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NOTICE FROM THE PARTNERS AT TYNTESFIELD MEDICAL GROUP:
Brockway Medical Centre Closure
Monday 27th March
From: 11.30 am
Due to a bereavement at Tyntesfield Medical Group, the Partners have made the decision to close Brockway Medical Centre on Monday 27th March from 11.30am, this is to allow staff to attend a funeral and pay their respects.
Services will be running as normal from our other three sites, Tower House, Backwell and Long Ashton to support the Brockway community.
We thank you in advance for your understanding.
Backwell Medical Centre: 01275 465100
Long Ashton Medical Centre: 01275 392134
Tower House Medical Centre: 01275 866700
Group A Streptococcus Infection and Scarlet Fever
Recent media attention has highlighted the fact that cases of scarlet fever, a group A streptococcal infection in children are currently higher than we would typically see at this time of year. Very sadly, a rare complication of group A infection called ʻinvasive group A strep infectionʼ has resulted in a small number of deaths in younger children.
Scarlet Fever is caused by a bacteria called group A streptococcus and is usually a mild illness. Group A strep can live in the throat or on the skin and we know that 20% of healthy children are already colonised.
When Group A strep causes infection it releases a toxin that causes a rash and fever. The primary site of infection is usually in the throat. It is highly contagious and spread by droplets of saliva or mucus, for example on toys in preschool.
The incubation period from time of exposure to development of symptoms is usually 2-6 days. It will usually start with sore throat and fever of over 38°C. It then progresses after 1-2 days to the development of a red rash which starts on the abdomen and spreads up to the neck where the skin can feel rough and sandpaper like. Scarlet Fever is usually a mild illness and is treated with a 7 day course of antibiotics although there is evidence to suggest that early use of antibiotics does not change the rate of possible rare complications of this infection.
Children are advised to be excluded from school until they have had 24 hours of antibiotics. If health professionals decide not to treat, then a throat swab may be taken to support the diagnosis.
The rare complication of this infection is that invasive group A strep (iGAS) has resulted in a small number of deaths in children under 10 years of age. Compared to the total number of cases of group A streptococcus infections this is a very small number resulting in a serious complication. There is no evidence that this is due to a new strain of bacteria. It is thought that it may be related to social mixing and high levels of circulating bacteria. There are lots of viruses currently circulating that cause sore throats, colds and coughs. These will usually resolve themselves without the need of medical intervention. Occasionally, children can develop a bacterial infection on top of the virus and this can make them more unwell.
It is important to understand you may still use your judgement in deciding if your child has a simple cold that can be safely managed at home. If there are features of an illness that are more unusual, for example worsening symptoms, breathing difficulties, altered levels of arousal, or floppiness in younger children, then early medical advice should be sought.
Useful video to watch for parents: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTCErNyzmHA&t=29s
And a useful information leaflet: https://what0-18.nhs.uk/parentscarers/worried-your-child-unwell/scarlet-fever
Masks at Tyntesfield Medical Group
Mask wearing to continue at Tyntesfield Medical Group – in order to protect you, our vulnerable patients and our staff.
When We Are Closed
If you require urgent medical attention or advice outside of normal surgery hours the free telephone number to call 111
You may wish to visit one of the NHS Walk-in Centres:
- Bristol City Walk-in Centre, Boots the Chemist, Broadmead, Bristol BS1 3EA. Tel 0117 9069610. Open 9.00am to 8.00pm Monday to Saturday and 10.45am to 5.15pm Sundays and Bank Holidays.
- Urgent Care Centre, South Bristol NHS Community Hospital, Hengrove Promenade, Hengrove Park, Whitchurch Lane, Bristol BS14 0JZ. Tel 0117 342 9692. Open 8.00am to 8.00pm seven days a week including Bank Holidays.
Out-of-hours services are generally busy so please think carefully before asking to see a doctor and only do so if you genuinely cannot wait until the surgery re-opens.