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 NEW OUT OF HOURS SERVICE - 13/8/2019

LOCAL GP OUT OF HOURS SERVICE AND NHS DIRECT NOW SHARE THIS EASY TO REMEMBER TELEPHONE NUMBER - 111

IT IS FREE AND WILL HELP YOU FIND THE RIGHT ADVICE SUPPORT AND TREATMENT

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BANK HOLIDAY CLOSURES - MONDAY 26th AUGUST 2019

GDPR - GENERAL DATA PROTECTION REGULATIONS FROM 25TH MAY 2018

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BANK HOLIDAY CLOSURES :-

2019
19 AprilFridayGood Friday
22 AprilMondayEaster Monday
6 MayMondayEarly May bank holiday
27 MayMondaySpring bank holiday
26 AugustMondaySummer bank holiday
25 DecemberWednesdayChristmas Day
26 DecemberThursdayBoxing Day

 OUT OF HOURS SERVICE  - 111

EMAIL TO THE PRACTICE

IF YOU ARE CONTACTING THE PRACTICE VIA EMAIL, IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE A RESPONSE WITHIN 2 DAYS PLEASE RING TO ENQUIRE WHETHER OR NOT IT HAS BEEN RECEIVED.  SINCE THE "CYBER-EVENT" ON THE NHS IN APRIL 2017  THE NHS HAS TIGHTENED UP ON SECURITY AND A LOT OF EMAILS ARE POSTED TO THE "JUNK BOX".

 

Dental Helpline

If you require an emergency dental appointment or are seeking to register with an NHS dentist for routine treatment, please call the Dental Helpline on:

01633 488389 

For weekends/bank holidays and evenings (opens at 6:30pm weekday evenings).

 Out of hours:

01633 744285

For a list of Dentists taking on NHS patients in your area please email ABBDental.Helpline@wales.nhs.uk

  Car parking

Please note that the car park section closest to the practice building is for staff parking only. Please do not drive through the 'No Entry' signs. Please do not park in any of the GP parking spaces. Also please do not park on the double yellow lines - you will be restricting access for ambulances to the practice if you do. 

 Screening programmes

The practice encourages all its eligible patients to participate in screening programmes provided by Public Health Wales. These are: Breast Test Wales; Cervical Screening Wales; and Bowel Screening Wales. Information is included below in the relevant pages under 'Further Information'.

 Eye conditions

If you have a minor eye condition eg. conjunctivitis, you csn visit an optician rather than the GP. The practice can issue you with a prescription for any medication the optician may consider necessary.

 NHS choose well campaign 

The Choose Well campaign is designed to provide information to the public about the range of NHS and other services, which are available as alternatives to attending the Emergency Department or dialling 999. Please see below for further information. 

 

Shingles – Introduction of new vaccine (herpes zoster vaccination)

Shingles is a condition caused by the reactivation of the chickenpox virus. If you have had chicken pox, the virus stays in the body until it is reactivated, causing shingles. Shingles is an infection of a nerve and the area of skin supplied by the nerve.

About 1 in 5 people has shingles at some time in their life. It can occur at any age, but it is most common in people over the age of 50. It is uncommon to have shingles more than once, but about 1 in 50 people has shingles two or more times in their life.

Unfortunately the body’s immune system weakens with age and so the chance of developing shingles also increases as people get older and as a result individuals over 50 years of age more frequently suffer from the condition.

What are the symptoms?

The virus usually affects one nerve only, on one side of the body. Symptoms occur in the area of skin that the nerve supplies. The usual symptoms are pain and a rash. The most commonly involved nerves are those supplying the skin on the chest or abdomen. The upper face (including an eye) is also a common site. Shingles usually starts with a headache, fever and tiredness and general feeling of being unwell. It is also very common to feel a burning pain on the body which may become excruciating.

Within days or indeed up to 3 weeks the area of pain will turn into a rash which then changes into fluid filled blisters. When these burst they turn into sores which eventually heal.  Most people recover however continue to feel extreme pain in the area of the rash that can remain for months or even years.

 Introduction of a new vaccination for Shingles

A Shingles vaccination is now available and it is recommended that anyone over 50 years of age should consider taking the treatment in order to protect themselves from the condition which can be both extremely painful and has the possibility of causing health problems over a sustained period of time.

The vaccination is available on the NHS, although the Department of Health’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has recommended that a universal herpes zoster vaccination programme for adults aged 70 from the 1st day of September after your 70th birthday for the following year. (see NHS choices for eligible criteria) ,71,72, 78 and 79 years. NHS choices website for eligible criteria - http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/vaccinations/Pages/who-can-have-the-shingles-vaccine.aspx.  There is also an eligibility calculator on Public Health Wales website for shingles http://www.wales.nhs.uk/sitesplus/888/page/43922

If you would like the vaccination and are not in the age range stated you could have one done privately. The single-dose vaccination is available at a cost of £120.

If you are interested in the vaccine, please speak to a receptionist.

 

 

 

 
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