We are a GP practice located in the William Budd health centre on the Knowle West Health Park in Bristol.
Welcome to our website. Whether you are an existing patient of ours or looking to join you will find plenty of information about us and what we offer here.
If you are looking to join us you can learn how to register and book appointments using the links at the side. We are always happy to welcome new patients to the practice!
We are now publishing monhtly E Bulletins to keep you up to date - let us have your e mail address and you will receive it automatically
Go to the News page to see more of our past E Bulletins and newsletters.
CQC has rated the practice as ‘GOOD’ – the full report is very positive about the services we provide and is available from this link
Thank you to all staff and patients who took part in the inspection
We are extremely sorry to inform patients of the death of Jane Forde, our Advanced Nurse Practitioner. Jane had been ill for about a year and retired from the practice in March 2016.
Many patients will have seen Jane in Open Surgery and to help manage their COPD – she was a very important part of the practice team and will be greatly missed. The practice will be making a donation on her behalf to Myeloma UK
On a happier note we are very pleased to announce that Baby Girl Stone arrived at the beginning of September – we wish Dr Stone and her new daughter lots of sleep!
Dr Cathy Burns and Dr Rachel Missen are working Mon – Weds to cover Dr Stone whilst she is away
Dr Ian Bennett-Britton has joined the practice for two years working on a Thursday and Friday – he is a fully qualified doctor who wishes to gain experience of working in a general practice
We are sorry that Sarah Mott will be leaving the practice at the end of October. Sarah looks after our patients with diabetes so there may be a small gap in availability whilst we train other Treatment Room nurses
In Sept 16 Dr Salisbury was named as one of the top 50 most influential GPs in England – this is because of all the research he does at Bristol University
The Flu jabs have arrived – phone and book your appointment now.
Local pharmacists may also offer you a flu jab, but they do not have your full medical records and cannot give you additional immunisations against other illnesses like shingles or pneumococcal infections – so you may be better coming to the practice and getting your flu jab
Thinking of giving up smoking – nows the month – ask at reception about our smoking cessation service, or contact the Healthy Living Centre as they also run Stop Smoking courses
New patients - Some local practices are no longer taking new patients as they don’t have enough doctors
If you have friends and family who need to join a doctors they can register with us as long as they live in the practice area and have photo ID and recent proof of their current address – for further information see our website
GO6 - We are part of a group of practices called Go6 who are working together to look at ways we can improve and coordinate care between the practices. We are putting in bids to get funding to help us do this and will keep all our patients updated on our progress
The Go6 practices are The Merrywood Practice, Crest Family Practice, Hillview Practice, Hartwood Healthcare, The Lennard, Grange Rd Surgery
Quality & Outcome Framework (Q&OF) – The practice achieved 100% in 2015/16 Q&OF which is used to measure how well me are manging patients with particular health problems. Well done to all staff and patients!
Funding – Our funding has now been cut by 15% from 01.04.16 – we are continuing to plan to manage this reduction in funding without it affecting patients but it may mean we have less nurses and doctors
All GP practices are required to declare the mean earnings (e.g. average pay) for GPs working to deliver NHS services to patients at each practice.
The average pay for GPs working in The Merrywood Practice in the last financial year (14/15) was £52,996 before tax and National Insurance. This is for 3 full time GPs and 4 part time GPs.
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
All practice staff now have a mandatory duty to report patients they feel may be at risk of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) - see this leaflet for more information
Friends & Family test (FFT)
Oct 16 - 87 % of patients would recommend the practice to their friends or family.
National Survey Results
July 16 - Fantastic results, in particular Overall Satisfaction 90% - one of the highest in South Bristol (CCG average 87%)
We also continue to have very high satisfaction of telephone access – 93% Satisfaction - one of the top performing nationally (CCG average 73%)
|We are part of the Living Wage foundation. Ensuring our employee's receive not only the minimum wage but the living wage. Find out more about this foundation here.|