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Nov/Dec Newsletter - out now. See Latest News

OLDER DRIVERS - how to keep driving safely for longer  

Check out the Older Drivers Forum website

CERVICAL SMEAR appointments

Smears are booked with our Well Woman-trained nurses, please telephone to make an appointment.  We are delighted to be able to offer these in some of our Improving Access clinics (between 6:30pm and 8pm and on some Saturdaysl. 


Do you have a medical concern but don't think a face-to-face consultation is necessary? Try eConsult - see home page.


If you spend time caring for a family member or somebody else - please let Reception know. See Information for Carers tab on the right for more info

Latest News

CORONA VIRUS - new information from Public Health England



All travellers who develop relevant symptoms (for example respiratory symptoms, shortness of breath, cough, fever) however mild, within 14 days of returning or transitioning from

  • mainland China
  • Thailand
  • Japan
  • Republic of Korea
  • Hong Kong
  • Taiwan
  • Singapore
  • Malaysia or
  • or Macau

should not attend the practice, but should remain at home and immediately call NHS 111 for advice.

 For up-to-the minute information see the Public Health England website:

Corona virus advice PHE 310120

Consult: seek help for your medical concern without having to come to the surgery

eConsult has been developed by NHS doctors and has been in use in the practice very successfully over the last couple of years. It has great self-care advice and helps you determine the right course of action for anything from a sore throat or a bad back, skin problems to fertility advice. If any of your symptoms are seriously worrying, the system flag that you need emergency help.

The on-line eConsult questionnaire comes straight to the practice and is reviewed by our own GPs. You can eConsult about a specific problem, or raise a general query with our GPs anytime of the day or night.  You are guaranteed a response by the end of the working day after we receive the eConsult.  eConsult can save a visit to the surgery, getting you the advice and reassurance you need to do what is right for your condition. Click here to get started with eConsult

Help yourself healthy

The NHS is a marvellous resource, but as we all know it is stretched.  The NHS has backed a practical Self care initiative to help give us all confidence to take control of those minor health issues that crop up from time to time.  There are some really useful fact sheets - on everything from heartburn and low back pain, through acne and constipation to eczema and sprains and strains.   See for yourself at

Connect to Support Hampshire: health, including mental health and dementia, learning and physical disabilities and older people's health information and advice for all

Connect to Support Hampshire is a source of information and advice, as well as a directory of services available for adults in Hampshire.
This website can be used to assist in sign-posting patients to services, key resources and websites that can help with many areas of life including:

  • Coping in later life
  • Mental Health
  • Health and Well-being  (including Well-being Centres)
  • Dementia
  • Learning and physical disabilities 

Important message for 24 year old women - and all women over 24...  A smear test lasts 5 minutes – the impact of cervical cancer lasts a lifetime”

Smear info

If you are 24 you will be receiving your first-ever invitation for a smear test in the next few months.  It’s a late-ish ‘coming of age’ event – and one you should not ignore. 

You’ll be invited for a smear every five years – but as the poster says – it’s five minutes from your life – and it could save your life – so don’t miss your first one.

For more information – including a really helpful and reassuring video about what to expect at a smear test – check out

Measles is on the increase in England - are you protected?

Practice Run Up to Christmas for Mind

The Wilson Practice is celebrating success in its first-ever entry in a public team challenge, having joined the ‘Run Things: Run Up to Christmas’ which raises money for the mental health and well-being charity, Mind.  ‘TeamTWP’ (eight people, including nursing staff, management and GPs), committed to Run Thing's top milestone of collectively running 250 kilometres (155 miles) between 1 December and Christmas Day.  And they did it!  With days to spare, despite some illness, sprains and a fractured metatarsal reducing the mileage capacity of some of the team.

Dr Louden clocked up the most miles, whilst senior nurse and nurse manager Sister Claire Muir got the prize for dedication to the cause by running the 5k Christmas Day parkrun at Hogmoor Inclosure, Bordon. Overall, the team ran more than 300km (190 miles) which is great achievement – especially when the evenings were dark and often very wet.

“Being part of a team with a goal was a great motivator, especially when it was raining!" said practice business director Rosie Lewis. "The partners were very supportive and kindly sponsored our entry fees,” she continued. “We are lucky to have Amy Holder, a Mind mental health well-being worker, working from Alton Health Centre on a Thursday supporting patients from across the A31 Group of Practices, so it felt like a very direct way of giving something back.”

Run Things was set up by two friends on the south coast who wanted to encourage people to get out and run and to raise awareness and funds for Mind, a charity close to both their hearts.  It runs a number of challenges throughout the year and a virtual run club.  This year over 4,000 people around the world took part in Run Up To Christmas.

You can support Mind and recognise The Wilson Practice team’s achievement through the Run Things justgiving page: Please mention TeamTWP in your comment

Dr Louden reaches the top of Kilimanjaro - and returns safely to the practiceDr Louden reaches teh summit of KiliDr Louden

Great news for Winchester Hospice - Dr Louden made it to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro - with  generous sponsorship (£3,500 at the last count from so many kind people!) and the good wishes of the practice and patients spurring her on. In an amazing adventure that saw one team member helicoptered off the dormant volcano and another fall victim to altitude sickness, Sally was one of 15 intrepid women who made the summit - despite fresh snow on the final part of the ascent making conditions treacherous.  "It is the hardest thing I have ever done!", she proclaimed of the five-and-a-half days up, day-and-a half down route that was part trek, part scramble and part climb. Back to work in the practice just three days later, Dr Louden is beaming, but understandably a little weary, complimenting the team work amongst the group and the help of their guides for making it possible.

