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MenACWY Vaccine 

There is a new MenACWY vaccine programme for all 17 and 18 year olds born between 01 September 1996 and 31 August 1997. This vaccine protects against meningitis (inflammation of the brain) and septicaemia (blood poisoning) caused by meningococcal groups A, C, W and Y. 

It is very important that you take up the vaccine. It is being offered in response to a rapidly growing increase in cases of a highly aggressive strain of meningococcal disease group W. This disease can cause meningitis an septicemia that can kill in hours and those who can recover may be left severely disabled. The vaccine protects against three other meningococcal groups too - A, C and Y. 

As the vaccine will also boost your protection against MenC, it replaces the “Freshers” MenC programme which has been in place for the past year. Therefore, this vaccine is also offered to older first-time university entrants (up to 25 years)

Please note you are able to have this vaccine once you have completed the registration process. Please call the health centre on 01484 430386 to book an appointment now!

Have you arrived/returned to the UK from Middle East or Korea? Feeling Unwell?

If you have a high temperature (fever) and a cough or shortness of breath and/or have recently arrived/returned to the UK, please let reception know immediately by phoning - DO NOT sit it the waiting room.   

Dr Littlewood's Working Hours

Please note that Dr Littlewood will be retiring on Wednesday 30th September 2015 but due to annual leave entitlement etc. he will not be working routine clinics with us from after the 30th July 2015. This has not altered the amount of GP appointments that are available, as these hours have been filled by our other GP's. You can see any doctor as they ALL have access to your medical records, but if you wish to see a particular doctor you may have to wait a few weeks for their next pre-bookable appointment. 

NHS Choices Conditions and Treatments

See the NHS Choices Conditions and Treatments browser for an in-depth description of many common health issues.


Childrens Health

There is a good guide on the NHS website which describes various conditions affecting children.  There is advice on how to diagnose them, how to treat them and if further advice should be consulted.

NHS childhood illness slideshow


When Should I Worry?

Having an ill child can be a very scary experience for parents. If you understand more about the illness it can help you to feel more in control. This booklet is for parents (and older children) and deals with common infections in children who are normally healthy.

Download the booklet


Fevers

Most symptoms of a fever in young children can be managed at home with infant paracetamol. If the fever is very high, they may have an infection that needs treating with antibiotics.  

 


Head Lice

Head lice are insects that live on the scalp and neck. They may make your head feel itchy. Although head lice may be embarrassing and sometimes uncomfortable, they don't usually cause illness. However, they won't clear up on their own and you need to treat them promptly


Nosebleeds

Nosebleeds (also known as epistaxis) are fairly common, especially in children, and can generally be easily treated.


These links all come from trusted resources but if you are unsure about these or any other medical matters please contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice

 
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