Newsletter – November 2017

from Sharon Unwin – Practice Manager

Flu Vaccinations
We have now received our “Flu Vaccinations”. Please call and book your appointment. The vaccination is recommended (and free!) to all patients over the age of 65, pregnant women and those patients who have a long term medical condition regardless of age. If you are unsure please ask us.

Flu Vaccines for Healthy Children
We now have the nasal Flu vaccinations (Fluenz) in stock. This winter, children born between 01/09/2013 and 31/08/2015 are eligible to receive the free nasal flu vaccination at the surgery. Please contact the surgery to make an appointment.

The Shingles Vaccination
Patients are eligible from their 70th birthday UNLESS born between 01/09/1938 and 02/09/1942 AND not had their 78th birthday. The vaccine cannot be given at 80 yrs of age or older as it is much less effective. This is a one off vaccination so if you have had this vaccination previously, you do not need to have it repeated.

Kids back to school and the bugs that come with it?
There are so many basic medical problems that you can treat at home without a trip to your GP practice. Coughs, colds, upset stomachs, head lice, chickenpox and ear infections can all be treated with medicine from your pharmacies. Alternatively practice nurses, can help with lots of minor conditions which mean you don’t need to see a GP. Remember that children can get between eight to 10 colds a year, and a cough can last at least three weeks before it starts to improve. Visiting your GP and getting medication on prescription, which could be easily bought over the counter, costs the local NHS approximately £45 each time you visit.

Stocking up your medicine cabinet
Autumn is a good time of the year to give your medicine cabinet a review, before winter comes. Below is a good basic first aid kit that all homes should have, it means you have the right things for basic first aid, and it’ll also save you a trip to the pharmacy if you’re not feeling well. Your first aid kit could include:

  • plasters
  • small, medium and large sterile gauze dressings and sticky tape
  • at least two sterile eye dressings
  • triangular bandages
  • disposable sterile gloves
  • tweezers, scissors and safety pins
  • alcohol-free cleansing wipes
  • thermometer (preferably digital)
  • skin rash cream, such as hydrocortisone or calendula
  • antiseptic cream
  • painkillers such as paracetamol , aspirin (not to be given to children under 16), or ibuprofen
  • cough medicine
  • antihistamine tablets
  • eye wash and eye bath

Carers Support Meetings
Our next meetings at Willingham Surgery are on and 1st November at 2pm, 6th December at 2pm. If you are a carer, please pop along and get some support from other people in the local community. We will put you in touch with other agencies who can advise on benefits, and offer support and relief when you most need it. Refreshments provided, no need to pre-book and completely FREE! Please contact Sue Lawson at the surgery or email her at for more information.

Cambridgeshire Hearing Clinics
The next Hearing Aid Clinics at Willingham Surgery are 15th November & 20th December. No appointment necessary, just pop along for your free NHS hearing aid batteries and for help and advice regarding hearing loss.

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