Latest News – 30th September 2015
Flu Clinics Autumn 2015
I am pleased to announce that the first of our flu clinics are planned as listed below. These appointments are for adult patient who are eligible. I have included details at the bottom of this email which gives further information about the eligibility criteria (including Children). I am planning clinics for our younger patients as we speak.
Monday 19th October – 1415 – 1700
Tuesday 20th October – 0830 – 1200
Wednesday 21st October – 0830 – 0930, 1315 – 1600
Thursday 22nd October – No clinics
Friday 23rd October – 1115 – 1215
Monday 26th October – 1415 – 1700
Tuesday 27th October – 1100 – 1200
Wednesday 28th October – 1315 – 1600
Our Patient Reference Group has kindly offered to conduct Patient survey during the course of these clinics. These very busy clinics provide a great opportunity for us at the surgery to make contact with a lot of patients over a short period of time. I’d be very grateful if all those attending could complete one of the questionnaires. In addition we are also carrying-out Atrial Fibrillation screening for our Flu vaccination patients. This is a test that measures the regularity of your heartbeat and is completed using a small device attached to a smartphone that we provide – again, I’d be very grateful if those attending could take part in this screening. There will be more information on the website and in the surgery regarding this screening.
Please feel free to contact the surgery if you have any queries.
Eligible Groups of Patients – Flu Vaccination programme Autumn 2015
Broadly speaking, anyone aged 65 or over, and anyone with a chronic condition is eligible for a free flu vaccination.
All patients aged 65 years and over
“Sixty-five and over” is defined as those aged 65 years and over on 31 March 2015 (i.e. born on or before 31 March 1951).
Chronic respiratory disease aged six months and over
Asthma that requires continuous or repeated use of inhaled or systemic steroids or with previous exacerbations requiring hospital admission.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) including chronic bronchitis and emphysema; bronchiectasis, cystic fibrosis, interstitial lung fibrosis, pneumoconiosis and bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD).
Children who have previously been admitted to hospital for lower respiratory tract disease.
Chronic heart disease aged six months and over
Congenital heart disease, hypertension with cardiac complications, chronic heart failure, individuals requiring regular medication and/or follow-up for ischaemic heart disease.
Chronic kidney disease aged six months and over
Chronic kidney disease at stage 3, 4 or 5, chronic kidney failure, nephrotic syndrome, kidney transplantation.
Chronic liver disease aged six months and over
Cirrhosis, biliary atresia, chronic hepatitis.
Chronic neurological disease aged six months and over
Stroke, transient ischaemic attack (TIA). Conditions in which respiratory function may be compromised due to neurological disease (e.g. polio syndrome sufferers).
Clinicians should offer immunisation, based on individual assessment, to clinically vulnerable individuals including those with cerebral palsy, learning disability, multiple sclerosis and related or similar conditions; or hereditary and degenerative disease of the nervous system or muscles; or severe neurological disability.
Diabetes aged six months and over
Type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes requiring insulin or oral hypoglycaemic drugs, diet controlled diabetes.
Immunosuppression aged six months and over
Immunosuppression due to disease or treatment, including patients undergoing chemotherapy leading to immunosuppression, bone marrow transplant, HIV infection at all stages, multiple myeloma or genetic disorders affecting the immune system.
Asplenia or dysfunction of the spleen aged six months and over
This also includes conditions such as homozygous sickle cell disease and coeliac syndrome that may lead to splenic dysfunction.
Pregnant women at any stage of pregnancy (first, second or third trimesters).
Those who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or those who are the main carer of an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill.
All children aged 2, 3 or 4 on 1st September 2015 are eligible. The vaccination campaign this year has been extended to Year One and Year Two children – these patients will receive a letter from the surgery shortly.
Heart rhythm screening: information for patients.
You have been invited for a screening test, aimed at finding out whether or not you have an irregular heart rhythm. Many irregular heart rhythms are harmless, but some may put you at increased risk of having a stroke in the future.
The screening test today, if negative, means that your heart rhythm is not one that puts you at risk. If positive for ‘atrial fibrillation’, on the other hand, it means that you should make an appointment for an ECG test. After that, your GP will be able to advise you on what else, if anything, is necessary.
The ECG test does not need to be done urgently, but should be arranged over the next few weeks.