Measles outbreak

You may have read about the worrying news that there is a national outbreak of measles in the UK, including in the Bristol and North Somerset area.

Measles is an extremely contagious disease.  The MMR vaccination provides immunity for this, along with some other options for patients to get this essential protection.

If you think you, or a family member, have been infected by measles, please DO NOT COME IN TO THE SURGERY.  Please telephone the practice in the first instance.  You will initially be booked to speak with a GP and then will be invited in to the surgery at a specified time.  Don’t be offended if we ask you to wait in your car and come and collect you from there!  As this disease is so infectious, it is possible to contract it in as little as 15 minutes in an area with an infected person.  We want to keep our other patients safe, especially given that some patients have suppressed immunity and we want to protect them, as well as you.  Please give the reception team as much information as you can when you call so that we have the best chance of identifying whether there is an infection risk before attending the surgery.

You can find really useful information on the NHS website here:- https://www.nhs.uk/measles.

Please ensure your child receives the MMR vaccine

Aside from being protected against measles, it protects you from Rubella (German Measles) and from Mumps (Mumps is the leading cause of viral meningitis).

In order to eradicate Measles, herd immunity is required.  This means that 93-95% of the population need to be immunised.  Immunisation rates have fallen below this threshold and this is why Measles has begun to spread.

168 Medical Group Message

Like many practices across the country, the impact of COVID has led to unparalleled levels of demand for 168 Medical Group. We are doing all we can to ensure those with medically urgent conditions are seen on the day. To support us to help those who need it most, if you are in the early stages of an illness or have a short term minor condition, please use the self-help guides on Ask My GP or the NHS website to self-care. When you contact us, we will ask you what you’ve done to self care. With self-care, many minor illnesses can resolve without needing medical treatment from a GP.

If you still need medical help, please note that our telephone team may refer you to our physiotherapist, mental health nurse or pharmacist if your condition is suitable to be treated by one of our extended healthcare team.

Please remember that our team are here to help you. They are doing a difficult job in challenging times. Please treat them with the same level of respect as you’d expect in return.