Welcome to Pioneer Medical
Welcome to the Pioneer Medical Group, formed by the merger of Avonmouth, Bradgate and Ridingleaze surgeries. We are a friendly, multi-site teaching practice providing primary care services in Bristol. We work hard to provide an excellent service, which is demonstrated by patient surveys and the CQC.
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July News - The NHS at 70 years
Started by the Labour government after the war the NHS provided healthcare to all, paid for by taxation. The idea; to provide universal healthcare free at the point of use.
The NHS turns 70 on the 5th of July
And after 70 years there have been some changes! The frankly incredible advances of medicine have been felt by all.
The near routine nature of organ transplantation. Harnessing the power of bacteria to make longer lasting recombinant insulins. Powerful treatments using knowledge of the immune system to supress inflammatory conditions like Rheumatoid arthritis. Robotic assisted surgery. Just WOW!!
What will the next 70 years bring? Your guess is as good as ours. Join in and comment on our Facebook page. If you want to find out more about the NHS and its last 70 years the BBC has lots of interesting articles, radio features etc here. .
Why use patient access?
View all the available appointments and pick the one that best suits your schedule. Book a slot even if we are closed. Order your medicines. Rearrange an appointment without having to call. Do all of this from the comfort of your own home at a time that suits, from your PC, tablet or phone.
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Learn more. Register for patient access at reception (please bring identification).
National measles outbreak
Please take note that a national measles outbreak has been declared in England. All those who have not received vaccination are at risk.
What has happened?
Between 1 January and 8 May 2018 there have been 440 laboratory-confirmed cases of measles in the UK including 42 in the South West. These are lab confirmed. The true numbers will likely be significantly higher. Nationally, these infections are thought to have mostly come from travellers from Europe where measles continues to be an issue (see here). The people affected are mostly young children and older ones who missed their MMR immunisations.
What should I do?
First and foremost, be informed. NHS Choices provides information about measles suitable for the public. Find a link to measles on NHS choices here.
If you or your child has not been vaccinated contact the surgery. Children are usually receive their first vaccination at around 13 months of age.
If you suspect you or your child has caught measles, contact the surgery. Please do this by phone initially. We can arrange assessment at a time that limits the risk to others. The MMR vaccine is safe. To read more about the MMR and other vaccines please take a look at our immunisation pages.