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COVD Vaccinations 3rd Primary Dose for Severely Immunosuppressed: 

3rd dose given 8 weeks min after dose 2.  CCG has written to those patients identified.  Letter enables the patient to attend a walk in as these can't be booked on the National Booking Service (NBS).  If not received letter can be generated by the Practice, you will need to take this with you.

COVID Vaccinations 12-15 -Clinical Risk & Household Contacts of Immunosuppressed - 1 & 2 dose (dose 2 after 8 weeks from dose 1)

Dose 1 - Bookable via NBS (National Booking Service), vaccinated in school, or via walk in with CCG Letter.  Dose 2 - Attend walk in with 2nd dose CCG letter.  CCG letters sent in Sept to all those identified as 12-15yr at risk for 1st dose. CCG letters sent in Nov to all those in this cohort who have had 1st dose already.  Any additional at risk children (eg; new diagnosis, turned 12) can book via National Booking Service (NBS) for dose 1 and obtain letter for dose 2 for walk in after 8 weeks. (Letter from GP). 

COVID Vaccinations 12-15 - Otherwise Healthy

Currently single dose only.  Vaccinations in schools or booking via NBS/119. There is a need to wait for 12 weeks if positive covid test.

Flu Vaccinations 2021-22

We continue to vaccinate those eligible for an NHS Flu Vaccination and still have stocks of vaccine.  We vaccinate from age 50years and over.  Pre-School age children ages 2-3yrs. Patients 48yrs and below with a medical condition (Diabetes, COPD, Immunosuppressed, Pregnant, Heart Disease, History of Stroke).  Please check with our reception team for eligibility if you are unsure. 

We are happy to take a booking over the phone and patients will be offered their flu vaccine when attending the Practice for other scheduled appointments.  If you or a relative of the Practice is housebound please call and add the name to our list of home vaccinations.  These will be carried out by a member of the clinical team and the patient will be contacted and given a date to expect the call.  Pharmacies are also offering flu vaccinations, the information will be forwarded to the practice for inclusion in your medical record, free to those patients in the categories listed above.  Pharmacies will also vaccinate patients not qualifying for a free vaccine and will make a small charge for this.

Help to reduce your risk of Type 2 Diabetes

Diabetes is a serious condition which affects thousands of people across our area every year. 90% of adults with Diabetes have Type 2 Diabetes.

Fortunately Type 2 Diabetes can be prevented by making practical improvements to the way you live – including your diet, how much you exercise and maintaining a healthy body-weight. Even if you have been told that you are currently living with Pre-Diabetes or Borderline-Diabetes, these changes can still help you achieve “remission” – meaning you no longer have Pre- or borderline Type 2 Diabetes.

 To support you to make these changes to your lifestyle the NHS offers the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (NDPP). Locally the NDPP is delivered by Reed Wellbeing. In our area, the NDPP has helped 80% of people participating achieve remission of their Pre- or Borderline Diabetes.

The NDPP is a 12-week programme that will set you up with brilliant tools and tips to help you improve your diet and lifestyle to help maintain a healthy body-weight. At the moment the programme is delivered virtually to help patients stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is available in English, Urdu, Punjabi, Polish, French and Spanish. You can choose to follow the programme over the phone, through video consultation, or an app on your mobile. The NDPP is completely free to take part in to all NHS patients.

If you think you may be at high risk of Type 2 Diabetes, you can find out your risk level through https://riskscore.diabetes.org.uk. Using this tool is easy and only takes a few minutes, and if you are at high risk of Type 2 Diabetes the tool will signpost you to help you refer yourself to the NDPP or to speak to your GP. Following the programme could make a huge positive difference to your health and wellbeing.

Cambridge City Lifestyle Services Booklet

Community Activities and Support to improve your health and support with Housing, Domestic Abuse.

https://www.bewellcambridgeshire.co.uk/asset-library/lifestyle-services-booklet-city-july-2018.pdf

Healthy You Update

Now (during a pandemic) more than ever is an important time to lose weight and keep healthy.

Commissioned and funded by Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council, Healthy You provides free weight management support to residents across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. Healthy You offer a choice of programmes to patients who wish to lose weight and you could be eligible for a 12 week referral to any of the options listed below if you are aged over 16 with a Body Mass Index above 25.

Option 1 – Referral to Healthy You Weight Management groups

Option 2 - Referral to Slimming World

Option 3 – Referral to Wellness that Works (formerly Weight Watchers)

To be eligible for a Slimming World or Wellness that Works referral you cannot have been a paying member of either program in the 12 weeks prior to the point of referral.

If you have the motivation to learn how to lose weight and maintain a healthier weight you can self-refer by calling Healthy you on 0333 005 0093, text Healthyu to 60777 or visit the website at www.healthyyou.org.uk

If you have a suspected covid infection and are self isolating at home the following leaflet will be helpful to you:

Isolating at Home

Age UK Community Resource Information

https://www.ageuk.org.uk/bp-assets/globalassets/cambridgeshire--peterborough-/original-blocks/about-us/latest-news/covid-19/community-support-ageukcap.pdf

 

Shingles Vaccination

Who can have a free shingles vaccination?

You are eligible for the shingles vaccine if you are aged 70 and for those in the catch-up cohort , as you become78 or 79 years old. All eligible individuals retain eligibility to receive the shingles vaccine until they become 80 years of age.  When eligible, you can have the shingles vaccination at any time of year.

Some individuals who were eligible for the shingles (catch-up) vaccination programme may have turned 80 years during the pandemic and missed the opportunity to be vaccinated, either due to lockdown or because they were shielding at home and unable to attend the practice. This cohort of individuals  can still be offered shingles vaccine unless contraindicated, up to the 31 December 2020. This temporary offer applies only to those who were eligible and who missed shingles vaccination because they were shielding and who turned 80 years of age during that period. It is only applicable to periods of time when lockdown or shielding was recommended.The shingles vaccination is not available on the NHS to anyone aged 80 or over because it seems to be less effective in this age group.

This is a one off vaccination and reduces the chances of developing shingles, and even if you do develop shingles then the disease is likely to affect you less severely.

Shingles is caused by the reactivation of the chickenpox virus and lies dormat after infection as a child. Later in life it can reactivate and cause shingles. why this happens is not completley known, but reaching an older age makes the virus much more likely to reactivate.  Shingles and its complications can be difficult to manage.  The treatment options vary from person to person depending on the area affected by the shingles.  It is important to see your GP as soon as possible after the rash occurs, as some treatments work best when given early.  Shingles can not be caught from someone with chickenpox, however, it is possible to catch chickenpox from someone with shingles.

Leaflet:

Shingles Leaflet

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