DO YOU KNOW YOUR HEART AGE?
Adults across the country are being encouraged to take a few minutes out of their day to get to know their heart age by taking a free online, ‘Heart Age Test’, which asks physical and lifestyle related information, as well as blood pressure and cholesterol, and determines if someone’s heart is at a higher age than their actual age.
Having a heart age older than your chronological age means that you are at a higher risk of having a heart attack or stroke, which are the two main forms of cardiovascular disease, which is the second leading cause of death in the country. It is estimated that over 50 deaths a day from these conditions could be prevented if people had a better understanding of their heart health.**
The Heart Age Test has been completed 1.9 million times so far and four out of five of those have a heart age higher than their chronological age. To find out your heart age, search ‘Heart Age’ or go to: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/nhs-health-check/check-your-heart-age-tool/
** This figure has been derived from investigating the number of deaths of this kind in people under 75 years of age
FLU CAMPAIGN 2018/19
Our popular Saturday clinics are now available to book:
Saturday 6th October (adults only – no children’s vaccine available for this session)
Saturday 3rd November
Saturday 24th November
Alternative dates are available if you are unable to attend on Saturdays. Please telephone for details.
YOU QUALIFY FOR A FREE FLU VACCINATION IF YOU ARE IN ANY OF THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES:
- Children aged 2 to 9 years old. Pre-school children aged 2 to 3 years will be vaccinated in the surgery. Children aged 4 to 9 years will be vaccinated at school (your school will provide information regarding this). We cannot vaccinate school age children in the surgery unless they suffer from a long-term medical condition.
- Pregnant women
- Anyone living with a long term medical condition, eg a heart problem, a chest complaint or breathing difficulties including bronchitis, emphysema or severe asthma, kidney disease, lowered immunity due to disease or treatment (such as steroid medication or cancer treatment) liver disease, stroke or TIA, Diabetes, neurological conditions eg MS, Cerebral palsy or learning disability, problem with spleen including removal or sickle cell disease, BMI of 40 and over.
- Everyone aged 65 and over
- People with caring responsibilities
Housebound patients – the practice offers a service to patients who are not able to get to the surgery for their vaccination. If you require a nurse to visit you at home, please contact the surgery to arrange this.
All appointments are available on to book online - SystmOnline https://systmonline.tpp-uk.com/ or telephone 01225 759850 to book your appointment. (please telephone after 11.00am)
Additional information about vaccinations:
Influenza - http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/vaccinations/Pages/flu-influenza-vaccine.aspx
Shingles - http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/vaccinations/Pages/shingles-vaccination.aspx
Pneumonia - http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/vaccinations/Pages/pneumococcal-vaccination.aspx
Meningitis Vaccination (ACWY) Catch-up Campaign
We are contacting 18-24 year olds whose computer records held at the surgery indicate no Meningitis ACWY Vaccine.
This vaccine helps protect you against meningococcal disease which can cause meningitis (inflammation of the brain) and septicaemia (blood poisoning). These can kill in hours and those who recover may be left severely disabled.
Since 2009, there has been a large increase in group W meningococcal (MenW) disease in England, resulting in several deaths in teenagers. Older teenagers and young adults who are not vaccinated are at risk of getting MenW disease, so you need to get vaccinated to protect yourself. Vaccination helps protect you and others around you. You may have had a MenC vaccination before but you still need the MenACWY vaccine as this gives you the extra protection you need.
The vaccination is free and may save your life.
Please make an appointment in the Treatment Room to receive your vaccine.
If you believe our records are incorrect please let us know where and when you received the vaccination. If you decide not to have the vaccination please let us know so we can enter this on your medical records.
Further information on the vaccination programme and meningococcal disease can be found on NHS Choices at: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/men-acwy-vaccine/
MMR Catch-up Campaign
We are contacting 16-29 year olds whose computer records held at the surgery indicate an incomplete course of MMR (Measles Mumps and Rubella) Vaccine.
There is currently a large on-going outbreak of measles in Europe. Measles, mumps and rubella are highly infectious conditions that can have serious, and potentially fatal complications including meningitis, swelling of the brain (encephalitis) and deafness.
Please make an appointment in the Treatment Room to receive your vaccine to complete the course.
If you believe our records are incorrect please let us know where and when you received the vaccination.
If you decide not to have the vaccination please let us know so we can enter this on your medical records.
Further information on the vaccination programme and meningococcal disease can be found on NHS Choices at: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/mmr-vaccine/
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NHS England advice on Over the Counter Medicine for patients
GPs should no longer prescribe over the counter medicines for 35 minor ailments and short-term self-limiting illnesses, NHS England has said.
Guidance from NHS bosses sets out how CCGs should curb prescriptions of OTC medicines for eight self-limiting conditions and 27 minor ailments (see below for the full list), which NHS England says are suitable for self care. The guidance also covers prescribing of probiotics and vitamins and minerals.
The restrictions do not affect prescribing OTC medicines for longer-term or more complex conditions, or where minor illnesses are symptomatic or a side effect of something more serious, NHS England said. OTC medicines can also be prescribed if a patient's ability to self manage a condition is compromised as a result of medical or mental health issues or ’significant social vulnerability’, the guidance says.
GPs can also continue to prescribe OTC medicines if 'in their clinical judgment, exceptional circumstances exist that warrant deviation from the recommendation to self-care.'
|Conditions covered by the guidance|
- Acute sore throat
- Infequent cold sores of the lip
- Coughs, colds and nasal congestion
- Cradle cap (seborrhoeic dermatitis – infants)
- Infant colic
- Mild cystitis
- Mild irritant dermatitis
- Diarrhoea in adults
- Dry eyes/sore tired eyes
- Excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis)
- Head lice
- Indigestion and heartburn
- Infrequent constipation
- Infrequent migraine
- Insect bites and stings
- Mild acne
- Mild dry skin
- Sunburn due to excessive sun exposure
- Sun protection
- Mild to moderate hayfever/seasonal rhinitis
- Minor burns and scalds
- Minor conditions associated with pain, discomfort and fever
- Mouth ulcers
- Nappy rash
- Oral thrush
- Prevention of dental caries
- Ringworm/athlete's foot
- Teething/mild toothache
- Travel sickness
- Warts and verrucae