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Giffords Surgery Christmas and New Year Opening Hours




Christmas / New Year Opening Hours 2019/20


23rd December

Open as Normal

8am – 8pm


24th December


8am – 6:30


25th December




26th December




27th December

Open as Normal

8am – 8pm


30th December

Open as Normal

8am – 8pm


31st December



8am – 6:30pm


1st January



Influenza Vaccination 2019

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Are you 65 years old or over?

(Including 64 year olds who will be 65 years old before 31.3.2020) 


Are you aged 18-64 years old and in any of the following ‘at risk’ groups?



Asthma (on steroid inhaler), COPD   

Chronic kidney disease, liver disease,diabetes, chronic, neurological Condition
Weak immune System, splenectomy 

  BMI greater than 40    
Health & Social Care Worker   



If the answer to any of the above is 'YES' you are eligible for a free flu vaccination.


Please contact one of our Care Navigators to book your appointment today.


Active Signposting


The surgery implemented a signposting service from April 2019 to assist patients in seeking care from the surgery and other providers such as pharmacists or NHS Choices.

We have trained care navigators to carry out this new service.

Please see below for more information.

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Improved Access


Improved Access is a Wiltshire-wide initiative  offering increased availability of services and appointments in the evenings and at weekends. This collaboration between practices will ensure all patients in Wiltshire have this option, but you may be offered an appointment at another practice. Appointments are available 6.30pm-8pm, Monday-Friday, with some Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays. Appointment types will vary between face-to-face, telephone consultations, and a mixture of  same-day and bookable appointments, available across the week,with GPs and other healthcare professionals, such as practice nurses or health care assistants. 

You are required to give consent to use this service. 

To book an appointment, contact your local Surgery during normal opening times. 



Do you want to stop smoking?

 For support in stopping you can contact your local pharmacy where the majority hold a stop smoking clinic. The surgery no longer offers a stop smoking clinic.

Please see the attached form for more information and details for online support.

Access to Stop Smoking Clinics for Patients

Retirements at Giffords Surgery

Giffords GP Partners Dr Sally Rosser and Dr Maeve Duignan  retired from the Partnership in March 2019. They have over 29 and 15 years respectively delivered superb and committed care to the patient population of Melksham and have been instrumental through their hard work, drive and enthusiasm in making Giffords the successful and happy practice it is today.

We are pleased that Dr’s Rosser and Duignan will be staying on at Giffords for a day a week as retained GPs. We wish them both all the very best in their retirement and thank them for their long and productive careers as GPs here at Giffords Surgery.

We are delighted to welcome Dr Claire Garmston to partnership. Claire has already been with us for 12 months and is looking forward to stepping up to partnership alongside Dr Abby Burgess and Dr Jonathan Osborn.  In addition we have recently welcomed Dr Simon Hornby, Dr Jen Iggulden and Emma Hancock to the clinician team.

Dr Abby Burgess

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