Newsletter 11

Newsletter 11

January 2016

Influenza vaccination: The vaccination is for :

All patients over 65 …

All children between 2 – 5 …

All patients with a chronic disease…

If you are pregnant

If you wish to have your vaccination contact our receptionists. Daily appointments are available.

Childhood immunisation:  All parents please bring your children to the immunisation clinics. The health board sends appointments out to you for the clinics run in our practice. We noticed that some parents for some reason do not bring their children for the pre-school immunisation. It really could not be easier to protect your children from potentially dangerous infectious diseases. So please bring your children when you receive the appointment. Otherwise contact us and we can help you in finding a more suitable appointment time. Currently our receptionists phone every pre-school child’s parents prior to the appointment as a reminder. If you cannot come to the immunisation clinic please let us know and we can book you in at another time with our nurses.

Cervical smear and blood pressure: Please make sure your cervical smears are up to date. You should have a smear test every 3 years if you are between 20 – 60 years. This is a screening test, meaning that it is to check for abnormal cells that can develop into cervical cancer. With early treatment this test can prevent you from developing cervical cancer, one of the most common cancers in women. This test is particularly important if you on hormone treatment, contraceptive pills or HRT.

Shingles Vaccination: Please remember, we continue to vaccinate our elderly patients against shingles. This year we can offer the vaccination to 2 groups of patients:

  1. Everybody aged 70 years on 01.09.2015 ( ie born 02.09.1944 – 01.09.1945 )
  2. Everybody aged 78 years on 01.09.2015 ( ie born 02.09.1936 – 01.09.1937 )

If you fall into this category and wish to have the vaccination please see one of our practice nurses.


GP Service : It is with regret to inform you that after a prolonged period of absence Dr John Thompson has resigned from the practice with effect from 15.01.16. We wish him well for the future at his university work with teaching of medical students.

We are happy to announce that Dr Thompson’s sessions will be covered by a long term and well experienced locum GP Dr Badejo. Many of you will have seen him already over the last few weeks.

 In December, 41 patients did not turn up for their pre-booked appointments and 9 patients did not attend their appointment booked on the same day!

These patients did not cancel their appointments and it means that a total of 50!!! of our patients had to wait unnecessarily for an appointment in December.


Please help us and give us your correct current contact details to keep us up-dated at all times.

Remember, you can read this information regularly up-dated on our practice website (  If you do not have internet access please ask our receptionists for a print out of the up-dated newsletter which will be published on a regular basis.


Best Wishes,       Dr Michael Kohlhagen and Partners