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Young Carers Awareness Day

Thursday 30th January 2020


Everyday across the UK thousands of young people help to look after someone in their family, or a friend who is ill, disabled or misusing drugs or alcohol.

If you are under 18 and you help to look after someone, you may be a young carer.

Below is a link to the Carers Trust website. Please visit this site for more information on young carers.



Carers Information


Are you a Carer?

Do you want to keep up to date with what’s going on?

Click the links below to be updated on what’s happening this Winter!!

Autumn Winter Newsletter

Autumn Winter What’s On Guide


If you are a carer, please let us know at the surgery!


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.

Active signposting 2


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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