Newsletter 4

Influenza vaccination

You can get the flu vaccination if you are over 65, you are pregnant, a carer or if you have any chronic illnesses like heart and lung disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, neurological problems, or if you are on immunosuppressive medication. Please contact our receptionist for your flu vaccination.

Influenza vaccination for children

  1. All children between ages 3 – 5 can get a nasal flu vaccination. Please book an appointment with our practice nurses.
  2. All primary school age children will receive their vaccination in school.

Shingles immunisation

If you are 70, 78 or 79 years old on 01.09.14 you are eligible to receive the immunisation. Shingles can leave you with significant prolonged pain. The immunisation is to reduce the severity and time you experience the pain caused by shingles. Phone and book in with the practice nurse to receive the immunisation.

Meningitis C Vaccination

We offer this to all new university entrants under the age of 25. Our practice nurses will be happy to see you for your vaccination.

Annual Review for chronic diseases

Over the next few months we will send invitations to patients with chronic diseases, like Asthma, COPD, Diabetes, Mental Health problems etc.to see one of our nursing  team for an annual review. This is a good chance of discussing prevention of long term problems and medication issues. Please use this appointment and come.

Bowel Screening Program

This is a screening test to detect bowel cancer at an early stage and is now in its 3rd year for patients between the ages of 50 – 74. Please return the sample you receive by mail. If you forgot to send it and need a new kit, phone  0800 0121 8333. If you want to ask or discuss anything about this test please call and mention this letter.

Request for Special Letters

Please remember a number of specially requested letters and forms are not part of the GP GMS contract. We will deal with these requests within 7 to 10 working days but remember that there will be a fee for this extra work.

Prescription requests

Please phone between 9 am – 5 pm if you request a prescription and remember to allow 48 hours before you collect your prescription.

Missed Appointments

Please remember it is very important to notify us if you can not come to your appointment. We always have patients waiting for appointments who could be seen by doctors and/or nurses instead.

In October we had 95 patients who did not turn up for their pre-booked appointments and 10 patients did not even attend their appointment booked on the same day! 

This means 105 of our patients missed appointments in only one month, in other words 8 complete surgeries were wasted !!!

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 (www.drkohlhagenandpartners.gpsurgery.net).  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.

With Kind Regards to all our patients,

Dr Michael Kohlhagen and Partners