IMPORTANT PATIENT INFORMATION
As of the 25th May 2018 the UK data privacy law changes. The General Data Protection Regulations, known as GDPR, is a really positive step towards having more control over how your data is used and how you are contacted. If we already have a mobile number recorded for you we will have previously verbally asked for your consent to receive SMS messages from the surgery. We now require you to inform us if you no longer wish for us to contact you via text messages. Please inform reception so this can be recorded on your health records. Until you notify us your existing verbally recorded preference will remain on your GP health record.
If you agree to sign up to receive SMS messaging, please be aware this will be our first line of contact to you and will be used for appointment confirmations, appointment reminders, general practice updates and any reminders you are due. Please note, if you change your number, it is your responsibility to inform reception. (If you fail to do so, messages will automatically be sent to the number you have provided).
Health Protection Awards for 2017/18
Dr Patel & staff attended the above awards and received recognition for ‘Highest Achieving Practice in Pregnant Women’ & ‘Highest Achieving Practice in the Children’s Nasal Flu’ (across all age groups)
Diabetes Prevention Week - Please click here to find out more.
St Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre, Manchester
St Mary's Centre has a team of experts with knowledge and experience in advising, supporting and treating anyone who has been raped or sexually assaulted.
Details can be found by logging into the website: www.stmaryscentre.org/
Stockport Health & Care Finder App
This free app is a very handy directory of local NHS services within Stockport. Available on Apple and Android Devices now. Click here for more details
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CAMHS has rebranded to Healthy Young Minds
Our mental health services for children and young people have a new name and a brand new look! Healthy Young Minds will still provide the same supportive services across Bury, Oldham, Heywood, Middleton, Rochdale, Tameside, Glossop, Stockport, Trafford and in our inpatient units, Hope and Horizon. Come and visit the new site for information and resources for young people, families and professionals.
Please visit our new website http://healthyyoungmindspennine.nhs.uk
Stockport Healthy Minds: www.penninecare.nhs.uk/healthyminds you can self refer on line
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Flu Vaccination important information below:
Should I get the Flu Vaccination?
For most people, flu is unpleasant but not serious. You will usually recover within a week.
However, certain people are at greater risk of developing serious complications of flu, such as bronchitis and pneumonia. These conditions may require hospital treatment.
The flu vaccine is offered free to people who are at risk, to protect them from catching flu and developing serious complications.
It is recommended that you have a flu jab if you fall into one or more of the following categories:
- are 65 years old or over
- are pregnant (including those becoming age 65 years by 31 March 2015)
- all pregnant women (including those women who become pregnant during the flu season)
- all those aged two, three, and four years old (but not five years or older) on 1 September 2014
- all school-aged children who are part of the pilot childhood programme
- have a serious medical condition (see below)
- are living in a long-stay residential care home or other long-stay care facility (not including prisons, young offender institutions or university halls of residence)
- people who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or those who are the main carer of an older or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill
- are a frontline health or social care worker (see below)
If you are the parent of a child who is over six months old and has a long-term condition on the list below, speak to your GP about the flu vaccine. Your child's condition may get worse if they catch flu.
It is recommended that all pregnant women should have the flu vaccine, whatever stage of pregnancy they're in.
This is because there is good evidence that pregnant women have an increased risk of developing complications if they get flu, particularly from the H1N1 strain.
Studies have shown that the flu vaccine can be safely and effectively given during any trimester of pregnancy. The vaccine does not carry risks for either the mother or baby. In fact, studies have shown that mothers who have had the vaccine while pregnant pass some protection to their babies, which lasts for the first few months of their lives.
People with medical conditions
The flu vaccine is offered free to anyone who is over six months of age and has one of the following medical conditions:
If you live with someone who has a weakened immune system, you may also be able to have a flu vaccine. Speak
Is this year's vaccine safe?
Although no medical procedure is totally free of risk, flu vaccines are generally very safe. The most common reaction to the jab is a sore arm, or you may feel hot for a day or two after the vaccination.
This year’s flu jabs have been tested and approved for use across the UK and in Europe. The jab cannot give you flu because it doesn't contain any active viruses.
The Department of Health recommends that everyone who is eligible for a flu jab should have it as soon as the vaccine is available.
If you are in an at-risk group and do not have the jab, you will have a greater risk of developing serious complications or even dying if you get flu this winter.
If you haven't had the flu vaccine and you are in a risk group, make an appointment to get vaccinated.
Find out more about the flu vaccine, including how the vaccine is made and how it protects you.
Flu vaccine for children
A annual nasal spray flu vaccine is now offered to all children aged two, three and four years as part of the NHS childhood vaccination programme.
In certain geographic areas the spray will also be offered to children aged 2-18 with long-term health conditions like diabetes, heart disease and lung disease. Please contact the surgery for further information if required.
Children aged six months to 2 years with long-term health conditions aren't able to have the nasal spray and will get the injected flu vaccine instead.
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