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Vaccinations – Influenza, Pneumococcal, Shingles & Whooping Cough during pregnancy
All adults Over 65 years of age, persons greater than 2 years of age with chronic lung or heart disorder, diabetes, chronic liver disease, alcoholism, spinal fluid leaks, cardiomyopathy, chronic bronchitis, emphysema (COPD), spleen dysfunction (sickle cell disease), leukaemia, multiple myeloma, kidney failure, organ transplantation, immunosuppressive conditions including HIV.
If you are eligible to receive this vaccination please book an appointment in our weekend combined flu/pneumococcal/shingles clinc OR ring the appointments line to book a routine appointment with one of the nurses.
There is now a vaccination available to protect you from shingles.
Why is shingles vaccination needed?
Most of us had chickenpox when we were young and some will not be aware that we’ve had it. If we did have it, then the virus that caused it can stay in our bodies for the rest of our lives without our knowing it is there. Sometimes, however, the virus reactivates when we’re older and causes a disease called shingles. So shingles isn’t like other infectious diseases because you don’t catch it from someone else. Shingles can be very painful and tends to affect people more commonly as they get older and the older you are, the worse it can be. For some, the pain can last for many years. There is now a vaccine that can reduce your risk of getting shingles or reduce the severity of its symptoms should you develop the disease.
How do you catch shingles?
You don’t catch shingles - Chickenpox virus caught earlier in your life reactivates later to cause shingles. You can’t catch shingles from someone who has chickenpox, however, if you have shingles blisters, the virus in the fluid can infect someone who has not had chickenpox and they may develop chickenpox.
Where is the vaccination given and will I need one every year? Like most vaccinations, the vaccine will be given in your upper arm. You will only have the vaccination once – unlike the flu jab, you do not need to be re-vaccinated every year.
Are there people who shouldn’t have the vaccination?
People who have weakened immune systems, for example due to cancer treatment, should not have the vaccine. Your doctor will advise whether this applies to you. Also, if you’ve had a severe reaction to any of the substances that go into the vaccine, you shouldn’t have it.
How to I book an appointment for the shingles vaccination?
If you fit the age eligibility criteria, as identified above, phone the surgery or ask one of the receptionists to book you into one of our weekend flu/pneumococcal/shingles clinics to have your shingles vaccination. The receptionists will check your date of birth before booking you into the clinic.
Whooping cough vaccine for pregnant ladies Why should pregnant women have the whooping cough vaccine? Getting vaccinated while you’re pregnant may help to protect your baby from developing whooping cough in his or her first few weeks of life. The immunity you get from the vaccine will pass to your baby through the placenta. Babies are not vaccinated against whooping cough until they are two months old.
Can I have the whooping cough vaccine at the same time as the flu jab? Yes, you can have the whooping cough vaccine when you get the flu vaccine, but do not delay your seasonal flu jab so that you can have both at the same time. Pregnant women are at risk of severe illness from flu at any stage of pregnancy. All pregnant ladies who are between 20 weeks to 38 weeks of pregnancy are being advised to have the Whooping Cough containing vaccine.
How do I get the Whooping Cough containing vaccine?
Please contact the surgery by phone to book an appointment with Christine, Jennie, Eve or Michelle to have this vaccine.
Our practice nurses trained in family planning offer a comprehensive family planning clinic for patients where they will discuss all forms of contraception and try to find the most appropriate one for you.
We also provide emergency contraception. Since this is best given as soon as possible after you have put yourself at risk, please explain to the receptionist what you need the appointment for, and we will try and see you quickly.
Sexual Health services in Barnet are run by CNWL - please see below for information:
Travel Clinic appointments are not available at Longrove for Travel advice and non NHS vaccination. We do however offer immunisation for Diphtheria Tetanus Polio and Pertussis, Typhoid and Hepatitis A under the GMS contract.
It is then the patients’ responsibility to contact the surgery if they need NHS vaccines. Other information regarding other immunisations travel schedules malaria risk etc must now be obtained from private travel clinics.
Private travel clinics can be found locally (Barnet Travel clinic/Brand Russell Pharmacy) or nationally by checking telephone directories or the World Wide Web
There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below
Travelling in Europe
If you are travelling to Europe the EU has published useful information for travellers on the European website.
Prior to booking antenatal clinic (BGH) 020 8216 5137/5138
Following booking by community midwife contact detail s will be given
Based at Barnet General Hospital (BGH), midwives will provide shared care with the GPs before and after delivery. Once pregnancy has been confirmed by the GP, and so referral made to the antenatal clinic at BGH, an appointment for dating ultrasound scan (normally 12 - 14 weeks) will be sent.
