Welcome to The Castle Practice
With patients' needs at the heart of everything we do, our website has been designed to make it easy for you to gain instant access to the information you need. As well as specific practice details such as opening hours and how to register, you’ll find a wealth of useful pages covering a wide range of health issues along with links to other relevant medical organisations.
Should you be interested, you will find two new reports under Survey Report in the Have Your Say menu:-
These are the results of last year's Friends & Family feedback, and the Castle Practice results from the national patient survey
Young People Friendly
The practice is delighted to have attained the award for being welcoming and friendly to young people.
We intend to build on this, so expect to see more information and guidance aimed at children and young people. This will include a dedicated page on this website.
we are also a No Worries practice which means that anyone from the ages of 16 - 24 inclusive, whether they are registered here or not, can have a sexual health consultation. Just walk in and ask the receptionist for a No Worries appointment
We recently held our first event for carers and it was a huge success. Another will follow in September. If you are interested, give your details to Reception.
A Healthier You
Wiltshire CCG has recently release the following press update about looking after your own health and keeping healthy. Follow the link below to find out more about "One You"
13 February 2017
Eating for a healthier you
NHS Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group is encouraging Wiltshire residents to eat healthier as part of Public Health England’s ONE YOU campaign.
What you eat, and how much, is very important for your health, and most of us are still not eating enough fruit and vegetables which should make up over a third of the food we eat each day.
Dr Peter Jenkins, Chair of Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group said, “Give yourself a chance of enjoying a longer, healthier life by simply making some small changes to your eating habits. Introducing more fruit and vegetables into your meals and trying to eat more freshly prepared food will make a positive difference to your health. It‘s never too late to change your eating habits and eating healthier doesn’t have to be complicated, boring or expensive, it’s an important part of maintaining good health.”
The recommendation is that you should be aiming to eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables each day and cut back on eating foods that are high in fat and sugar.
Making better choices on what you eat can have a huge influence on your health and help prevent diseases such as type 2 diabetes, certain cancers, heart disease and can reduce your risk of suffering a stroke or living with dementia, disability and frailty in later life.
Dr Richard Sandford-Hill GP in Market Lavington added, “Our lifestyles can be unhealthier than we think and without knowing it, many of us will have dramatically increased our chances of becoming ill later in life because of bad eating habits. Eating the wrong things combined with drinking more than we should, or just not being active enough, can all add up to an unhealthy you.”
Find out more about the small changes you can make to help you eat more healthily and take the ‘how are you’ quiz on the NHS One You website: www.nhs.uk/oneyou.
Are you aware of Independent Age? This organisation have lots of advice and information. This link will take you straight to their fact sheets and leaflets:-
Have you updated us with your mobile number?
If not, please speak to one of our receptionists who can quickly update your details.
This will enable you to be able to cancel your appointment by text should you no longer require it, when a reminder is sent through to your phone about your appointment. This will save you queueing on the telephones and will hopefully reduce the numbers of appointments not attended each month, freeing those appointments up for those patients who need the appointment most.
Click here to see our latest CQC rating: The Castle Practice CQC Ratings
Health Economy Campaign
As you are aware, there are great pressures onthe NHS at the moment. So, the Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group has made these videos to help our patients choose the right healthcare; to help you stay well and understand the challenges that we face.
If you would prefer them as documents, click here:-
Challenges facing health care in Wiltshire
Feeling Unwell? Choose the right health care
Take your health seriously - What you can do to stay well
We are part of a "Hub"!
To support patients, our practice works with Salisbury Health Plain Partnership (Cross Plain Surgery & Bourne Valley Practice), Avon Valley Surgery, Barcroft Medical Centre and St melor House Surgery. We have set up a hub where health information will be available to all our patients and it will link with our website. The hub will also support patients via Twitter and Facebook.
And here are the links, so that you can have a look!
B&NES, Swindon and Wiltshire Summary Sustainability Transformation Plan released
Sustainability and Transformation Plan