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Bradford on Avon Health Centre and Winsley Health Centre will be unreachable by telephone on the day of Wednesday 23rd August 2017 between 10:00 and 14.00.

 

The affected sites are having a new telephone system installed meaning that there will be extensive engineering works on the telephone lines and telephone system on this day.

 

In case of emergency or for urgent matters we can be contacted on 01225 860811 and 01225 860812 on Wednesday 23rd August 2017 between 10:00 and 14:00.

 


***ONLINE BOOKING FOR DOCTORS TELEPHONE CONSULTATIONS ARE NOW AVAILABLE***
When booking your telephone consultation with the Doctor state the telephone number you request to be called on and the reason for the call.   Please note the time may vary due to unforeseen circumstances, but the Doctors will do their up most to call you within an hour of your booking.

 

                                      

Winter Flu Campaign 2017

All about flu and how to stop getting it

NHS Public Health England - Who should have it and why leaflet please click here

Please click here to download the 2017 Practice Information leaflet 

Easy read version for people with learning disabilities  click here

What is flu?

Influenza or flu is a viral infection that usually strikes between December and March. It can affect people of all ages.

The first signs are a headache, sore throat and a runny nose, aching muscles, fever and shivering. Flu makes you feel completely exhausted and this extreme fatigue may last for two to three weeks.

You can catch flu by inhaling the virus or by handling items touched by an infected person. The symptoms start to develop one to four days later.

 

Why should I be concerned about flu?

Most people who get the flu recover after a week or two, but some develop life-threatening complications such as pneumonia, nerve or brain damage. You are more likely to be at risk from the complications of flu if you are in one of the 'at risk' groups and your body is already weakened.

 

How do I avoid getting flu?

The best way to avoid getting flu is to have a flu jab during the Autumn - usually between October and November - each year. The Flu vaccination is free of charge for people in the 'at risk' groups. 

You need to have a jab each year to maintain your immunity, as the flu virus is always changing. The jab will not stop you getting coughs and colds, but can protect you against the latest strains of flu.

You may have a temporary slight soreness at the injection site. A few people get a slight fever, but this is short-lived.

As the vaccine is made in chickens’ eggs, you should not have a flu jab if you are allergic to eggs, chicken protein or if you have had a previous allergic reaction to a flu jab. A Flu vaccination does not cause flu.

 

Flu vaccination is especially important if:

You are aged 65 or older - Death from influenza is most common in the over 65s - you are more likely to have severe flu and be admitted to hospital than younger patients.

 

You have had a stroke or TIA (mini stroke) - There is evidence that receiving the annual flu vaccine reduces the risk of a stroke in patients with a history of stroke or TIA.

 

You have reduced immunity - If you are receiving chemotherapy or steroid treatment; have no spleen; or if you have HIV/AIDS, your immune system is already considerably weakened. Flu will further reduce your capacity to fight infection.

 

You are the main Carer for an elderly or disabled person - You should receive the flu vaccine if their welfare is at risk if you fall ill.

 

You have diabetes - The death rate among people with diabetes can increase by between 5% and 15% when there is a lot of flu about.

 

You have chronic heart disease - People with flu may experience changes or abnormalities in the rhythm of their heartbeat, which indicates there is a problem with the heart muscles. Studies have indicated that people with heart disease are less likely to have a heart attack if they have a flu jab.

 

You have chronic kidney disease - Flu can cause dehydration which can worsen your kidney problems.

 

You have chronic liver disease - You may be more susceptible to catching flu and more likely to develop complications or worsening of your liver disease.

 

You have chronic lung disease - Flu can bring on asthma attacks and will make chronic bronchitis much worse. If you get flu, a secondary infection like pneumonia can set in. If you go on to develop pneumonia, the risk of developing further complications would be higher.

 

If you fall into any of these 'at risk' categories, please contact the Surgery to make an appointment for a Flu Vaccination.   

 

Why should my child have the flu vaccine?

Flu can be a very unpleasant illness in children causing fever, stuffy nose, dry cough, sore throat, aching muscles and joints, and extreme tiredness. This can last several days or more.

Some children can get a very high fever, sometimes without the usual flu symptoms, and may need to go to hospital for treatment. Serious complications of flu include a painful ear infection, acute bronchitis, and pneumonia.

For more information please click here

02.08.17 


Shingles Vaccination 2017

What is shingles?

Shingles (also known as herpes zoster) is caused by the reactivation of an infection of a nerve and the area of skin that it serves, resulting in clusters of painful, itchy, fluid-filled blisters. These blisters can burst and turn into sores that eventually crust over and heal. These blisters usually affect an area on one side of the body, most commonly the chest but sometimes also the head, face and eye.

Who will get the vaccine?

All people who turn 70 or 78 years of age on or after 1 April 2017 are eligible for the vaccine.

The vaccine is also available for those previously eligible but who missed immunisation. For example, anyone in their 70s who was born after 1 September 1942 and has not yet had the vaccine plus anyone aged 79 years who has missed out on the vaccine.

What about people who aren’t 70 or 78, will they be getting it?

People under 70 years of age are at lower risk of shingles but will become eligible for the vaccine in the year following their seventieth birthday.

People aged 80 years and over are not eligible for the shingles vaccination because the vaccine becomes less effective as people get older. If you are worried about shingles speak to your GP.