This is followed by an appointment with Team 6 midwives at approximately 14 - 16 weeks, including full antenatal check, information giving, etc. Subsequent care will be provided in accordance with the recommended NICE guidelines. www.nice.org.uk
Some women will have shared care with the consultant team at BGH, others will have midwife-led care provided at the GP surgery, depending on medical and obstetric history.
Antenatal clinics are held every Monday afternoon at the GP surgery.
Following the birth of your baby and discharge home from hospital, home visits will be provided by Team 6 midwives on a needs basis, normally 10 - 14 days, when your care will be handed over to the health visitor.
Information about Meningitis B vaccinations for babies
A comprehensive Immunisation programme is given via appointments with the practice nurse. Developmental surveillance is provided for the under fives and postnatal and six week checks by appointment with the doctor.
The health visitors are based at the Vale Drive Clinic - Tel: 020 8447 3500 where your baby can be weighed.
Patients over 40 are recommended to have their blood pressure checked every 3 years and the Health Care Assistant can do this for you or you can check this yourself in the new self-monitoring blood pressure machine sited in the waiting room. Two readings should be taken as often the second one is lower.
If you are found to have high blood pressure you will be asked to attend monthly over the next few months to see whether or not it settles as some people are nervous and the reading can be falsely high. If you drink excess alcohol, are overweight, add too much salt in your diet, take little exercise and smoke, you will be advised to rectify these factors as the blood pressure should then fall and medication may not be needed.
If your blood pressure is found to be consistently high you will be asked to have an ECG, chest X-ray, Urine and Blood tests to see whether the high blood pressure has caused or been caused by heart or kidney problems, and then you will be asked to see the doctor for review and given medication.
Once settled on regular medication for Hypertension (blood pressure), you will normally be reviewed by the nurse every six months with repeat blood and urine tests annually. The ECG and chest X-ray is repeated every five years.
It is important to have blood pressure under control as high blood pressure can cause strokes.
Whether you have recently been diagnosed, or have lived with diabetes for some time, we are here to help you develop an understanding of diabetes and gain control of your disease. Our aim is to improve your health and minimise complications of diabetes.
Patients who have recently been diagnosed with diabetes will need to see the Diabetic nurse a few times in the first few months. During this time patients and carers will be given support, information and advice about managing diabetes. This will involve some blood tests being done at the surgery.
Patients will be given the opportunity to see a dietician for initial dietary advice, since this is the single most important part of achieving good control of diabetes. The practice nurse can give additional dietary advice.
We would like to see you once a year for a full review but will see you more often if it is needed.
If you are due an asthma review then please book a Respiratory Clinic appointment with our respiratory nurse. She will ask you about how you use your inhalers, and will do a Peak Flow test to see how well your lungs are working.
If any changes are needed to be made it will be explained to you, and a management plan for your asthma will be discussed.
If you have asthma and take regular inhalers you will be invited to have a flu immunisation every year and a one off pneumonia vaccination.
If you have been told you have COPD then you should ideally be seen at least once a year at the surgery for an annual review of your symptoms and inhalers. You will also be invited to have a flu immunisation every year and a one off pneumonia vaccination.
If you are due a COPD review then please book a respiratory appointment with our respiratory nurse. She will ask you about how you use your inhalers, and will do a test called spirometry to see how well your lungs are working.
If any changes are needed to be made it will be explained to you, and a management plan for your COPD will be discussed.
In order to prevent cancer of the cervix it is recommended that all sexually active women start having smears at the age of 25 and then every three years until the age of 50 and then every five years until the age of 65.
There is a robust system of invitation and recall as well as provision of results by the local Cervical Screening Programme. Women will be sent an invitation to have a cervical smear when they are due or overdue a smear.
When you receive this invitation from the Cervical Screening Programme it is important that you make an appointment for a cervical smear. It is best to book you appointment for a time when you are not bleeding so not too close to the start or end of your period.
Please make an appointment on the appointments line and bring a urine sample with you. If the timing of our clinics are inconvenient for you, smears can also be taken at any local family planning clinic.
If you change your address it is important that you let your doctor know the new address as soon as possible.
The result of your cervical smear will take approximately 4 weeks to be available. The result will be posted directly to you at your home address from the Cervical Screening Programme.
If you receive an abnormal result you will additionally be given an appointment at the local Colposcopy Clinic for treatment.
If your smear is normal, then you will be automatically invited to have another smear in 3 -5 years, depending on your age group.
For more information visit www.cancerscreening.nhs.uk
Some services provided are not covered under our contract with the NHS and therefore attract charges. Examples include the following:
The fees charged are based on the British Medical Association (BMA) suggested scales and our reception staff will be happy to advise you about them along with appointment availability.
Further information is available here
Non NHS Fees
For free support to stop smoking please visit https://www.nhs.uk/smokefree
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