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Littlebourne Surgery Temporary Closure

Unfortunately, do due to staff shortages and social distancing during these uncertain times we have had temporarily close Littlebourne Surgery to our patients. 

Please note: Repeat prescription requests can still be posted through the letter box for processing the usual way. However, please highlight from the list below how you prefer to collect your prescription when it is ready for collection by writing a note detailing your preferred option on the prescription request:

  1. Collect from a Nominated Pharmacy (our preferred option)
  2. Collect in person from Littlebourne Surgery
  3. Posted to your home address via first class post

If you have a health issue and need to speak to a clinician please telephone the surgery on 01227 721515, you will be triaged by a clinician and invited to attend one of our other two sites (Bridge Health Centre or London Road) if a face to face appointment is deemed neccessary.


 Cossington House Surgery Temporary Closure

Unfortunately, do due to staff shortages during these uncertain times we have had temporarily close Cossington House Surgery to our patients. 

Please note: Repeat prescription requests can still be posted through the letter box for processing the usual way. However, please highlight from the list below how you prefer to collect your prescription when it is ready for collection by writing a note detailing your preferred option on the prescription request:

  1. Collect from a Nominated Pharmacy
  2. Collect in person from London Road Surgery
  3. Posted to your home address via first class post

If you have a health issue and need to speak to a clinician please telephone the surgery on 01227 763377, you will be triaged by a clinician and invited to attend one of our other two sites (London Road or Bridge Health Centre) if a face to face appointment is deemed neccessary.

 Please accept our sincere apologies for any inconvenience this temporary arrangement may cause you

On behalf of the Partners thank you for your co-operation - Canterbury Medical Practice


COVID 19 - Medication Information 

As a practice, we recognise that supply of medication is crucial at this difficult time and that it is natural to feel anxious about any disruption. We are assured that no significant shortages are expected, and there are plans in place to maintain supplies. It's important that patients only order what they need at the usual time. There is no need to stockpile or order earlier than usual. This will help limit the pressure on our reception staff, dispensary and community pharmacies. If you are self-isolating, another adult can collect medication on your behalf - it doesn't need to be a relative. We will update patients as soon as possible if there any changes to prescription systems. Thank you for your co-operation

Flu Clinics

Update: 08/01/2020: We still have flu vaccines available for Over 65 yr olds and for Children aged 2 & 3 yrs old and children under 18yrs old at risk, Please telephone for an appointment with one of the nurses. We are trying to source more flu vaccines for those patients at risk aged 18 - 65yrs so please ring and add your name to the waiting list and we will update as soon as possible when stock becomes available.

You will be eligible to receive the flu vaccine if you meet any of the following criteria:

  • All patients aged 65 and over.
  • Chronic respiratory disease (aged 6 months or older).
  • Chronic heart disease (aged 6 months or older).
  • Chronic kidney disease (aged 6 months or older).
  • Chronic liver disease (aged 6 months or older).
  • Chronic Neurological disease (aged 6 months or older).
  • Diabetes (aged 6 months or older).
  • Immunosuppression (aged 6 months or older).
  • People living in long-stay residential care homes or other long-stay care facilities where rapid spread is likely to follow introduction of infection and cause high morbidity and mortality. This does not include, for instance, prisons, young offender institutions, or university halls of residence.
  • Pregnant women at any stage of pregnancy (first, second or third trimesters).
  • Those who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or those who are the main carer, or the carer of an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill. Please note – this category refers to individual carers entitled to a free flu vaccine on the NHS, not professional health and social care workers who should be vaccinated by their employers as part of an occupational health programme.

Influenza and the flu virus

Influenza (often referred to as the flu) is an acute viral infection of the respiratory tract (nose, mouth, throat, bronchial tubes and lungs). There are three types of flu virus: A, B and C, with A and B responsible for most clinical illness.

Following infection, flu has a usual incubation period of one to three days. The disease is characterised by the sudden onset of fever, chills, headache, muscle and congestion and diarrhoea may occur. For otherwise healthy individuals, flu is an unpleasant but usually self-limiting disease with recovery usually within two to seven days. A proportion of people infected may have very mild illness or no symptoms at all. These people may still infect all others with flu. For those that become sick, the illness may be complicated by bronchitis or pneumonia (either from the virus itself or a secondary bacterial infection) and, in children, otitis media (ear infection). In some rare cases, infection can cause cardiac problems, meningitis and/or encephalitis (inflammation of the brain). The risk of serious illness from influenza is higher amongst children under six months of age, older people and those with underlying health conditions such as respiratory or cardiac disease or immunosuppression.

The genetic make up of the flu virus is unstable and new variations (strains) often emerge. Minor changes (‘drifts’) occur from season to season. Major changes (‘shifts’) occur periodically, resulting in the emergence of a new subtype of the virus that can cause widespread epidemics or even a pandemic if populations have little or no immunity to that strain. The World Health Organization (WHO) monitors changes in flu viruses in order to make recommendations on the most appropriate three strains to include in flu vaccine. It also monitors changes in flu viruses to assess their potential to cause a pandemic.

How flu spreads

Flu is passed from person to person through droplets created when someone with the infection sneezes or coughs. Infection can also be spread by contact with surfaces on which the virus has become deposited. Flu can spread rapidly.

Most cases of flu in the UK tend to occur during an eight to ten week period during the winter. The timing, extent and severity of this ‘seasonal’ flu can all vary and is unpredictable. Flu A is the predominant virus causes outbreaks most years and is usually the cause of epidemics. Large epidemics occur intermittently. Flu B tends to cause less severe disease, although in children the severity of illness may be similar to that associated with flu A.

Impact of flu each winter on the population

The impact of flu on the population can vary from year to year and is influenced by changes in the virus that, in turn, influence the proportion of the population that may be susceptible to infection and the severity of the illness it causes. The proportion of the population susceptible to infection depends on how many people have been exposed to the same or similar strains in the past and consequently have some immunity, and how many have been vaccinated against the circulating strains.

 



 
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