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Help the emergency services help you - using Lions Clubs Message in a Bottle...

For more information follow the link below:

Lions Clubs Message in a Bottle is a simple but effective way for people to keep their basic personal and medical details where they can be found in an emergency on a standard form and in a common location – the fridge.

Message in a Bottle (known within Lions as MIAB) helps emergency services personnel to save valuable time in identifying an individual very quickly and knowing if they have any allergies or take special medication.

Paramedics, police, fire-fighters and social services support this Lions life-saving initiative and know to look in the fridge when they see the Message in a Bottle stickers, supplied. The initiative provides peace of mind that prompt and appropriate medical assistance can be provided, and next of kin / emergency contacts can be notified.

Aneurin Bevan Health Board

Cervical Screening News

From the 6th November to the end of March 2022, Aneurin Bevan is offering Saturday morning clinics for women that are due for Cervical Screening. These clinics will be held across the region and you can call directly to book an appointment.

If you have recently received your smear invitation - please call

01633 431701

(on Wednesdays and Thursdays 12.30pm-4.30pm and Fridays 9.30am-1.30pm).

Mental Health & Wellbeing - now available at our surgery

For more information contact our reception team to book an appointment.


Steady on  Stay Safe and Prevent a fall .....

Falls are not a part of growing older - see the poster above for further help and guidance.

Falls awreness

Parent Talk Cymru is a free and confidential service for parents in Wales.  You can get support with anything that is worrying you.  Visit Parent-Talk

Parent Talk

Physiotherapy Self-e-Referral

Patients are now able to self- refer to the physiotherapy service directly if you have a bone, joint or muscle concern.

Simply click on the link below or download the following PDF to access the QR Code.Pysiotherapy QR Code

Veteran NHS Wales (VNHSW)

Despite COVID-19 VNHSW continue to operate and offer specialist service for military veterans who have served in HM Armed Forces or Allied Forces. The service is for military veterans with military attributable mental health issues.

VNHSW has specialist knowledge in military mental health. Their teams comprises highly trained Psychological Therapists offering specialist assessment, signposting and/or referral onwards and evidence based psychological therapies. They additionally have a Veterans Peer Mentor who supports veterans during their psychological treatment.

During this COVID-19 pandemic, VNHSW has continued to offer some outreach clinics for those veterans with clinical need for face to face appointments. However, much of their work at present is offered via online video platforms.

Referral to the service is straightforward and can be made by any professional/agency, family member or by the veteran themselves.

Simply complete the online referral form found at or directly by clicking on this link

Important notice.  Patients may have heard on the BBC news that patient data is being shared. Please note that this ONLY APPLIES IN ENGLAND AND IN NO WAY AFFECTS NHS WALES.


GP Practices are receiving communications from patients noting their ‘Dissent from secondary use of GP patient identifiable data’ either via a template letter, email or verbally. This is following a notice for NHS Digital in England for daily data collection under General Practice Data for Planning and Research (GPDPR) service.
This data service does not presently apply to General Practice’s in Wales and is specifically for those Practices providing contracted services to English residents within England.

Boots Hearing care has reopened in Abergavenny in their Cross Street Store. With a wide range of services including Hearing Assessments, Ear wax removal(Wax removal is £50 for 1 or 2 ears) alongside Private Hearing Aids.

It is appointment only, by calling either 03452037648 or online at I will be here on a Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday, please get in touch if you have any queries.

Leanne Andrews
Hearing aid Audiologist
Leanne Andrews

Melo Cymru 

Helping you look after your mental wellbeing.  Visit Melo Cymru for information on local opportunities, resources and courses to help you find ways to look after your mental wellbeing.

New App now available from Apple and Googleplay - Long Term Effects of COVID 

An App has been launched to support people with long COVID in Wales accessed on the Apple and GooglePlay app stores under ‘covidrecovery’. 

This is designed as a bespoke tool and ‘personal coach’ to support recovery. The app provides access to more than 100 videos and links to advice. App users will be able to record their symptoms, track their progress and learn to manage their condition at home with support. It includes advice from therapists, psychologists, dietitians and consultants.

Transforming Mental Health Services in Gwent

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board – Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Division is pleased to officially launch a new public engagement to help improve adult mental health services across Gwent.

The Health Board would like to invite people living in Gwent to contribute their experiences and views on how we can transform mental health services for the adult population of Gwent. Our aim is to deliver high quality, compassionate, person centred mental health and learning disability services and we strive to deliver excellent outcomes for individuals and their carers.

The discussions already taking place routinely in our services have helped us to think differently about how we can redesign and improve our mental health services. We know that services may not always feel joined up. We want every individual who receives support to have the best possible experience and outcome. We want people to be able to access high quality services as near as possible to their usual place of residence, in their communities, helping them stay well and out of hospital where possible. When individuals need to be supported in hospital we want them to feel supported by the right staff, in the right environment with clearly agreed outcomes and a focus on recovery.

We are delighted to launch this formal engagement to ask people for their opinions on our ideas and proposals. In order to develop and deliver the very best services we want to take into account the views from as many people as possible including people who access services, carers, friends, families, our staff and our partners. It is vital for the future that we have the support from those who use services, healthcare professionals and the public, so that we can implement an adult mental health service model that is truly co-designed by those who both access and help to provide services.

