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SEASONAL INFLUENZA VACCINATION CLINIC - 2019/2020

UPDATE: The Public Health Agency has advised that there is a delay in supplying the children's nasal influenza vaccines, so the practice will have a restricted supply. We will keep parents informed when more children's nasal vaccines become available.

We would like to thank all patients that attended our seasonal influenza vaccination clinic in Clough Surgery on Tuesday 15 October 2019 for their patience and understanding as we had a high turnout.

If you do not wish to avail of the seasonal influenza vaccination, please let us know so we can update your medical records.

SHINGLES VACCINATION PROGRAMME - 2019/2020

Shingles vaccines will be available from September/October 2019 for eligible patients born between 2 September 1948 and 1 September 1949.

If you were born between 2 September 1940 and 1 September 1941 and have not already received the shingles vaccine you are also eligible to receive it.

Please contact the Surgery to arrange an appointment with the Nurse to get your Shingles Vaccine.

PIP's LETTERS

Unfortunately, due to increasing workload in general practice, GPs will no longer be able to provide supporting letters for PIPs.

PROTECTION FROM MENINGITIS AND SEPTICAEMIA

As part of the NHS vaccine programme, patients born between 2 July 1996 and 1 July 2001 who have not already received the Men ACWY vaccine, will be eligible to request the vaccine up until the age of 25 years. First time university students up to the age of 25 are also eligible.

This meningococcal ACWY vaccine protects against meningitis (inflammation of the brain) and septicaemia (blood poisoning) caused by meningococcal groups A, C, W and Y.

The number of cases of meningococcal W disease continues to increase year on year so it is vital that young people are offered protection.

GROWING DEMAND FOR APPOINTMENTS

Due to our growing list size we are having a significant increase in demand for GP appointments. There is a province wide shortage of GPs and over the next few months you may need to wait longer for routine appointments. We are actively trying to recruit additional GPs to join our Primary Care Team.

NEW ADVICE ON VITAMIN D INTAKE - see further information section for more details

COUNTERSIGNING PASSPORT AND DRIVING LICENCE APPLICATIONS AND PHOTOGRAPHS

The Doctors at Dundrum and Clough Surgery are no longer able to countersign passport and driving licence applications and photographs. Please refer to the recognised professions on the passport website - www.gov.uk/countersigning-passport-applications and DVLA website - www.nidirect.gov.uk for further information.

NON NHS SERVICES

Most of the Practice's clinical and non-clinical services are provided without cost under the NHS.  However, there are some items, for which we charge, as they are not provided under the NHS.  Please click on the clinic and services tab above for a detailed list of non NHS fees from 1 April 2017. 

ANTIBIOTIC PRESCRIBING - see further information section for more details

BLOOD PRESSURE MONITORING

A blood pressure monitoring system is now available to use in a private side room in Clough Surgery. Please feel free to take your own blood pressure whenever you wish, hand the blood pressure reading print out to the receptionist along with the completed form so that your medical records can be updated. At times, a GP or Nurse may ask you to do this.

NEW PATIENTS

We welcome new patients. However, from 5 April 2016, we are only able to accept new patients who reside within our Practice Area as approved by HSCB. (see our Practice Area map under New Patients)

REPEAT PRESCRIPTIONS ONLINE

Did you know that you can order your repeat prescriptions online?  Call into Dundrum or Clough Surgery for personalised login details and then follow the links on the website.

WHOOPING COUGH VACCINATIONS

Whooping cough vaccinations are advised for pregnant women who are 16 weeks and over. This is to prevent whooping cough in newborn babies. If the surgery has not yet contacted you, please phone to arrange this vaccination. It is safe to have the flu and the whooping cough vaccinations together.  The flu vaccinations can be given at any stage in pregnancy.

Have you used the FREE Minor Ailments Scheme? For further information click on the link under further information.

Please see our Self Care section under our further information.

Vitamin D intake

The Department of Health has updated advice on how much vitamin D the public need.

For infants from birth up to 1 year of age:

~ if either exclusively or partially breastfed - a daily supplement of 8.5-10 micrograms of vitamin D is recommended

~ infants fed with infant formula should not be given a vitamin D supplement unless they are receiving less than 500mls of formula a day as formula is fortified with vitamin D and no other supplementation is required

Children aged 1 to 4 years:

~ a daily supplement of 10 micrograms of vitamin D is recommended

People aged 5 years and above

~ between late March/early April and September - the majority of people 5 years and above will probably obtain sufficient vitamin D from sunlight alongside foods that naturally contain or are fortified with vitamin D. They might choose not to take a vitamin D supplement.

~ from October to March - a daily supplement of 10 micrograms of vitamin D should be considered for everyone over 5 years, including pregnant or breastfeeding women

~ some groups of people with very little or no sunshine exposure may choose to take a daily supplement of 10 micrograms of vitamin D throughout the year

How to obtain vitamin D

~ some children aged up to 4 years and pregnant women will be entitled to free Healthy Start Vitamins

~ all other people are advised to purchase a vitamin D supplement from their local community pharmacy, supermarket or other retail outlet. Vitamin D is not available on prescription.

 



 
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