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IMPORTANT:  The surgery CLOSES at 6pm every evening. There will be access for patients with pre-booked evening appointments as part of our Enhanced Access commitment.
The Dispensary is open between 9am & 5pm only, please collect your medication within these hours. if this is a problem please contact us to make a prior arrangement . 
SICKNOTES: You can self-certificate for 7 days, if you need a note following 7 days and it is a problem that has been dealt with by the Doctor or hospital then please use the Contact us online request below.
 

If you have a respiratory problem and book a face to face appointment with a Doctor or Nurse, please wear a face covering when you attend the appointment. Thank you

If you request a Doctors appointment, we have asked our receptionists to ask about the reason for your call so they can book you an appointment with the most appropriate Health Professional and you will be offered either a telephone or face to face appointment. Do not attend the surgery unless you have an appointment arranged. 

ONLINE MEDICATION ORDERING  If you wish to write a message to dispensary when you order medication, please write it in the box on the second page, beneath the list of medication you have ordered, not the first page (as this deletes the list of medication you want). Thank you

Medication reviews. In future, on your repeat prescription list, if there is a message in bold print, please take note of it as it will be a message for you personally. (The automatic message has been removed). We are reviewing how medication reviews are carried out and you may note your review date may have been changed.

Other Vaccinations

SHINGLES

A vaccine to prevent shingles, a common, painful skin disease has been offered to those in 70-79 age group. This is now changing, with an increased roll out to those who are younger. 

From 1 September 2023:

  • Those aged 70-79 will still be able to get the shingles vaccine from their GP practice.
  • They will either be offered one dose of Zostavax or two doses of Shingrix (6 to 12 months apart)
  • All those aged 50 and over with a weakened immune system will be offered two doses of the Shingrix vaccine by their GP practice (8 weeks to 6 months apart).
  • Those turning 65 and 70 will be offered two doses of the Shingrix vaccine (6 to 12 months apart) by their GP practice as they become eligible (eligibility will go down to 60 years old in September 2028).

Research has shown that once people turn 80 it is no longer effective.

Dependant on age, the shingles vaccine is usually given as a single injection into the upper arm. You can have it at any time of the year.

The shingles vaccine is expected to reduce your risk of getting shingles. If you do go on to have the disease, your symptoms may be milder and the illness shorter.

Shingles can be very painful and uncomfortable. Some people are left with pain lasting for years after the initial rash has healed. Shingles is also fatal for around 1 in 1,000 over-70s who develop it.

It's fine to have the shingles vaccine if you've already had shingles.  Once you've had it, you don't need to have another. The shingles vaccine works very well in people who have had shingles before and it will boost your immunity against further shingles attacks.

The surgery will be reminding patients that are eligible for this vaccine to make an appointment with the Practice Nurse. If you think you are eligible for a Shingles vaccination and haven't yet been contacted, please get in touch.

For NHS information regarding shingles vaccinations click HERE

PNEUMOCOCCAL VACCINATION

The Pneumococcal Vaccination (Pneumo) helps protect against some types of bacterial infections that can cause serious illness like:

  • meningitis (an infection of the brain and spinal cord)
  • sepsis (a life-threatening reaction to an infection)
  • pneumonia (an infection in the lungs)

It can also help protect against other illnesses, such as sinusitis and ear infections.

The pneumococcal vaccine is recommended for babies, older people (aged 65 and above), and children and adults at higher risk of getting seriously ill from pneumococcal infections.

Like the shingles vaccination, you’ll only need it once.

For more NHS information about this vaccination click HERE

WHOOPING COUGH VACCINATION

Whooping cough is a very serious infection, and young babies are most at risk. Most babies with whooping cough will be admitted to hospital.

When you have the whooping cough vaccination in pregnancy, your body produces antibodies to protect against whooping cough. These antibodies pass to your baby giving them some protection until they're able to have their whooping cough vaccination at 8 weeks old. 

Your midwife should advise you when to have them during pregnancy - it i usually between 16 and 32 weeks, but if you miss your vaccination you can still have it up to the time you go into labour. Your baby will be called for vaccination.

For more NHS information about this vaccination click HERE

MEASLES, MUMPS & RUBELLA (MMR) VACCINATION

The MMR vaccine gives long-term protection against measles, mumps and rubella (German measles).

These 3 infections spread easily between people and can lead to serious problems including meningitis, blindness and hearing loss.

If you're pregnant, getting measles can cause premature birth, miscarriage or still birth. And getting rubella can cause serious problems for your baby, such as damage to their sight and hearing.

2 doses of MMY vaccine gives you long-term protection.

Getting vaccinated also helps protect people who cannot be vaccinated, such as unborn babies, newborn babies and anyone with a weakened immune system. The MMR vaccine is recommended for all babies and young children, but older children and adults can have it if they were not vaccinated when they were younger.

For more NHS information about this vaccination click HERE

Due to a significant rise in the number of measles cases nationally and locally, and the decline in uptake of the MMR vaccination for children and young people under 25, please get in touch if you think you, or a child in your household are not up-to-date with their MMR vaccinations and ensure you and/or they have had all doses and have been fully vaccinated.



 
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