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SURGERY NEWS

Shingles vaccination eligibility

  • patients aged 70 years (turning 70 on or after 2nd September 2017)
  • patients aged 78 years, on or after their 78th birthday
  • •patients who were eligible for immunisation in the previous programme years but have not yet been vaccinated against shingles. These are: anyone in their 70s born on or after 2/9/1942
  • 79 year olds (until their 80th birthday).
     

Additional Walk-in Flu Clinic for over 65's only

Wednesday 7th November - 11-1 - walk-in service for over 65's in the meeting room at Surbiton Health Centre

We are currently awaiting a delivery of the flu vaccine for over 65's and will not have any further vaccines until November, if you are unable to make the walk-in clinic on 7th November please telephone the practice to arrange an appointment for November.

All patients in the categories below have been contacted if they are eligible and can arrange an appointment with the practice now.

  • Carers (under 65)
  • All patients  under the age of 65 in an ‘at risk group’ – pregnant women, patients with chronic respiratory, heart, kidney, liver and neurological diseases, diabetics and those with low immunity eg those on certain medications or cancer treatments.
  • All children between the ages of 2-4 and those under the age of 18 in an at risk category qualify for the nasal vaccine.
     

Patient Online and Text Messages

We have upgraded our appointments, clinical notes and online services software. Please register on the new online system Patient Access.  As part of this upgrade, all patients will receive an SMS text message when an appointment is pre-booked at least 24 hours prior to your appointment. 

We now have a new SMS text system which allows patients to cancel their appointment by text providing they use the mobile number indicated in the reminder text. If you wish to cancel please do so as soon as you receive the text to ensure we receive the text in time for the appointment to be cancelled.

 

Hepatitis B shortage

There is currently a national shortage of Hepatitis B. Travellers should be aware we have a very limited stock of this vaccine at the current time. This does not affect the Paediatric Hepatitis B programme.

Meningitis B vaccine update

Babies born on or after 1st July 2015 are eligible for a Meningitis B vaccine at 2 months, 4 months and 12 months. There is also a catch up for babies born between 1st May and 30th June 2015 eligible for the vaccine.

Children who were born before 1st May 2015 are not eligible to be vaccinated under the NHS, but have the option to pay for this vaccine in a private practice. Unfortunately due to high demand we have been informed there is currently a shortage of the vaccine in private supply for new patients.

 

Meningitis vaccination (adolescents & young adults)

Recommendations have been produced regarding the highly aggressive strain of meningococcal disease group W. A vaccination programme has commenced for 14-16 year olds at school, however if this has been missed vaccinations can be given at the practice up to the age of 24. First time university students between the ages of 19 on 31st August 2018 up to 24 years on 31 March 2019 are advised to be vaccinated. For more information click here. Appointments for vaccination should be made with the nurse.

 

Measles cases in London

Public Health England have issued a letter to parents advising two doses of MMR should be given at their GP practice with the second dose given one month after the first dose. Under medical guidelines we would like to confirm there is a 3 month gap between the first and second dose for babies under 18 months, and would only be given with a one month gap if clinically indicated e.g. an outbreak at a siblings school.

 

Macmillan Social Prescribing - what is it?

A 2 year pilot had commenced at Surbiton Health Centre. Available for patients with cancer and their carers. Please see the attached article for more information New Macmillan Social Prescribing Cancer Support Service for Langley patients  Patients can self-refer as well as via your GP.

 

Nurse appointments

Early appointments are available from 7.30am on Mondays and Wednesdays and after school appointments on Tuesday and Thursdays with Nurse Kathryn Parkin.

 

Saturdays 

We have one GP available between 8.30-11am strictly by appointment by telephoning reception at 8am on the day. Please note; it is not a walk-in service.  It is only possible to treat one issue and please be aware there is no x-ray, or any other testing facilties available on a Saturday.

 

 

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