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Flu Campaign 2017 (Posted 14/08/2017)

The flu campaign starts soon and we are expecting the first batch of flu jabs to arrive on the 22nd September 2017.

An Out of Hours ‘Drop in’ clinic has been booked for Saturday 7th October from 8:30 am to 12:00 at the ground floor at Freshney Green Primary Care Centre.

The practice is hoping to offer a number of ‘Drop in’ clinics during the normal working week, and once the dates have been agreed, they will be posted here for information.

If you have any queries regarding the flu season or are unsure whether or not you qualify for the jab, please contact the surgery and someone will be able to answer your queries.

MenACWY Vaccine Campaign (Posted 29/06/2017)

If you were born between 1 September 1998 and 31 August 1999, you should be invited to attend your surgery for your MenACWY vaccine. This vaccine helps protect you against meningococcal disease which can cause meningitis (inflammation of the brain) and septicaemia (blood poisoning).  These can kill in hours and those who recover may be left severely disabled.

Since 2009, there has been a large increase in group W meningococcal (MenW) disease in England, resulting in several deaths in teenagers. Older teenagers and young adults who are not vaccinated are at risk of getting MenW disease, so you need to get vaccinated to protect yourself. Vaccination helps protect you and others around you. You may have had a MenC vaccination before but you still need the MenACWY vaccine as this gives you the extra protection you need.

The vaccination is free and may save your life. If you qualify for the vaccine but has not yet be invited, please contact the surgery to disucss the immunisation with a nurse.

You may be planning to get a job or an apprenticeship, join the armed forces or go on to higher education. Whatever you do next, it is important that you get vaccinated. If you are planning to go to university you should get vaccinated well before you move. If this is not possible you should register with a new GP at university or your new location and arrange to get the vaccine there as soon as possible – ideally in your first week of term. New university students are at extra risk of meningococcal infection in the first weeks of term when they come into contact with many new people of a similar age.

Finally, if you are not up to date with the MMR vaccine which helps protect you from measles mumps and rubella you should get this at the same appointment. More information about both vaccines can be found at the NHS Choices website or through speaking to the nurse or GP in the surgery.

Humberside Breast Screening Service

It has now been almost 3 years since the ladies at our surgery were last called for breast screening. We have received information from the Cancer Screening Programme that they will soon commence screening for our practice cohort once again.

The projected date for Woodford’s breast screening period is 4th - 28th July 2017, though this may be subject to change.  Eligible women from will be invited to appointments at the mobile screening unit at Diana Princess of Wales Hospital.

The Breast Screening Service identifies eligible women and makes the appointments automatically.

At Woodford Medical Centre, we encourage women who qualify for the screening to attend. If for any reason you miss the opportunity to attend the sessions offered, please contact the surgery and speak to a Practice Nurse as they will be able to advise you how to access the service. 

For further Information, download the NHS Breast Screening - Helping you Decide leaflet