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.

COVID Boosters

We are currently receiving a large number of questions regarding COVID 19 boosters.

We would like to assure all our patients that we will contact you when it is your turn to be vaccinated. As with the original vaccination programme, patients will be called for the vaccine in order of priority.

Please don’t get in touch with us about your vaccine unless you have received our invite to book. If you have not received an invite, please wait for us to make contact with you, we will be in touch when we are able to vaccinate you.