You can support the development of the Winchester Hospice through Dr Louden's donation page:

 Over-use of prescription medicine: a GP view

Following the recent media coverage highlighting concerns over this issue, Dr Sally Louden has written a helpful fact sheet.  Download it here or pick up a copy in Reception.

Are you recently divorced, or still feeling the effects after some time? Divorce Recovery Workshops might be worth checking out 

DRW is a national charity aiming ti help people 'grow through', rather then 'go through' this traumatic life event.  New workshops starting in Basingstoke in October - see their poster here

Fresh Start - NEW Confidential group to help people get free from life-controlling habits

If you, or someone you know or love, needs help to break free from an addiction such as smoking, gambling, drinking or the internet/screen use, this new initiative from Christians Against Poverty, could help.

Led by a trained Fresh Start Coach and working in confidence with other people facing similar challenges, the course is tailored to help people discover freedom once more.

The group starts on Monday 30 September. It runs from 7:30 - 9pm.(or 7pm for a free meal first) at Alton Maltings Centre.
For more information contact Mark Rumsby on 07769 030913 or check out

HRT and breast cancer: read Dr Louden's reassuring Fact Sheet

HRT and breast cancer Fact Sheet Aug19

Exercise = fitness = health

Sounds simple – and in essence it is – but there is more to it than that…

Former senior partner and founder of Cardiac Rehab (and Alton Runners!) Dr Hugh Bethell has spent a lifetime exploring and promoting this basic concept.

And he is still learning.

He has created a blog to share ideas and evidence – to encourage us all to help ourselves to better health – and, if you wish, to enter into debate on the issues.

With sections on exercise and diabetes, dementia and hypertension already – the blog is in easy to understand, bite-sized chunks – and has amusing illustrations to help make the point.  Click here to go straight to Hugh’s blog:

OLDER DRIVERS - how to keep driving safely for longer  

For useful drop-in sessions coming up locally check out the Older Drivers Forum website

GP and nurse appointments before 8am as well as until 8pm weekdays and on Saturday and Sunday mornings

Patients across 'the A31 Group' all have access to appointments with nurse/healthcare assistants (HCAs) and GPs at one of the local surgeries until 8pm every weekday, between 8am and 10am on Saturdays, and (new from 1 July) on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings between 7am and 8am. There is also the opportunity to arrange a telephone consultation in some of those morning, evening and weekend slots and the option of seeing a GP at Basingstoke Hospital (RG24 9NA) on a Sunday morning). These sessions (apart from the Sunday ones) are staffed by doctors, nurses, healthcare assistants and receptionists from the A31 Group of Practices.  

PLEASE NOTE 1: regardless of venue these appointments are booked via a patient's own surgery and are for PRE-BOOKED APPOINTMENTS only.  The telephones at all practices are are handled by NHS 111 outside of core hours

Are you dehydrated?

Click here Preventing dehydration to find out why it matters and what you can do to avoid the problem

Wilson Practice patients are very switched on!

Latest NHS statistics show that our patients are way out in front when it comes to using IT to get the best from the practice. Around half our patients can book appointments and order repeat medication using Patient Access, and almost one patient in six has registered to access their clinical record safely and securely on-line.

Managing partner Dr Andrew Fellows says: "We're delighted that our patients are using technology to help them access our services, and that our staff have been able to help so many people do this. Patients can log on whenever it suits them and with access to records, you can check test results and remind yourself of what was agreed in a consultation. It frees up our reception and admin colleagues to help people with more complex queries, and those who do not have internet access."

To register for this service, simply go to The Wilson Practice website and click Online Services from the menu on the right to download a form. You will need to attend the practice with photo ID and proof of address to complete the process.

Thank you for your feedback

We are grateful to all patients who responded to our recent survey on access and services to help us with planning these developments. In addition to the changes above, we are looking at how we can broaden the range of services on offer from our surgeries and we are developing a fact sheet to address the most common questions and observations raised through the survey.

Weight management: top tips and links

Click here for the NHS 12-week weight loss plan, developed in association with the British Dietetic Association

Apps and links to exhibitors at the WP-PPG Healthy Weight Event

  • We welcome patient feedback on the care and treatment we provide, and suggestions for changes or improvements you would like the practice to consider.  You can complete a very simple paper survey in the surgery, or you can do it on-line by clicking 'Would you recommend?' (below) or at  You can also leave feedback on the NHS Choices website ( Your views are important to us. Thank you for taking the time to respond.

Access to your medical record on-line

Why might this be useful? You can check results of blood tests, refer back to recent consultations, confirm your medications or immunisation dates and refresh your memory before attending an outpatient appointment, for example; and of course, you can ensure we have your latest contact details.  Click here for an application form. You will need to come to the surgery in person with the completed form plus photo ID and proof of address to register for this service.

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