News from Swindon Clinical Commissioning Group

Stay Well This Winter – Flu Vaccinations for Young Children

With nursery and school terms well underway, parents and guardians of young children are encouraged not to put off getting the free flu vaccination for their children.

This year, children aged two to four and those in School Years 1, 2 and 3 are all eligible for a free flu vaccination on the NHS. The child-friendly nasal spray means children can avoid having an injection and instead have a quick, painless squirt into each nostril.

In Swindon, children can visit their GP for the nasal spray vaccination and parents are encouraged to contact their GP practice to book an appointment. Children of all ages over six months with a health condition that puts them at greater risk of flu are also eligible for the flu vaccine.

Flu is a very unpleasant illness in children causing fever, stuffy nose, dry cough, sore throat, aching muscles and joints, and extreme tiredness. This can often last several days. Flu can be serious too. Some children can become very ill and may need to go to hospital for treatment. Serious complications of flu include a painful ear infection, acute bronchitis, and pneumonia.

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New Road Build Out discussion 14th November

New Road Build-Out


The Parish Council resolved to review the effectiveness of the build-out placed on New Road in April of this year six months after its installation.  Since then, the council has been carefully monitoring feedback submitted via the Parish Clerk along with comments made on social media.


On the 4th of October, members of the Parish Council met with Borough Councillors Fionuala Foley and Eric Shaw, Stephen Taylor, the Borough’s Director of Law and Democratic Services and Monitoring Officer, and Jason Humm, the Head of Highways and Transport to discuss the build-out and to establish what information is required to conduct the review.  During this meeting, a list of questions was left with the Borough Council so that answers can be collated and supplied to the Parish Council in readiness for the November council meeting.  The list of questions can be downloaded here:


At present, the intention is to discuss the build-out at the November full council meeting on Monday, 14th November starting at 7pm at the recreation hall off Norris Close.  Members of the public are welcome to attend.

“Get Online” week at Swindon Libraries from 17th to 23rd October

UK-wide digital inclusion campaign is back for 2016 in Swindon Libraries

A campaign, which aims to show people how the internet can make life easier, cheaper, healthier and more fun will roll into Swindon next week.

Get Online Week runs from 17 to 23 October and will see thousands of events taking place across the country.

Now in its 10th year, the campaign has helped almost 300,000 people discover the benefits of getting online.

During this year’s Get Online Week Swindon Libraries are offering FREE sessions for beginners who would like to learn how to use their iPad.

The workshops will help people discover how to tap, pinch and swipe, while also learning how to access the internet to find information on health matters, paying bills online, job seeking, social media, using email, online shopping and much more.

There will also be some handy tips on how to use the camera on an iPad to take photos. All people need to do is bring their own iPad or tablet, or borrow one from the library service on the day.

The sessions will run between 10am and 12noon at the following libraries:

 Highworth Library – Monday, 17 October

 Central Library – Tuesday, 18 October

 North Swindon Library – Wednesday, 19 October

 North Swindon Library – Thursday, 20 October

 West Swindon Library – Friday, 21 October

People of all ages are welcome to attend and the groups will be small, relaxed and be led by qualified trainers.

Booking is highly recommended. To find out more and to reserve your place contact Joanne Gahan at North Swindon Library on: 01793 707129 or 07823 525461.

Swindon Road Closures over half term school holidays

Essential Resurfacing Planned For School Holidays

Two busy Swindon junctions will be closed to traffic during October half-term to allow essential resurfacing to take place.

Wootton Bassett Road and Kingsdown Crossroads have been on Swindon Borough Council’s Highways repairs list for the past two years, but work to resurface both junctions was put on hold to allow other significant works to take place across the borough including the remodelling of Bruce Street Bridges and SSE’s cabling upgrade in the Kingsdown area.

The work has been scheduled to take place during the school holidays to minimise the impact on motorists.

Wootton Bassett Road will be resurfaced from the bowling green to Kingshill roundabout and include parts of Westcott Place and Kingshill. Contractors will start the carriageway repairs on Monday, 24 October and work is expected to finish on Friday, 28 October.

The road will be closed between 8am and 6pm each day and the work is scheduled to take place before the forthcoming scheme to transform Junction 16 of the M4 gets fully underway.

