May Day Bank Holida
The surgery will be closed on 4th may 2015 and reopen as usual on the 5th May.
Whooping cough is a disease that can cause long bouts of coughing and choking, which can make it hard to breathe. It can be very serious for young children, and even fatal for babies under one year old.
Newborn babies are likely to have little or no protection against whooping cough until they have been fully vaccinated themselves. The vaccination of pregnant mothers will help to protect children from birth until they are old enough to be vaccinated themselves, as antibodies passed from the pregnant mother to her unborn child should provide some protection to the baby in the first few weeks of life. Vaccination of babies is routinely given at two, three and four months of age, with a booster administered three years later.
The vaccine which will be given to expectant mothers through this programme, called Repevax®, will also provide protection against diphtheria, tetanus and polio, in addition to whooping cough. There is no evidence to suggest that the use of this vaccine during pregnancy is unsafe for either the expectant mother or their unborn baby. The vaccine is not live and cannot cause whooping cough. There may be some mild side effects from this vaccination, such as swelling, redness or tenderness, although serious side effects are extremely rare.
Click here for the Public Health Agency - Patient Information Leaflet
For the first week of any illness you should use the SC2 self certification form. These forms are no longer available at reception. Click here to print a copy of the SC2, once it has been completed take it to your employer.
If your illness lasts longer than one week, you need to see a doctor regarding further certification.
Patient Participation Group
If you are interesting in joining a patient group please contact the Practice Manager for more details.