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Winter Flu Vaccinations
Flu vaccination by injection, commonly known as the 'flu jab' is available every year on the NHS to protect adults (and some children) at risk of flu and its complications.
Flu can be unpleasant, but if you are otherwise healthy it will usually clear up on its own within a week.
However, flu can be more severe in certain people such as:
- anyone over the age of 65
- pregnant women
- children and adults with an underlying health condition (particularly long-term heart or respiratory disease)
- children and adults with weakened immune systems
Anyone in these risk groups is more likely to develop potentially serious complications, such as Pneumonia (a lung infection), so it's recommended that they have a flu vaccine every year to protect them.
The flu vaccine is given free on the NHS as an annual injection to: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/vaccinations/Pages/flu-influenza-vaccine.aspx
Please contact the surgery to make an appointment.
Advanced Nurse Practitioner appointed at Parson Drove Surgery
We are pleased to welcome Ruth McKenzie as Advanced Nurse Practitioner to our clinical team.
An Advanced Nurse Practitioner is a qualified Registered General Nurse who has also undertaken an accredited RCN Nurse Practitioner Bachelor of Science honours degree,or a Masters degree, in Primary Care. She is able to physically examine, diagnose, assess, treat, refer, prescribe, order and interpret tests. Patients are seen with undifferentiated and undiagnosed illnesses. Advanced Nurse Practitioners are able to prescribe after taking a Non Medical Independent Prescribing Course.
Patients may choose to see the Nurse Practitioner instead of a Doctor for acute minor illness health problems, including: Headache and neck pain. Eye, ear, nose and throat problems. Respiratory problems, including shortness of breath, cough, chest infections tonsillitis and sore throats. Skin and nail problems, rashes, eczema, and dermatitis. Cardiovascular problems such as high blood pressure chest pain and palpitations. Muscular skeletal problems, such as sprains strains, knee ankle, back shoulder problems. Abdominal problems such as indigestion, constipation abdominal pain. Urinary frequency and urinary tract infections. Advice about contraception methods, period problems and HRT.
The Nurse Practitioner may refer patients back to either the Practice Nurse or GP for further advice or if necessary to an outside agency such as Physiotherapy Dermatology or Gynecology. However if patients have been consulting a GP about an ongoing problem, it is often better to continue to see them if referral is needed.
Patients Participation Group - New member applications welcome
Locally known as "The Parson Drove Patient Group"
Works to forge a link between the practice and the patients in an open two way flow of communication. Meeting regularly approximately once a month, to discuss whats happening in the NHS, local heath service issues affecting local patients, services to be commissioned, developing and running the patient surveys. Whats happening at this practice.
A member of our group is also the Patient representative on the Local Commissioning Group Board, and is keen to hear your views and experiences of services locally within the NHS.
Any patient of Parson Drove Surgery with time, enthusiasm and commitment can apply to become a member of the Parson Drove Patient Group. Application forms available at the Reception. When a position becomes available in the group new member applications will be actioned.