.

Data will not be extracted for those patients who have objected to their data from leaving the practice for purpose beyond their direct care.  

Further information can be found here





Swindon Women's Aid Drop-In Service

Domestic Abuse Drop-In Service at Abbey Meads Medical Practice

Are you suffering from domestic abuse?…..

Physical - Emotional - Sexual - Financial - Psychological

Every Tuesday 9am – 11am drop-in or text 07713 567 722 to book an appointment 

Female & male victims of domestic violence & abuse can access our free & confidential one-to-one drop in clinics.




New contractual requirements came into force from 1st April 2015 requiring that GP practices should make available a statement of intent in relation to the following IT developments:-

1.        Referral Management

2.        Electronic Appointment Booking

3.        On line Booking of repeat prescriptions

4.        Summary Care Record

5.        GP2GP transfers

6.        Patient Access to the detailed information from the medical record.

Dr Hawkins and Partners offer our patients 1 -5 of the above requirements under the GP contract relating to IT developments.

We are working closely with our Clinical System Suppliers to allow patients to access the detailed information from their medical record and it is our intention to have this development available to our patients by 31st March 2016.


CQC Inspection Report

Abbey Meads Medical Group Inspection Report


NHS England - List Maintenance Project 2015

NHS England - List Maintenance Project 2015

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 the patient details on GP lists are accurate. Letters are being sent to some patients, but not all.

If you do receive a letter, please either confirm your details or submit any changes.

Changes can be made by returning the form in the prepaid envelope. If the details are correct, you can confirm by freepost, by Freephone, via text message or online.

It is important to respond to the letter, as GP lists do become out of date over time. If we don’t have an accurate record of your name and address, then we or a hospital may not be able to contact you with important information.

We may also need to contact you:

- with test results

- to invite you for bowel, breast or cervical screening to protect against cancer, for example

- to offer vaccination against infectious diseases such as flu or measles, mumps and rubella

- to give you an appointment as part of your plan to stay healthy if you have a long-term illness.

Please respond to the letter within four weeks, so the NHS can be certain about your details. If you do not respond, the NHS will assume that you have moved away, and begin the process to remove you from the practice list.