Greystoke continue to have stock of flu vaccines, for all age groups, including the 2 and 3 year olds. If you are eligible, please contact reception to make a convenient appointment.
Viral Gastroenteritis/Norovirus is on the increase
If you have symptoms:
- Wash hands with liquid soap and warm running water:
- Following an episode of diarrhoea or vomiting
- After using the toilet
- Before handling and eating food
Following an episode of diarrhoea or vomiting, clean and disinfect the affected area with a chlorine-based disinfectant product, e.g. household bleach, Milton.
Not use alcohol handrub as it is not effective at killing the virus.
Stay at home and do not visit hospitals (unless an emergency) or care homes until symptom free for 48 hours.
We have started work with a pharmacist called Lewis Sutherland on a bone health project. The project will be pro-actively identifying people who may be at risk of osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a condition where the bones become less dense and are more likely to break when exposed to force e.g. with a fall, with the main concern being hip fractures. Osteoporosis is symptomless, and is diagnosed with either a bone density scan (DEXA scan) or following a fracture. Lewis will contact people who may be at risk of developing osteoporosis to discuss going for a bone density (DEXA) scan at Wansbeck of North Tyneside hospital as a “check-up” for their bones. If the DEXA scan shows osteoporosis, Lewis will discuss potential treatment options. More information about osteoporosis can be found on the www.patient.co.uk web-site.
We have recently undertaken a review of how younger patients and patients with additional needs view our services. We have been guided by Melissa Stephenson who helped produce a resource pack for our clinicians / patients, along with some additional resources e.g. Chair for young patients to tuck themselves away whilst waiting and some reading books etc. If you would like additional information, please feel free to contact the surgery.
Winter 2019 to 2020 Influenza Vaccination Campaign
It is that time of year again when the nights draw in, the mornings get colder and we start our annual Influenza Vaccination Clinics. Once again this year the type of vaccine will be different depending on if you are over or under 65 years of age, therefore we will once again be inviting you to clinics depending on the vaccine that will best protect you from “Flu” this winter. We have made a slight change to our clinics. For those aged of 65 years we will as usual be inviting you to a Saturday morning clinic but for those under 65 years of age we will be running an evening clinic which we hope will prove more convenient. Don’t worry if you can’t make these clinics the nurses will be working hard to offer appointments in the following weeks.
Letters of invite will be sent out to those eligible for a NHS flu vaccination from us in the next 3 weeks.
Dr Richard Glennie
Influenza Vaccination GP Lead