FLU VACCINATIONS -APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE NOW
Flu immunisation clinics begin on Tuesday 1st October 2013.
You are eligible for the vaccine if you are over 65 years old or in any of the following “at risk”groups:
· Have heart, lung, kidney or liver disease
· Have diabetes or a chronic neurological condition
· Have a poor immune system
· Live in a nursing home or in residential care
You can book appointments for the following clinics
Tuesdays mornings 08.00-12.30
Wednesday afternoons 13.30-17.30
Friday Afternoons 13.15-17.00
Saturday mornings 07.45-11.00
Please book your appointment by calling 0844 815 1400 or via our Front Desk.
SHINGLES VACCINATION. ARE YOU ELIGIBLE?
Shingles (routine aged 70 immunisation)
– commencing September 2013
The Surgery will make the shingles vaccine available to:
- initially,people aged 70 years on the 1st September 2013.
- later in the winter,catch-up cohort for those aged 79 on the 1st September 2013.
- any surplus vaccine should be offered to those people in the next available cohort, i.e. those people aged 78 on the 1st September 2013.
From 1 September, if you are eligible, please call us to make an appoinment to get the vaccine when you make your usual flu vaccine apppoinment. Both vaccines can be given at the same appoinment.
If you are not yet eligible, please don't forget to make your flu appointment if you are over 65.
Data from a number of general practice-based studies12, 13, 14, 15 suggest that more than 50,000 cases of shingles (herpes zoster) occur in patients aged 70 or over. The severity of shingles generally increases with age and can lead to post herpetic neuraligia (PHN) and hospitalisation. Around one in 1,000 shingles cases is estimated to result in death in people aged 70 or over.
In March 2012, the JCVI recommended that patients aged 70 should be routinely offered vaccination against shingles and a catch-up programme for patients aged 71 to 79.
The new shingles immunisation programme is being introduced from 1 September 2013 comprising a single injection to last a lifetime, offered routinely to patients who are aged 70 and the initial stages of catch-up programme for patients aged 71–79 (as at 1 September 2013) likely to commence with patients aged 79 (and any remaining vaccines supplies used to catch up patients aged 78).
Shingles – key details
The key details are that:
- an estimated 30,000 cases of shingles occurs in older people aged 70-79 in England and Wales each year.
- JCVI recommended that it would be most cost effective to vaccinate those aged 70 years with a catch up programme for those aged up to and including 79 years.
- There is only one vaccine in Europe Zostavax®, marketed by Sanofi Pasteur MSD that is licensed for the prevention of shingles. The vaccine contains a live strain of the virus, and is supplied in a pre-filled syringe and is licensed in use in adults aged 50 years and over.
- Adults should receive a single dose.
- One dose of Zostavax reduced the incidence of shingles by 38% in a group of 17,775 people aged 70 years and older. In the vaccinees that developed shingles, the vaccine significantly reduced the burden of illness by 55%.
NEW URGENT CARE PHONE LINE LAUNCHED
When should you use NHS 111
People should use the NHS 111 service if they need help or advice urgently but it’s not a life-threatening situation. You should call 111 if:
- it’s not a 999 emergency
- you don’t think it can wait for an appointment with your GP, or
- you don’t know who to call for medical help
For less urgent health needs, you should still contact your GP or dentist in the usual way. For immediate, life-threatening emergencies, patients should dial 999.
Why NHS 111 is being launched
As part of a national campaign to ensure that patients are directed to the right service as quickly as possible, the new NHS 111 service aims to:
- Improve the public’s access to urgent healthcare services
- Increase the efficiency of the NHS
- Replace NHS Direct with a service more fit for purpose
- Reduce pressure on the ambulance service / A&E departments
How the NHS 111 service works
NHS 111 is a telephone based triage service where highly trained and experienced call handlers, in conjunction with clinicians, will assess each call and direct it to the most appropriate healthcare service for the patient's needs.
NEW EARLY MORNING TELEPHONE CONSULTATION PROCESS
We now run a process of telephone consultation for all patients who call to make urgent appointments in the first 1.5 hours of each day. Patients will be called back by a Doctor or Nurse to assess the patients needs, which may include being given an appointment on the day, otherwise the matter can be dealt with over the phone. This change is in response to patient feedback about the telephone access and appointment availability. We will review this change taking account of patient feedback.
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