Abington Park SurgeryChristchurch Medical CentreArdington RoadNorthampton, NN1 5LTTel: 01604 630396
You are eligible for the flu vaccine this year (2017-18) if you are aged 65 and over on March 31 2018 – that is, you were born on or before March 31 1953. So, if you are currently 64 but will be 65 on March 31 2017, you do qualify.
If you're pregnant, you're advised to have the injectable flu vaccine, regardless of the stage of pregnancy you've reached.
That's because there's strong evidence to suggest pregnant women have an increased risk of developing complications if they get flu.
If you're pregnant, you will benefit from the flu vaccine because:
It's safe to have the flu vaccine at any stage of pregnancy from conception onwards. The vaccine doesn't carry any risks for you or your baby. Talk to your GP or midwife if you are unsure about the vaccination.
The injected flu vaccine is offered free of charge on the NHS to anyone with a serious long-term health condition. That includes these types of illnesses:
This list of conditions isn't definitive. It's always an issue of clinical judgement.
Your GP can assess you individually to take into account the risk of flu exacerbating any underlying illness you may have, as well as your risk of serious illness from flu itself.
The vaccine should always be offered in such cases, even if you are not technically in one of the risk groups above.
If you live with someone who has a weakened immune system, you may also be advised to have a flu vaccine. Speak to your GP or pharmacist about this.
The flu vaccine is recommended for:
Children aged between six months and two years of age who are eligible for the flu vaccine should have the flu jab.
Children eligible for the flu vaccine aged between two and 18 will usually have the flu vaccine nasal spray.
Outbreaks of flu can occur in health and social care settings, and, because flu is so contagious, staff, patients and residents are all at risk of infection.
If you're a front-line health and social care worker, you are eligible for an NHS flu jab to protect yourself, your colleagues and other members of the community.
It is your employer's responsibility to arrange vaccination for you. So, if you are an NHS-employed front-line healthcare worker, the NHS will pay for your vaccination. If you are a social care worker, your employer – for example, your local authority – will pay for vaccination.
In the case of health and social care workers employed by private companies, those companies will arrange and pay for the vaccinations.
If you care for someone who is elderly or disabled, speak to your GP or pharmacist about having a flu jab along with the person you care for.
Please call the surgery on 01604 630396 to make an appointment that is suitable for you.
All patients with asthma are invited to attend an annual review with our nurse. The nurse will review asthma medication, check inhaler technique, assess asthma control and answer any questions raised. The nurse will also discuss ways in which patients can control their symptoms better and will give patients an individual management plan. An annual review helps to ensure patients have optimum asthma control.
All patients with diabetes are invited for reviews annually or more regularly if better control is necessary. The patient books the appointment times on receipt of a reminder letter. Two appointments will be made: one for a blood test and one week later in a nurse lead diabetic clinic for the review.
The letter will state whether the appointment is for a follow-up review or annual review. The receptionist will need this information when the appointment is booked so that the appropriate time can be allocated.
If the appointment is for an annual review, it is requested that the patient bring an early morning urine sample when they attend the clinic. A container can be obtained from the surgery for this. Patients who test and record their own blood sugars should bring their record diaries to the clinic. These will assist in decisions on whether treatment needs to be adjusted.
If it is felt necessary, the nurse may make a further appointment for a review with one of the diabetic team doctors.
These reviews are very important for the patients' continued well being. If you have any queries or concerns about diabetes, contact our nurses.
The Respiratory Clinic is run by specialist nurses and assists your doctor in making the diagnosis of a lung disease and then provides monitoring and education.
The majority of patients seen in the clinic have either asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). We can help you with understanding the disease process and how to use inhalers and other medications. We will give reassurance to those with asthma and provide informative written information.
We aim to assess all patients each year by monitoring:
We use spirometery and peak flow measurement to help diagnose and monitor the disease and the effectiveness of medication.
High blood pressure is the single most important factor in causing future problems with coronary arterial disease (angina, heart attack and heart failure) as well as cerebrovascular disease (stroke and transient ischaemic attacks) and peripheral vascular disease (claudication and gangrene).
Vigorous treatment to control high blood pressure has been shown to reduce the incidence of these diseases. By regular monitoring of blood pressure and risk factors and the adjustment of treatment to maintain acceptable BP levels - patients with hypertension can prevent the developement of those complications.
Obviously their treatment also pays attention to lifestyle modifications, which are equally important - appropriate diet, regular exercise and cessation of smoking. Our clinics provide an annual review with a nurse followed up by a review a GP 6 months later.
We have a specialist clinic which monitors the progress and maximises the treatment of those patients with established heart disease. This includes patients with a diagnosis of coronary arterial disease, heart failure, atrial fibrillation, and angina as well as those with peripheral arterial disease or a history of stroke or transient ischaemic attack (TIA).
Treatment aims of the clinic are to help patients modify their lifestyles to help themselves by improving their diet, stopping smoking, and increasing their regular exercise levels and to introduce medication to control blood pressure, reduce cholesterol, improve heart function, in order to improve the quality and duration of lives.
If you are travelling to somewhere where vaccinations are required, you must complete a questionnaire at the surgery. A separate form must be filled in for each additional traveller. The form(s) must be completed 8-10 weeks before you travel. On receipt of the forms, the travel nurse will assess the information you have provided and you will be contacted to discuss your requirements and when the appointment(s) will be.
Vaccines have to be ordered by the surgery as they are not held in stock. Your second appointment will need to be at least 2 weeks before you travel to allow the vaccines to work. You may need to be referred elsewhere for some types of vaccine. You will be informed whether this is necessary when the surgery contacts you.
Some travel vaccines are ordered on a private prescription and these incur a charge over and above the normal prescription charge. This is because not all travel vaccinations are included in the services provided by the NHS.
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