It’s time to think about getting a flu vaccination.
This winter could see a very high number of flu cases in the country.
Australia is currently in the grip of its worst flu outbreak on record and the global circulation of the virus means that episodes in the Antipodes are indicators of the likelihood of outbreaks in Europe later in the year.
For many people a bout of flu will result in symptoms such as headaches, aches, pains and tiredness.
However for people in “at-risk” groups flu can have serious consequences, leading to existing health conditions getting worse or the development of an illness such as bronchitis or pneumonia. For example, if you have asthma the symptoms may become more severe if you catch flu. For people with diabetes flu can potentially cause high blood sugar levels. Pregnant women should know that a bout of the flu could leave their child with a life-long health condition.
That’s why it is so important that people in these “at-risk” groups arrange to have a flu vaccination.
You are eligible for a free flu vaccination from your GP practice if you:
If you know someone in one of these categories please remind them of the importance of protecting their health this winter.
Please speak to a member of Staff if you would like any further information or to book an appointment.
MB. BS. MRCGP. Qualified St. Georges 1989
Dr Herman has a special interest in minor surgery.
MB. CHB.MRCGP. Qualified Unv. of Leicester 1995
Dr Tanna also has a special interest in minor surgery together with ear, nose and throat problems.
BSc. MB. BS. DRCOG. DFFP. Qualified Unv. of London 1994
Dr Evans has a special interest in family planning and female health issues.
MA. MB. BChir Qualified Cambridge 1983
Nurse practitioners have undertaken further study at degree/masters level and are able to see patients for diagnosis, treatment and referral to GPs or secondary care as indicated.
Appointments with the practice nurses may be booked for dressings, routine and travel vaccinations, ear syringing, coronary heart disease, chronic lung disease and smoking cessation, asthma checks, minor injuries, cervical smears, family planning and well person checks. They also run specialist clinics for diabetes. The nurses hold clinics at both surgeries every day.
Healthcare assistants support practice nurses with their daily work and carry out tasks such as phlebotomy (drawing blood), blood pressure measurement and new patient checks. They may act as a chaperone when a patient or doctor requests one.
Receptionists provide an important link for patients with the practice and are your initial contact point for general enquiries. They can provide basic information on services and results and direct you to the right person depending on your health issue or query.
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