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Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre to host World Mental Health Day event

Posted on Wednesday 8th October 2014 at 6:23 pm by SH (Editor)

Poster advertising a World Mental Health Day event at Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre, Bristol.

An informal event being held in Bradley Stoke on Friday (10th October, World Mental Health Day) will provide practical advice and information about mental health.

The event, which runs from 10.30am to 2pm, will be held at Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre and will offer visitors the opportunity to try out various sporting activities that help lift the mood, including table tennis, badminton, swimming and exercise classes.

The physical activity sessions will be followed by talks about mental health and associated issues from a range of experts including Anthony Lacny and Maria-Paloma Sequeiros from the Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (AWP).

Throughout the event there will also be a marketplace of stalls and information available so you can find out what’s happening locally and where you can go for help and support. There will also be a performance from the South Gloucestershire Carers Choir who will be performing uplifting songs.

The aim of the event is to raise awareness of mental health and to promote the benefits of sports activity in encouraging positive wellbeing. It will also be an opportunity to share information and inform the community about the services and support on offer in the area.

Dr Mark Pietroni, South Gloucestershire Council’s Director of Public Health, said:

“We are working together with Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health partnership and the South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to make the future better for people with mental health issues.”

“Many people self-manage their mental health condition and try to deal with all of the stress and anxiety on their own. We are particularly trying to encourage those people to come along to this event and find out about all of the support that is available.”

More: Children are welcome; entertainment throughout the day »

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Local midwife classes saved but new mums face longer trips

Posted on Monday 25th March 2013 at 9:10 am by SH (Editor)

Mother and baby.

A last minute agreement between Bradley Stoke Town Council and North Bristol NHS Trust should mean that weekly midwife classes are able to continue in the town for the next three years but mums with young babies will in future have to travel out of town to access baby clinics run by health visitors.

The town council has been providing free accommodation for both classes for the last two years after the NHS said it could no longer afford to pay for room hire but that arrangement was due to end this April after councillors decided they wished to terminate the subsidy agreement, claiming that Bradley Stoke taxpayers were being “asked to pay twice for the same service”.

A compromise has now been reached in which the midwife classes will move from the Brook Way Activity Centre to the Baileys Court Activity Centre, with the NHS paying a reduced rate of £7.60/hour to hire a room for a weekly two hour session over 48 weeks of the year.

However, no agreement was reached on accommodation for the baby clinics, so new mums will now have to travel to Little Stoke Community Hall or The Stokes Children’s Centre (also in Little Stoke) to access this service.

Natasha Swinscoe, General Manager of the Directorate of Women’s & Children’s Health at North Bristol NHS Trust, explained:

“We have decided that we do not need any space in Baileys Court for the heath visitor (HV) team. We have used the opportunity presented by the move from Brook Way to review how our HV teams function and have re-designed them in order to provide more co-location of teams in certain other of our bases. This affords better opportunities for cross cover and communication between teams so has been a beneficial move. We will continue to provide access to the residents of Bradley Stoke to the full range of HV services.”

An NHS spokesperson added that having health visitors based in a children’s centre “is actually a really positive move, especially for those families that use it for other things”, and is consistent with the organisation’s Children’s Community Health Partnership (CCHP) model of working with other children’s agencies.

He added that Bradley Stoke Town Council had been “very helpful” in finding alternative accommodation for the midwives.

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Surgery to take on new doctors in effort to improve appointment availability

Posted on Friday 8th February 2013 at 11:42 am by SH (Editor)

Bradley Stoke Surgery, Brook Way.

Bradley Stoke Surgery has announced that it is taking on two new doctors over the coming months, which it is hoped will give “more available appointments” for patients registered at the Brook Way practice.

The news was revealed in a letter from the surgery’s business manager Sandra Lloyd, circulated at last night’s meeting of the Bradley Stoke Safer and Stronger Community Group (SSCG).

The nine GPs currently working at the surgery will be joined by Dr Saddiqui, a male doctor, from 1st April and Dr Acharya, a female doctor, from 7th May.

The practice also reports that it has already increased the strength of its nursing team by employing two extra health care assistants.

And in an effort to cater for working patients, the Lead Nurse now works until 6pm on three days of the week and 6:30pm on a fourth.

The difficulty of obtaining appointments at the surgery has been an ongoing issue of concern for many patients and the subject was most recently raised by Cllr Tom Aditya at the SSCG meeting in May 2012.

The practice responded by sending one of its senior partners, Dr Kilmartin, to address the next SSCG meeting (in August), where it was explained that the surgery’s operation had been disrupted by staff sickness, which had “affected the availability of appointments”.

Measures introduced to improve the situation have included opening the practice at 8am (previously 8:30am) and keeping it open over the lunch period. Appointments can now be booked in person at the surgery from 8am or by telephone from 8:30am, although many patients at the August meeting remarked that by the time they are able to get through on the phone, all the appointment have gone.

More: Practice claims it is underfunded by the NHS »

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Funding cuts set to force midwife classes and baby clinics out of town

Posted on Monday 17th December 2012 at 12:36 pm by SH (Editor)

Mother and baby.

Weekly midwife classes and baby clinics currently held at the Brook Way Activity Centre look set to be forced out of town after Bradley Stoke Town Council (BSTC) voted to stop providing free room hire.

The Town Council stepped in to support the services two years ago, after the NHS said it could no longer afford to pay for room hire at two venues in Bradley Stoke.

At the time, the NHS wanted to move the classes to the Sure Start Children’s Centre at Bowsland Green Primary School, but the midwives and heath visitors that run the classes insisted that the proposed new venue was too small and that a move there would lead to shorter sessions because groups would have to be split.

In September 2010, the health workers approached the Town Council to ask if they would provide free room hire to allow the “vital community services” to “continue in their current form”, which Councillors agreed to do for a period of two years.

But when the arrangement came up for review in September this year, Councillors decided to end the offer of free room hire, giving the NHS three month’s notice.

For the clinics and classes to continue at Brook Way, the NHS would have to pay the “non-Bradley Stoke community rate” of £14.55/hour, meaning that room hire for each of the two weekly two-hour sessions would cost £29.10, but the health authority says it can’t afford this and so the classes and clinics will have to relocate to neighbouring areas.

Local mum Helen Taylor-Woodward, a user of the Bradley Stoke baby health clinic, told The Journal:

“I am shocked and dismayed that the NHS could withdraw funding for what is such a vital community resource to new mothers in Bradley Stoke. It is virtually impossible to speak to the health visitors when you need them as they are so busy. They always return messages but the only opportunity to see them face to face is at the clinic.”

“Going to Patchway or Filton to see health visitors who don’t know me or my son is not going to give us the continuity of care we need and I believe have a right to.”

More: Services to be moved to Little Stoke, Filton and Patchway »

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