You can have the shingles vaccination at any time of year, though many people will find it convenient to have it at the same time as their annual flu vaccination.

 

For more information please click here

02.08.17

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Pneumococcal Vaccinations

The pneumococcal vaccine protects against serious and potentially fatal pneumococcal infections. It's also known as the "pneumo jab" or pneumonia vaccine.

Pneumococcal infections are caused by the bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae and can lead to pneumonia, septicaemia (a kind of blood poisoning) and meningitis. At their worst, they can cause permanent brain damage, or even kill.

Who should have the pneumococcal vaccine?

A pneumococcal infection can affect anyone. However, some people are at higher risk of serious illness and can be given the pneumococcal vaccination on the NHS. These include:

  • babies 
  • adults aged 65 or over
  • children and adults with certain long-term health conditions, such as a serious heart or kidney condition

How often is the pneumococcal vaccine given?

Babies receive the pneumococcal vaccine as three separate injections, at 8 weeks, 16 weeks and one year old.

People over 65 only need a single pneumococcal vaccination, which will protect for life. It is not given annually like the flu jab.

People with a long-term health condition may need just a single one-off pneumococcal vaccination or five-yearly vaccination, depending on their underlying health problem.

For more information please click here

03.08.17


 

Flu Vaccinations 2016 

Flu vaccinations  

Flu vaccinations

You are eligible for a free vaccine if you:

  • Are 65 years of age or older
  • Are pregnant, regardless of the stage of pregnancy you've reached
  • Care for elderly or disabled
  • Are severely overweight with a Body Mass Index (BMI) over 40 
  • Live in a long-stay care facility
  • Are a health or social care worker
  • Underlining medication condition
  • Healthy children aged two, three and four

BOAHC Telephone: 01225 866611

 

St. Damian's Clinic Telephone: 01225 898490

Winsley Practice Telephone: 01225 860003

31.10.16


Stop the Flu Infecting You!

Protect yourself this winter Flu Team

Flu Team

  

 

BOAHC Telephone: 01225 866611

 

St. Damian's Clinic Telephone: 01225 898490

Winsley Practice Telephone: 01225 860003

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Flu Vaccination 2015

When you telephone for an appointment please be aware the Receptionist will check your eligibility to have a flu vaccination based on the ‘at risk’ criteria.

Therefore you will be asked by the Receptionist if you know which ‘at risk’ area you fall into and if not, may need to check your medical record.

 

If you or the Receptionist are unsure of your eligibility a flu vaccination appointment will still be made for you but your name and telephone number will be passed to a Nurse who will check your eligibility.

 

If you are unfortunately not eligible, your appointment will be cancelled and we will telephone you, within a week, to inform you of this. 

Practice Information leaflet

Please click here to download the 2015 BOA information leaflet or click here to download the 2015 St. Damian's leaflet which will answer the following questions:

  • I had an NHS Free flu jab in 2014, can I have it again this year?
  • How do I know if I am at risk?
  • I am not eligible for a free flu vaccination but would still like one, what can I do?
  • When can I make an appointment?
  • Who needs a Pneumonia injection?
  • Who can have the Shingles vaccination?

To read the national flu leaflet 'The Flu Vaccination Winter 2015/16 - Who should have it and why?' - click here 

Child Flu Vaccination

In the autumn/winter of 2015/16 the annual nasal spray flu vaccine will be available for children aged two, three and four years old plus children in school years one and two as part of the NHS childhood vaccination programme.

The vaccine will be offered routinely to all children aged two, three and four on August 31 2015. That is, children with a date of birth on or after September 1 2010 and on or before August 31 2013.

In addition, children in school years one and two will be offered flu vaccination.

For more information please click here to read 'Protecting your Child against flu' & learning disability flu leaflet click here

The nasal spray flu vaccine

The flu vaccine for children is given as a single dose of nasal spray squirted up each nostril. Not only is it needle-free (a big advantage for children), the nasal spray works even better than the injected flu vaccine.

It’s quick and painless and will mean your child is less likely to become ill if they come into contact with the flu virus.

The nasal spray flu vaccine is also for children aged two to 17 who are "at risk" from flu, such as children with long-term health conditions. Some of these children will be offered two doses of the vaccine.

The injectable flu vaccine will continue to be offered to those aged 65 and over, pregnant women, carers and adults and babies (aged six months to two years) with a long-term medical condition.

For more information click here to read 'Flu & pregnancy'

Shingles Vaccination

Anyone aged 70 can have the shingles vaccine on the NHS. You become eligible for the vaccine from the first day of September after your 70th birthday for the following year.

From September 1 2015, the shingles vaccine will be offered routinely to people aged 70 and, as a catch up, to those aged 78. You become eligible for the vaccine on the first day of September 2015 after you've turned 70 or 78 and remain so until the last day of August 2016.

 In addition, anyone who was eligible for immunisation in the first two years of the programme but has not yet been vaccinated against shingles remains eligible until their 80th birthday. This includes:

  • people aged 71 and 72 on 1 September 2015
  • people aged 79

Anyone aged 80 and over is unsuitable to have the shingles vaccination on the NHS because it seems to be less effective in this age group.

You can have the shingles vaccination at any time of year, though many people will find it convenient to have it at the same time as their annual flu vaccination.

 
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