The aim of this is to protect those who are at risk of complications should they develop influenza. Immunisation of fit children and adults is NOT recommended as a routine. Immunisation is strongly recommended for individuals with any of the following:
- Chronic respiratory disease including asthma, bronchitis and emphysema
- Chronic heart disease
- Chronic renal disease
- Diabetes and other endocrine disorders
- Elderly people.
Flu vaccine normally becomes available in late September/October and if you are in any of the above groups, please contact reception to make an appointment at one of our clinics. If you are unable to attend the surgery, a home visit will be arranged to undertake this facility.
Children's vaccinations take place every week (by appointment). These are important for childrens health so please ensure they attend the surgery.
Baby Clinic/hearing test/development assessments are run by the Health Visitors by appointment.
Child Health Surveillance Clinics
Children up to 4 years can be registered with the practice to have health checks at 6-8 weeks, 8-10 months and three and a half years.
Non NHS Examinations
Medical examinations for special purposes such as pre-employment, fitness to travel, elderly drivers, fitness to undertake sports, etc. will be provided by special appointment only. There will be a charge for this service. Please ask receptionist for fee details prior to booking appointment.
Smoking is expensive and, as well as losing money, you may lose your health or life much earlier than necessary. It is the major cause of lung cancer and very important in causing heart attacks, circulation problems, strokes and stomach ulcers. Help with smoking cessation can be provided on request.
Exercise helps protect against heart disease, reduce weight and makes you feel better. If you are unsure whether you are fit enough to do the recommended 20 minutes, 3 times a week brisk exercise, please ask your doctor or nurse for guidance.
Being moderately overweight increases the risk of heart disease. The practice nurse or one of the local slimming clubs can help you. A high level of cholesterol in your blood can make you more prone to heart disease this can be measured and advice given.
The Government Health Advisors recommend that men do not exceed 21 and women 14 units of alcohol each week. A unit is a single spirit, a glass of wine or half a pint of beer.
High blood pressure can in the long term increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Reducing blood pressure can reduce these risks. Treatment does not always require tablets. Patients over 45 are advised to have their blood pressure checked every five years. If you have not had yours checked recently, please ask the nurse or doctor.