It would appear the NHS have sent out letters to all children under 5 advising them to book a MMR vaccination as part of a catch up campaign due to an increase in measles cases. If you know your child is up to date with their vaccinations there is no need to contact the practice. We have already contacted parents or guardians of a child under 5 who has not had a MMR or MMR booster and is overdue. Any parents who do not have a voicemail facility we will either write by email or letter directly so you are aware your child is not up to date. If you have not heard from the practice directly regarding the MMR you can ignore the NHS letter.
Dr Sabira Somani will be on maternity leave from w/c 12th February 2024. Dr Amandeep Purba will be covering her sessions Wednesday to Friday.
Arthritis Action has a great range of resources to help manage the pain and associated symptoms with confidence. These include exercises, recipes, videos, fact sheets, podcasts, online groups and much more.
Arthritis impacts people of all ages, not just the older population. To assist with raising awareness of this, the young adult hub for 18-40s has recently been launched Arthritis Website for Young Adults/
We have now completed our covid clinics at the practice. Flu vaccinations will continue to be offered while stocks last. Please see the flu section in our surgery news September section for eligibility and contact the surgery if you wish to have a flu vaccine.
Children's Cancer Services
NHS England has launched a public consultation into the future location of children’s cancer services for children who live in south London and large parts of the south east of England.
St George’s has provided children’s cancer services in partnership with The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust for more than 25 years and is one of the two options for the future location of children’s cancer services. The other is the Evelina London Children’s Hospital.
St George's have requested our patients share their views in the consultation, more information below:
- If you have a change in your breast which is not normal for you, do not wait for your breast screening mammogram. Make an appointment with your GP.
- If you are outside the screening age of 50-71 and are experiencing symptoms, such as a lump, pain, or discharge from the nipple, contact your GP.
Creative Skills and Wellbeing courses
Wellbeing for Families a nd Practical Ideas for Happier Living, courses available in and around the borough
From 1st October, the NHS has updated a diagnosis or ruling out of cancer to within 28 days of referral.
Shingles vaccination eligibility is changing from 1st September, 65, 70 year olds and immunosuppressed patients age 50+ will become eligible if your birthday falls after 31st August 2023.
Flu & Covid vaccinations
Children age 2 and 3 years olds will be invited by text to self-book in to our diary.
Patient eligible for vaccines at Langley Medical Practice:
- 65 and over - Flu and Covid vaccines
- 6 months to 16 years in a clinical risk* group - Flu only
- 16 years to 64 years in a clinical risk* group - Flu and Covid vaccines
- Frontline & Social Care health workers - Flu (where no occupational health scheme available) + Covid vaccines
- Carers - over 16 - Flu and Covid vaccines
- Pregnant women - Flu and Covid vaccines
*Clinical risk group under 65 for Flu and Covid vaccines, Chronic conditions include: Kidney, heart, respiratory, liver, neurological (not stroke/TIA), Diabetics, immunosuppressed, Asplenic patients.
The community nurse team are contacting our housebound patients currently to arrange a visit for a covid and flu vaccination.
Autumn events in Kingston
There are so many opportunities for residents in Kingston to get involved in activities, join a group or learn something new, all good for our overall health and wellbeing.
A reminder to our patients about the Connected Kingston website. There are so many links to either free or paid activities and courses. An example is a course available to Learn English at Home for Adults where English is not their first language.
Another is the Bereavement Journey, there is a course starting on 19th September in St Matthews Church in Surbiton.
International Older People’s Day on 1st October is a celebration of later life.
Ageing Well Events at Staywell, Bradbury Centre, Emmanuel Church, Tolworth Recreation Centre, and local libraries during October. See attached information on dates, times and locations:
Five to Thrive Campaign
Part of the Ageing Well campaign asks patients over 50 to take on five challenges for better health and wellbeing.
Measles cases on the rise in England and across the whole of Europe. Make sure you and your family are protected against becoming seriously unwell with measles by checking you are up to date with the MMR vaccine.
Across England, on average one in ten children are not up to date with their MMR vaccinations, with some areas of the country as low as two in five, putting thousands of children at risk of catching measles and the disease spreading in unvaccinated communities.
Just two doses of the MMR vaccine gives you and your family lifelong protection against catching measles. The first vaccine is given at age one year an the second at age 3 years and 4 months old. If you’ve missed any doses it’s not too late to catch up. Contact Langley Medical Practice to book an appointment to get up to date.
If you are unsure if you or your child are up to date check your childs red book or GP records and make an appointment to catch up any missed doses.
For more information please visit the NHS vaccination schedule
Diabetes - Freestyle Libre issue
We have been made aware patients who have been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes and use a Continuous Glucose monitor (CGM) via the Abbott FreeStyle LibreLink app have reported it is not working. Contact Apple's customer service line and the advice is "Customers experiencing issues with the iOS app should uninstall and reinstall the app". The Android version is not affected.
Further advice is provided on the Abbott website (link below), with a video clip showing how to delete and reinstall the app. If customers are still experiencing problems, they can contact the Customer Services team on 0800 170 1177.
Patients should also be advised that if they are still having problems with the app or if the readings do not seem appropriate, they should revert to the finger prick test for checking blood sugar levels.
We are pleased to welcome Ruth Perez Martinez, an advanced nurse practitioner. She works alongside the GPs. She can prescribe, diagnose medical conditions, make treatment decisions and order necessary investigations, refer to secondary care and sign fit notes.
She previously worked at the Royal Marsden and Imperial College Hospitals.
Kingston Hospital's new portal
The hospital have launched a new app for patient's to see their hospital record and view upcoming appointments.
Created by local experts in child health, Healthier Together is a new NHS website in south west London which provides pregnant people, parents and carers of children aged 0-18 years with information on common childhood illnesses. The website also includes advice on what to do and signposts to where to seek appropriate care, including information on local services.
The website has been designed to help reduce unnecessary attendances of young children to A&E and relieve pressures, particularly over winter.
Guidance on Fit notes also referred to as a sick note, med cert, med 3 or doctor’s note can be found on the link below. Fit notes have been issued electronically since April 2022. From July the guidance states other healthcare professionals can issue Fit notes. Currently our GPs issues Fit notes and our First Contact Physio can now issue a fit note.
Friends and Family Test (FFT)
A short patient survey has been issued to patients from reception and via our website since 2014. The results are given monthly to the NHS and published as part of our contract. This was paused during 2020 and 2021 due to Covid-19 and from 1st July 2022 has been re-introduced. There is an option to submit the answer to the question about your experience of the service via this website (under Patient Survey), and we are introducing the option to reply by text or you can complete a form at reception.