We would encourage everyone to get involved with this engagement and to make their views known. We know from feedback so far there is a great energy and determination to work together to improve mental health services across Gwent. This formal engagement offers a fantastic opportunity to develop forward thinking recovery focused mental health services that offer care, compassion and proactive support. By working together to shape our plans, we can all make a positive difference.

We are seeking your views on Transforming Adult Mental Health Services in Gwent

 To read our ideas please see link below:

Transforming Mental Health Services In Gwent

To take part in the survey click on the following link.

To ask a question please email

Notice from Gwent Association for Voluntary Organisations  

EPP Cymru (Education Programmes for Patients Cymru) area are currently delivering courses across Gwent via Zoom. For a full list of Courses and more information, please visit

Each six-week course is accompanied by an introductory session that gives an overview of Zoom & its functions, and also introduces the participants to the Tutors & the course they will be attending.

The courses will be run in groups of up to seven participants, and aims to develop the fundamentals of self-management skills for people living with a range of health conditions and also for carers. All courses will be delivered virtually via Zoom, until further notice.

If you would be interested in taking part in any of these courses you will need to complete an application form which is available from the website link above.

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board are launching a new website for mental wellbeing on January 13th 2021. To access the support please click in the following link.

FREE Virtual Wellbeing Courses

Your local EPP Cymru area are currently delivering the following courses across Gwent via Zoom:

  • Living with Chronic Pain – 1.5 hour sessions over 6 weeks
  • Living with Long Term Health Conditions – 1.5 hour sessions over 6 weeks
  • Living Well with Diabetes – 1.5 hour sessions over 6 weeks
  • Cancer - ‘Thriving and Surviving’ – 1.5 hour sessions over 6 weeks
  • Stance Diabetic Footcare - a single 1 hour and 30 mins session
  • Introduction to Self-Management - a single 1 hour and 30 mins session

To book please visit GAVO website

GAVO, Ty Derwen, Church Road, Newport, Gwent, NP19 7EJ

Tel: 07483 150109 | E: 

GAVO, Ty Derwen, Church Road, Newport, Gwent, NP19 7EJ

Tel: 07483 150109 | E: | W:

COVID-19 Vaccine Roll Out

Individuals in the priority groups for a COVID-19 vaccine will receive an invitation from their employer or health board providing information about the COVID-19 vaccines, telling them where to go and what to do on the day of their appointment.

People are urged to wait to be invited, which will happen through NHS systems. Please do not ask your pharmacist or GP. For further information please visit the government wales website below:

 Vitamin D and coronavirus

Current advice is available at:

There have been some reports about vitamin D reducing the risk of coronavirus. But there is currently not enough evidence to support taking vitamin D to prevent or treat coronavirus.

This year it's important to take 10 micrograms of vitamin D a day between October and early March, as you may have been indoors more than usual. This will help to keep your bones and muscles healthy.

You can buy vitamin D supplements or vitamin drops containing vitamin D (for under 5s) at most pharmacies and supermarkets.

 Women and children who qualify for the Healthy Start scheme can get free vitamins.

Taking too much vitamin D can be harmful, please don’t buy or use more than you need. If in doubt, you should consult your doctor and follow their advice

The Grange Hospital now open....

Yours NHS services in Gwent are changing.  The Grange opens its doors on November 17th 2020.

The Grange Hospital

Physiotherapy Services in a COVID  safe environment

Visit the website below for detailed information on how to manage your symptoms.

Coronavirus Testing Facilities on our news page ..

For testing facilities available in Gwent area Call 0300 30 31 222 between 8am - 6pm to book.

Support your mental wellbeing

If you are feeling down or anxious extra help for your mental wellbeing is available across Wales, online and over the phone.  These resources are safe, free and you don't need a referral.  See the links below:

SilverCloud is an online course which offers support for anxiety, depression, and much more, all based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Anyone aged 16 or over can sign up at:

CALL Mental Health Listening Line Provides a confidential mental health listening and emotional support line which is open 24/7. CALL can also signpost to support in local communities and a range of online information. Call 0800132737, text “help” to 81066 or visit:

Beat eating disorders helpline Beat provides helplines and information for adults and young people, offering a supportive environment to talk about eating disorders and how to get help. Call 0808 801 0677 or visit


Mind Active Monitoring Provides six weeks guided self-help for, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, and more. To get started, talk to your GP, any other health professional, or sign up directly at:

Activate Your Life The “ACTivate Your Life” online video course shares practical ways to cope with thoughts and feelings causing distress and help live life with more confidence. To start go to:

Young Person’s Mental Health Toolkit The Young Person’s Mental Health Toolkit links young people, aged 11 to 25, to websites, apps, helplines, and more to build resilience. You can access the toolkit at Young Person's Mental Health

Mind Monmouthshire offer help in the form of counselling.  Tel: 01873 858275

If you are having difficulties with depression, anxiety, stress, trauma or bereavement MIND can help.

See our Coronavirus and COVID 19 page for latest information on the Coronavirus visit our news page for links




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