Tolsey Newsletter

New GP Partner at the Tolsey

We are very pleased to welcome Dr Barbara Salt MBChB MRCGP DCH DFFP to our Tolsey team.  Barbara graduated from The University of Bristol Medical School in 1999. She became a partner at the Tolsey surgery on 1st October, having previously been a full-time partner in Caldicot, South Wales for the last 17 years. She has special interests in Women's health & family planning, Child health, the management of substance misuse and diabetes. She lives in South Gloucestershire with her husband, 2 teenagers & 2 dogs.

Retirement of Dr Harris

Dr Harris retired from clinical practice at the end of September having been at the Tolsey for 19 years. She says she will miss all her patients and colleagues and we hope that she will get used to a quieter life very quickly! We wish her all the best.

Thank you for the cards and gifts you sent in, these were given to her in a gift box on her last day, along with flowers and chocolates. Her Partners also presented her with a lovely wind sculpture for her garden.

Covid and Flu vaccinations

Due to the space restrictions in the Tolsey building we are taking over the village hall on 2 Saturdays for our FLU VACCINATION CLINICS : October 16th and November 6th.

These are for over 65 year olds, and under 65 at risk patients. You will be notified by text if you are eligible for a flu vaccine at one of these 2 clinics.

Patients will no doubt be aware of the national delay in Flu vaccine supplies to Primary Care and, as a result of this, we currently do not yet have enough vaccine for the 50 to 65 age group. We would kindly suggest that if you are in that cohort you consider taking up the opportunity to have a flu vaccination at various outlets including most pharmacies.

 

COVID BOOSTER VACCINATIONS

We have been allocated a clinic on Saturday 13th November. The NHS will be supplying us with the Pfizer vaccine only, which means that we will have to vaccinate our eligible patients at Malmesbury Primary Care Centre. There is still a 15 minute wait time after each vaccine, which we cannot accommodate in our current building. We are grateful to our local colleagues for, once again, letting us use their facilities.

All patients will be contacted according to the risk groups and ensuring it is six months since their previous vaccine.

We appreciate that some eligible patients may not wish to wait and so can make an online booking elsewhere using the Covid National Booking service. All members of the Tolsey recently used this service and found it to be very efficient.