Flu can affect anyone but if you have a long-term health condition the effects of flu can make it worse even if the condition is well managed and you normally feel well. You should have the free flu vaccine if you are:
or have one of the following long term conditions:
- a heart problem
- a chest complaint or breathing difficulties, including bronchitis, emphysema or severe asthma
- a kidney disease
- lowered immunity due to disease or treatment (such as steroid medication or cancer treatment)
- liver disease
- had a stroke or a transient ischemic attack (TIA)
- a neurological condition, e.g. MS, cerebral palsy or learning disability
- a problem with your spleen, e.g. sickle cell disease, or you have had your spleen removed
- are seriously overweight (BMI of 40 and above)
Check your BMI via the NHS Choices website:
Who should consider having a flu vaccination?
All those who have any condition listed above or who are:
- aged 65 years or over
- living in a residential or nursing home
- the main carer of an older or disabled person
- a household contact of an immunocompromised person
- a frontline health or social worker
- children of a certain age (please ask at reception for further details)
Our research team which consists of Dr Margaret Ikpoh and Nurse Alyson Johnstone are looking to recruit patients to take part in several research studies. Please see our Research section on the right hand side of the website for further information. Research is very important to aid and support the development of knowledge in the field of medicine.
Summer 2017 Newsletter
We have published our Summer 2017 Newsletter and you can find it by clicking the link below:
Spring 2017 Newsletter
We have published our Spring 2017 Newsletter and you can find it by clicking the link below:
Spring 2017 Newsletter
Important News - March 2017
GP and appointment news
As of April 2016 every patient in the country had to be assigned a GP who is accountable for their care.
Patients whose accountable GP was Dr Hajjawi have been allocated to Dr Metcalfe. Dr Metcalfe became a Partner with Hedon Group Practice on 1 July 2016.
You are still entitled to see any GP, particularly when a different GP may have a sooner or more conven-ient appointment for your needs. You may also be required to see or speak to alternative GPs in urgent situations, or if a home visit is required
Repeat Prescription Requests
Important information as of Monday 9 January 2017
To improve patient safety the GP Partners have decided repeat prescription ordering by telephone will no longer be available as of Monday 9 January 2017.
You can order your repeat medication by:
- Completing the order slip that is issued with your medicines and post in the box at the surgery
- Sending the order slip to us by post
- Internet at www.hedongrouppractice.co.uk (please see a member of the reception team who will arrange access for you)
- Via your community pharmacy if your medication is dispensed by them
- Fax on: 01482 895480
The reception and dispensary phone lines will not take orders for repeat medication.
You may however be eligible for automatic prescriptions – please ask at the dispensary.
The GP Partners would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your understanding and co-operation.
As of Thursday 19 January 2017 our dispensary query line will be open 9.30 - 12.30. Please note this line is for dispensary queries only and will not be available for ordering repeat prescriptions as above.
We are experiencing a significantly increased demand for our Emergency Surgery. This means that patients are waiting longer than we would like.
Have you considered whether the Pharmacist or phoning 111 (NHS advice line) could help you instead? Most viral illness including coughs, colds, earache, sore throat, eye infections, vomiting and diarrhoea only need simple remedies from the chemist until they settle naturally. When you go to the chemist please ask to speak to the pharmacist.
If the doctor feels your problem isn’t urgent and can wait until the next available appointment, they may ask you to re-book. This is to ensure patients who are acutely unwell are not kept waiting longer than necessary. Please bear in mind this surgery is for emergencies only and is not simply a ‘sit and wait’ service for ongoing problems. Your help is appreciated.
Did you know NHS Choices provides a wealth of information to help you manage your health and ailments? Please go to www.nhs.uk for more information.
This vaccination helps to prevent the severe forms of pneumococcal disease, which is the term used to describe a range of illnesses such as pneumonia, septicaemia (blood poisoning) and meningitis (inflammation around the brain). This is not the same as the influenza vaccine (flu jab) but it can help to prevent some of the dangerous complications that can arise from all strains of flu.
The pneumococcal vaccination is only given once unless you go on to develop a serious condition; if you think you have had this injection before, please let us know and do not come for another one.
If you are 65 years old or over between 1st April 2015 and 31st March 2016 and have not had a Pneumococcal vaccination previously, reception will call you to book an appointment.
Click here for further information
New Shingles Vaccine
The vaccine to prevent shingles is being offered for patients aged 70, 71, 78 or 79 as at 01 September 2015. Shingles, or Herpes Zoster, is a painful skin rash caused by the reactivation of the chickenpox virus (varicella-zoster virus) in people who have previously had chickenpox. The practice is running dedicated clinics to administer the vaccine, please contact reception to book your appointment.
Hedon Group Practice 2015/16 Patient Survey Report
The aim of this year’s Patient Survey was to ensure that patients provide feedback on the clinical care they receive from the GPs. Please click on the link below to view the report and results of the survey.
2015/16 Patient Survey Report