Kingshill will be closed at Bath Road, and Westcott Place will be closed at the roundabout by Park Lane and Faringdon Road. Access to residents will be maintained and will be managed by the contractor on site.

Kingsdown Crossroads, which encompasses the junction with Hyde Road, Kingsdown Road and Beechcroft Road, will be closed from Monday, 24 October. The work is expected to last for three days.

The junction will be closed for the duration of the works as there is insufficient space to safely undertake the works and maintain any form of through traffic. The resurfacing, as in the case of Wootton Bassett Road, cannot be carried out overnight due to nearby residential properties.

Motorists are advised to avoid both junctions during this period and to allow more time for their journeys. Advanced warning signs have been put out ahead of the work and diversions will be in place.

Two diversion routes have been set up for traffic that would ordinarily use Wootton Bassett Road. Motorists heading in the direction of Old Town should go via Redposts Drive, Blackhorse Way, Croft Road, Devizes Road and Bath Road.

Drivers who would normally head into Swindon town centre via Westcott Place should use a diversion route of Great Western way, Bruce Street Bridges, Kemble Drive and Park Lane.

Anyone whose route encompasses Kingsdown Crossroads should use a circular route utilising the A419, Swindon Road, Gypsy Lane, Cirencester Way and Cricklade Road.

Jason Humm, Swindon Borough Council’s Head of Highways and Transport, said: “The various teams within Highways always aim to plan works effectively so we minimise disruption as much as we possibly can, which is why these works have been programmed in during the quieter school holiday period.

“We have deliberately kept these two schemes on hold because of the major projects that have been taking place in the town over the last two years, but the carriageways have deteriorated to such an extent that we cannot wait any longer.

“The work to transform Junction 16 of the M4 will also get into full swing next month so it is important the Wootton Bassett Road repairs are done now.

“We appreciate the resurfacing projects will inconvenience people for a short period while the road surface is improved, but we just ask that motorists bear with us for a few days while these repairs are carried out.”

For information on upcoming works affecting Swindon’s road network subscribe to Highways News via:

SBC Winter Preparations

Council Has Preparations In Place Ahead Of Winter Season

Sixteen hundreds tonnes of salt is being held in reserve should freezing temperatures hit the borough over the coming months.

The salt which has been put aside by Swindon Borough Council is enough to treat the town’s priority routes 40 times. Last year, the Council treated the priority routes 26 times using approximately 1,000 tonnes of salt.

An additional 1,000 tonnes of salt is on provisional order for early in the new year should the weather deteriorate throughout the winter.

A team of 16 drivers and eight gritting lorries will be on stand-by 24 hours a day to grit the priority routes which cover 280 miles of the borough’s 520-mile road network.

The council has also checked the borough’s 474 grit bins, and those that need filling or replacing will be attended to before the end of the month.

Depending on the severity of the weather, up to 125 employees could also be deployed to grit pavements.

The Council’s Homeline service, which assists elderly and vulnerable people, also has 4×4 vehicles so it can respond to emergencies in adverse weather. The service has a 4×4 Response Protocol whereby multi-agency support, including the voluntary sector, is available to assist in emergencies.

The Council has emergency planning procedures in place and staff in many service areas will also be placed on standby in the event of severe weather.

Cllr Keith Williams, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for StreetSmart, said: “We start preparing for winter well in advance as we need to make sure we have the correct contingencies in place.

“We believe we have a sufficient quantity of salt in reserve, but as we are at the mercy of the weather we have allowed for additional reserves should we need it.

“Our winter preparations extend beyond the highway, however, as we need to ensure we have staff ready to respond around the clock and keep our vulnerable residents safe in adverse weather.”

Further information on how to stay safe in an emergency or during adverse weather is available at:

Cabinet meeting to discuss the Community Governance Review 19th Oct 6.00pm

Please see the attached link which has details of the Swindon Borough Council Cabinet meeting on Wednesday 19th October at 6.00pm in the Civic Offices, Committee Room 6.

All public are able to attend.  This meeting is relating to the proposed changes to the boundaries of Chiseldon Parish (and others) and the creation of new Parishes.

CGR Cabinet Report