Proposed Merger with Hanway Medical Practice
You may have become aware of a proposed merger between Portsdown Group Practice and Hanway Medical Practice. Any communications regarding the merge process will be posted on our patient forum https://www.myppg.co.uk/ with hard copies of documents available at Kingston Crescent Surgery. If you wish to be kept up to date with the merger process, please register for myPPG. You can also access an FAQ here.
Get vaccinated against Flu or face a 'Christmas to forget', senior doctor warns
The telegraph posted an important artice to remind patients that vaccination agains flu is extremely important now that flu cases are on the rise:
Children should be vaccinated against the flu before they visit their grandparents so they avoid a "Christmas to forget", a senior doctor has warned.
Less than a third of two and three-year-olds have had jabs this year, official figures show, leaving millions exposed to the highly-infectious disease.
The situation could lead to elderly people who are more vulnerable to the flu being infected by their younger relatives, medical professionals have warned.
Children in particular are considered "super-spreaders" of the bug because they generally have poorer hygeine than adults.
They are also likely to come into close proximity with other people, such as when they are picked up or hugged by their relatives.
NHS National medical director Stephen Powis urged the 25 million Britons eligible for the free vaccination to "get your jab now".
"We know that children are 'super spreaders' of flu, particularly around the holiday season when they're more likely to see elderly relatives," he said.
"So our message is simple: the flu season is here, get your jab now.
"It might be the difference between a Christmas to remember, and one to forget."
Public Health England (PHE) has also revealed that the number of people with flu-like symptoms booking doctor's appointments rose by 24pc last week.
There were also 472 people hospitalised due to the flu over the past week, the organisation said.
The latest weekly data from PHE shows the hospitalisation rate from flu is now at “moderate intensity” - 5.06 admissions per 100,000 people, up from 4.01 admissions per 100,000 the previous week.
There has been 49 outbreaks of flu reported at care homes, 17 in hospitals and 94 at schools across England in the past week, PHE said.
It comes as vital NHS services are flooded with patients suffering from flu, pneumonia and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease exacerbated by the cold winter weather.
PHE has refreshed its Catch It, Bin It, Kill It campaign aiming to prevent the spread of the highly infectious disease with hygiene advice.
PHE medical director Professor Yvonne Doyle also urged parents with children aged two and three to get them vaccinated "as soon as possible".
She said: "The health service in England has prepared for its largest ever flu protection drive to help keep people well and ease pressure on urgent care services over the colder months."
Chief medical officer Chris Whitty said increasing numbers of people catching the infection puts pressure on hospital services, particularly as the disease worsens health conditions common among older people.
Professor Whitty said: "The winter flu season has started early in the UK and it is important that everyone who is eligible gets the flu jab from their GP or pharmacist.
"For older people and those with underlying health conditions, getting flu is particularly bad news because it can lead to really serious conditions like pneumonia and bronchitis, which can mean a lengthy stay in hospital.
"The vaccine is the best defence against flu whilst practising sensible hygiene can reduce the spread of flu."
People aged over 65, young children, pregnant women and those who have underlying medical conditions are particularly encouraged to book their flu jab, and get a vaccination from their GP.
Portsdown Group Practice offers flu vaccinations as a walk-in service, meaning no appointment is neccessary. For information on if you are eligible for a flu vaccination and how to get one, please click here.
Measles deaths 'staggering and tragic'
A recent BBC news article has revealed that approximatley 142,000 people - mostly children - died from measles in 2018.
Cases of measles continue to rise across the UK and Europe. We urge all patients to check their immunisation status with us when attending for appointments. The Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccination is available to all patients on request.
To read the BBC News article, please click here.
Appointment Booking via Telephone
Good news! We are making it easier for you to book routine appointments via the telephone. As of week commencing 26th August, the routine appointment line (option 2) will open at 10:00am NOT 8:00am. This will allow us to have more staff available to take your call. Please remember, you can also book appointments via our online booking service, please speak to our reception team for more information.
Measles cases surge in Europe as three more countries join the UK in no longer being infection free
Sky News reports that cases of Measles have surged to 90,000 in the first half of the year compared to the 84,462 seen in the whole of last year (2018). To read the full article please click here.
Measles is a highly infectious viral illness that can lead to serious health complications, including infections of the lungs and brain.
Portsdown Group Practice can provide a free Measles, Mumps & Rubella (MMR) vaccination to eligible patients. Please contact us to find out if you are eligible. For more information about the MMR vaccination, please click here.
Waterlooville Breathe Easy - Support for patients with a lung condition
The British Lung Foundation are running a support group for all patients with a lung condition. The events take place on the first Wednesday of every month, between 2-4 pm at Waterlooville Community Centre. For more information please click here to view the poster.
Routine Child Immunisations Uptake Dropping
The BBC report that routine childhood immunisation uptake is dropping in the U.K. It is extremely important to complete childhood immunisation courses to avoid being at risk of contracting various diseases. If your child is not up top date, please give us a call to book an appointment. The full story can be read here.