Newsletter 7

Newsletter 7

March 2015

Influenza vaccination still time for Flu jabs until 31.03.15

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.

Missed Appointments : The number of our missed appointments have reduced over recent week. We would like to thank our patients to contact us in time when cancelling an appointment is required.

Phone consultation : Please remember, when we book you for a phone consultation we also block the time required to speak to you. However, often we phone and can only leave a message on the answering machine and patients do not answer their phone. We sometimes try and phone later again but even then we can not get an answer. Please make sure that when booking a phone consultation you let us have you up-to-date number. Our receptionists usually will verify the number.

Childhood immunisation: Please make sure you bring your children to their immunisation appointment. It will put your child and other children at risk if you do not have an up-to-date immunisation status for you child.

Unfortunately we recently noticed that a number of our pre-school children did not attend their scheduled appointment. Obviously we will contact everybody who did not attend for this immunisation but this is an unnecessary delay in your child’s protection. If you wish to reschedule the appointment for any reason please phone our receptionists and they will be helpful in finding a new appointment.

Medication : You may have noticed that we are actively attempting to reduce the prescription of pain killers and antibiotics. Most runny noses and cough do not require antibiotics and the doctors may have told and explained this to you this during a consultation for this reason.

Along with all other GP practices we attempt to reduce the use of long term strong painkillers. Long term use can lead to a number of significant side effects in your liver and kidney, to addiction etc. The most common of these medication are Co-Codamol, Tramadol, Dihydrocodeine, Ibuprofen, Diclofenac etc We will not stop these medication at once but we try to reduce their strength and the amount you are using during a month. There may also be alternatives to your painkiller and we try hard to offer the best solution in each individual case.

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. New medication from hospital visits can only prescribed once we have written confirmation from the hospital clinic.

In February 31 patients did not turn up for their pre-booked appointments and 11 patients did not attend their appointment booked on the same day!

These patients did not cancel their appointments and it means 42 of our patients missed appointments in only one month.


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.



Dr Michael Kohlhagen and Partners