Influenza, or 'flu', is a highly contagious Acute viral infection that affects people of all ages. It typically starts suddenly with fever, chills, headache, aching muscles, general prostration and a cough or other respiratory symptoms. While most people recover without complications in 1-2 weeks, flu can cause serious illness and death, especially in the very young and the elderly. Flu epidemics occur mainly in the winter months and can result in widespread disruption to healthcare and other services. A vaccine is produced every year based on the strains of virus expected to be circulating and is recommended for "at risk" groups.
If you are 65 years and over or are under 65 years and included in an 'at risk' health group could you please telephone the practice to make an appointment. Each year around September we will publish details of the flu clinic dates and times on the practice website and in the waiting room.
If you are aged 65 and over or in an 'at risk’ health group and DO NOT wish to be offered a flu vaccine this year, please complete the online form. On receipt we will annotate your records accordingly.
The Streptococcus pneumonia bacterium can cause serious and life-threatening infections in those affected, regardless of age. It is commonest in the over 65s. This is a one-off jab and usually provides lifelong immunity (those without a spleen or suffering from Nephrotic Syndrome should have the jab every five years). If you are over 65 and would like a vaccination please call the Health Centre to arrange an appointment with a Practice Nurse.
Anticoagulation and Near-patient Testing
We offer regular testing for patients taking anticoagulation drugs and for whom the hospital has prescribed specialised drugs. You will be advised when you need to attend for a blood test.
We hold dedicated anticoagulation clinics each Monday afternoon from 14.30 to 17.00. We also offer other routine blood testing each morning from 08.00 to 11.30.