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In July 2019 106 appointments were wasted by patients failing to attend.  If you cannot attend for an appointment, please ring and cancel it in good time so that it can be used for someone else.  

If you receive a text message reminder for your appointment you can always cancel it simply by replying CANCEL to the message.

FLU vaccines 2019 - vaccine becomes available for those patients aged 65 and over from September - please contact the surgery to book an appointment now.  For eligible patients aged under 65 years the vaccine becomes available from mid October - clinics for these will be arranged when the delivery dates for the vaccine is known so please contact us towards the end of September.

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Note that this Facebook page is NOT for booking appointments, ordering prescriptions etc.

Screening

Cervical Screening (Smear) Tests are carried out by our Practice Nurses here at the surgery.  Women will be sent an invitation letter when their screening is due.  It is a simple test which really does save lives and we would strongly encourage you to make an appointment to attend when you receive your invitation.

Breast Screening (mammogram) invitations are sent out by NHS England to all women aged 50-70 years every three years.  These are carried out by trained specialist nurses at local clinics.  You will be sent your results directly from the service.  This screening is important and really does save lives and we would strongly encourage you to attend when you receive an appointment.

Bowel Cancer Screening - self testing kits are sent out by NHS England to all men and women aged 60-74 years every two years.  This screening can save lives and we would strongly encourage you to complete the home test and send it off as directed in your information pack.  If you have any questions about this, or if you require a replacement kit for any reason, you can ring the service on 0800 707 6060.

Shingles

If you are aged 70 - 79 you may now be eligible to receive a shingles vaccination - NHS England is releasing these vaccines in stages.  information-for-people-in-england

Vaccination is currently being offered to those who are aged 70, 78 and 79, and to anyone in their seventies who was born after 1st September 1942. People who are in their seventies but are not yet eligible for vaccination, will be offered vaccination in future years under the national programme.

For more information, and to find out if you are currently eligible please visit www.shinglesaware.co.uk   If you are eligible and would like to receive the vaccine, please contact the surgery and book an appointment with the Practice Nurse.

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