Patient Information


There is information on measles on the NHS website. This includes advice to parents and carers to check if their child has measles, including photos of the measles rash. The rash looks brown or red on white skin. It may be harder to see on brown and black skin. 

UKHSA are working on getting images of measles on darker skin, but there are some in this guide

Measles is a highly infectious viral illness, so anyone with symptoms is advised to stay at home and phone their GP or NHS 111 for advice, rather than visiting the surgery or A&E, to prevent the illness spreading further. 


Pharmacists are experts in medicines who can help you with NHS prescriptions as well as support for minor health concerns. They are able to assist when you need advice and treatment that day, such as coughs, colds, sore throats, tummy trouble or aches, sprains and other pains.

If symptoms suggest it’s something more serious, pharmacists have the right training to make sure you get the help you need. In some cases pharmacists can also help get you emergency medicine.

Many pharmacies are open until late and at weekends. You do not need an appointment. You can find a local pharmacy here.

In some cases if you contact your GP practice with a minor illness that can be assessed and treated more quickly by a local pharmacist, (with your consent) they will send an electronic referral to the community pharmacy of your choice for a same day consultation.


Green Impact for Health

We are working to reduce our environmental impact by participating in the green impact for health scheme. This is important because environmental problems like climate change and air pollution damage the health of our patients and affect our ability to work effectively. The NHS makes up 4-5% of the UK’s carbon footprint currently, but it’s taking action to reduce this.

Things we are doing at Somerford Grove:

- Reviewing our inhaler prescribing to make sure we provide the best possible care for all patients with asthma or COPD while also choosing inhalers with low carbon footprints where possible

- Regular medication reviews to ensure all prescriptions are safe and necessary – this improves patient safety and reduces waste

- Doing our best to take a ‘prevention rather than cure’ attitude, by providing advice on healthy lifestyles and using our social prescribing and health and wellbeing services and our volunteer group to address problems that affect our patients’ health

- Working with our landlord to improve the efficiency of the heating system

- Using email and text messages to communicate where possible, and using paper only when necessary

Things you can do:

- Help to reduce waste by only ordering your medication when needed and checking your medication before you leave the pharmacy so that any incorrect prescriptions can be used for another patient, but if they have been outside the pharmacy they can’t be reused

- Take any used inhalers or unwanted medication back to the pharmacy so they can dispose of it safely – don’t put it in your normal bin or flush it down the toilet - Reduce your exposure to air pollution by avoiding busy roads especially at rush hour, only driving when necessary and turning your engine off when stationary

The good news is that we can look after our health and look after the planet at the same time, because there are lots of things that are good for both. These include reducing the amount of meat and dairy in our diets and increasing the amounts of fruit and vegetables, cycling or walking instead of travelling by car and taking care of our green spaces so that we can spend more time in nature, and connecting with others to build healthy communities. We all have different circumstances and not all of us are able to do all these things, but it’s important that we work together and do the things we can.

armed forces

Veteran Friendly Practice Accreditation Certificate.pdf

This means that, as part of the health commitments of the Armed Forces Covenant, we have a dedicated clinician who has a specialist knowledge of military related health conditions and veteran specific health services. This is important in helping ex-forces to get the best care and treatment. If you are ex-forces, please let your GP know to help ensure you are getting the best possible care. 

 Patient Charter.pdf

Top Tips for Veterans.pdf