Easter Holidays

Easter holidays

The surgery will be closed on Good Friday 30 March 2018 and Bank Holiday Monday 2 April 2018.


If you need a doctor out of surgery hours (between 18.30 – 08.00) please telephone 111.

This service is for urgent medical enquiries only, all minor, routine, non-urgent matters should be dealt with in Surgery hours.

For immediate, life threatening emergencies call 999

NHS choices is available for 24 hour advice by calling 111 or visit their website.

www.nhs.uk

 

Tickets are on sale for the Easter raffle, 50 pence per ticket. All proceeds to Sutterton Surgery patient equipment fund.

 

Easter Bunny

 

Flu Clinics

We have had a really successful Flu campaign this year and have managed to use all the flu vaccines. It has been a very long and infectious winter.

We took our Flu Clinics on tour again last autumn and raised an unbelievable £787.00 for the Sutterton Surgery Patient Equipment Fund, raising money towards much needed equipment. We have recently purchased blood pressure monitors for patients to record their blood pressure at home over a 12 hour period.

Children’s Nasal Influenza Vaccination 

Children aged 2 and 3 who were previously invited for a nasal flu vaccine are still eligible if they have not yet received the vaccine.
Flu can be a very unpleasant illness for children with potentially serious complications, including bronchitis and pneumonia.

Shingles vaccine
Patients born after 1 September 1942 and reaching 70 years of age are eligible for a Shingles Vaccination. Patients aged 78 and 79 are also entitled to the vaccine. If you are 80 years and over you are no longer eligible.

What is Shingles?

Shingles is an infection of a nerve and the skin around it. It usually starts with tingling or burning in an area of skin, and is followed by the eruption of a painful rash, usually on one side of the body or face, that takes 2 to 4 weeks to resolve. Sometimes the eye can also be affected.

 

Why do people develop Shingles?

Shingles is caused by the reactivation of the chickenpox virus. After people have chickenpox the virus lies inactive in the nervous system. Later in life the virus can reactivate. Reaching an older age or having conditions that affect the immune system make the virus much more likely to reactivate.

 

You can only get shingles if you have had chickenpox - True

However many people had chickenpox as a child and are unaware of it. The infection can sometimes be so mild that it is nothing but a few spots. Even such a mild infection leaves you at risk of shingles later in life.

 

I have already had shingles; do I still need the vaccine?

Unfortunately, some people do get shingles more than once, although the risk is low. Vaccination is recommended.

 

What are the long-term effects of shingles?

Shingles usually resolves within 4 weeks. However some people go on to develop chronic nerve pain called post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN). This is an ongoing, severe nerve pain in the area affected by the rash, and is the most common complication of shingles which in some people can go on for months or years. The older you get shingles, the more likely you are to develop PHN.

 

How would the vaccine benefit me?

The vaccine reduces the chances of you developing shingles, and even if you do develop shingles then the disease is likely to affect you less severely.

Please ask on reception

Visit NHS Choices at www.nhs.uk/conditions/shingles/pages/introduction.aspx

Visit www.shinglesaware.co.uk

 

Sore throats, coughs and colds

A cold develops gradually over one or two days and you are most contagious during the early stages when you have a runny nose and sore throat. You should begin to feel better after a few days but some colds can last up to two weeks.

Flu
Flu usually comes on much more quickly than a cold, and symptoms appear one to three days after infection. You should begin to feel better within a week or so, but you may feel tired for much longer.

 

Whether it’s cold or flu, get medical help if you either:

  • have a chronic condition (such as asthma, diabetes or heart disease)

  • have a very high fever as well as an unusually severe headache or abdominal or chest pain

Look in on vulnerable neighbours and relatives

Check up on older neighbours and relatives, and those with heart or respiratory (breathing) problems, to make sure:

  • they're safe and well
  • are warm enough, especially at night
  • have stocks of food and medicines so they don't need to go out during very cold weather

If you're worried about a relative or elderly neighbour, contact your local council or call the Age UK helpline on 0800 678 1174 (8am-7pm every day).

If you're concerned that the person may be suffering from hypothermia, contact NHS 111.

Carers Champion

Sue B has very kindly taken on the role of Carers Champion for the practice. Sue is to be helped by Pauline and they will be available to help Carers with any questions or problems they may have. The practice is currently working towards accreditation with Lincolnshire County Council.