If you are eligible for a flu vaccination, please ring the surgery or book in at reception for an appointment. Our clinics will be on:
Friday 6th October 2017
14:00 - 18:00
Saturday 7th October 2017
09:00 - 11:00
Friday 20th October 2017
14:00 - 18:00
Saturday 21st October 2017
09:00 - 11:00
You are eligible to receive a free flu jab if you:
- are 65 years of age or over
- are pregnant
- have certain medical conditions - please click here
- are living in a long-stay residential care home or other long-stay care facility
- receive a carer's allowance, or you are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill.
Front-line health and social care workers are also eligible to receive the flu vaccine. It is your employer's responsibility to arrange and pay for this vaccine.
For more information about the flu vaccination please click here.
A vaccine to prevent shingles, a common, painful skin disease is available on the NHS to certain people in their 70s.
The shingles vaccine is given as a single injection into the upper arm. Unlike the flu jab, you'll only need to have the vaccination once and you can have it at any time of the year.
The shingles vaccine is expected to reduce your risk of getting shingles. If you are unlucky enough to go on to have the disease, your symptoms may be milder and the illness shorter.
Shingles can be very painful and uncomfortable. Some people are left with pain lasting for years after the initial rash has healed. And shingles is fatal for around 1 in 1,000 over-70s who develop it.
It's fine to have the shingles vaccine if you've already had shingles. The shingles vaccine works very well in people who have had shingles before and it will boost your immunity against further shingles attacks.
Who can have the shingles vaccination?
You are eligible for the shingles vaccine if you are aged 70 or 78 years old.
In addition, anyone who was eligible for immunisation in the previous three years of the programme but missed out on their shingles vaccination remains eligible until their 80th birthday. This includes:
- anyone in their 70s who were born after 1 September 1942 and not yet had the vaccine.
- anyone aged 79 years old who have missed out on the vaccine in previous years.
People aged 80 and over are not eligible for the Shingles Vaccination because the vaccine becomes less effective as people get older.
You can have the shingles vaccination at any time of year, though many people will find it convenient to have it at the same time as their annual flu vaccination.
Who should not have the shingles vaccination?
You should not have the shingles vaccine if you:
- have a weakened immune system (for example, because of cancer treatment , if you take steroid tablets , if you've had your spleen removed, or if you've had an organ transplant – your doctor will advise whether this applies to you)
- you've had a serious allergic reaction (including an anaphylactic reaction ) to a previous dose of any of the substances in the vaccine, such as neomycin and gelatin – again, your GP can advise you if this applies to you
- you've had a serious allergic reaction (including an anaphylactic reaction) to a previous dose of the chickenpox vaccine
- have an untreated TB infection
There's more information about shingles vaccination in this NHS leaflet.
Newsletter - Autumn 2017
Please take a look at our new newsletter. We would like to e-mail this out to our patients so if we don't have record of your e-mail or need to check if it's still up to date, please let reception know so we can add you to our mailing list.
QCMC Newsletter - Autumn 2017
QUEEN CAMEL HEALTH WALKS
What is a Health Walk?
South Somerset's Health Walks Scheme is run by SSDC's Healthy Lifestyles Team and is an accredited Walking for Health Initiative. Our Health Walks are led by trained Health Walk Leaders and are a great way of getting exercise and meeting people. From beginners to challenging walks there are walks suitable for everyone.
Why not take a health walk and enjoy the beautiful South Somerset countryside? You could make new friends, relieve stress and benefit your health. Walking is simple, free and one of the easiest ways to get more active, lose weight and become healthier. It's underrated as a form of exercise but walking is ideal for people of all ages and fitness levels who want to be more active.
Regular walking has been shown to reduce the risk of chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, asthma, stroke and some cancers. Read more about the benefits of taking a health walk.
Why not join us for a Queen Camel Health Walk (patients only). Please click on link below for more information about meeting points and dates of when these take place.
Queen Camel Health Walks.pdf
NHS SAFETY PLEDGE
We have recently signed up for this please click here to see our five sign up safety pledges.
Recently in th South West, NHS England South SW have received a number of reports from GP practices regarding patients who have been "cold called" by representatives of various companies. These callers (both by phone and in person), seem to know the patient's medical history and sometimes say that this information has been obtained from the GP Practice. NO GP PRACTICE WILL EVER DIVULGE YOUR MEDICAL HISTORY.
If you receive such a call please report it to:
ActionFraud either via the online fraud reporting form or make your report by calling 0300 123 2040.
Please click here for further information and how to protect yourself from fraud.
Thank you for the overwhelming support and positive comments that we received. We are very pleased that we were good in all domains with some outstanding areas. For more information please click on the link below.
All patients have an accountable GP. If you have any doubt as to who this is please contact the surgery on 01935 850225.
ABDOMINAL AORTIC ANEURYSM (AAA) SCREENING
Men aged 65 over can now self refer for AAA screening. Men who are most at risk include those with a family history, high blood pressure or smoke/have ever smoked. If you would like to be screened please ring 01823 344567 to book a convenient appointment.
FRIENDS AND FAMILY TEST
Please take our friends and family survey
Please click here if you would like to see our results from October 2014
ONLINE ACCESS - book your appointments & order your medication online
If you don't currently have access and you would like to book your appointments and order your repeat medication online you need to request a 'Emis Access Registration Letter' from us. You can do this by either ringing us on 01935 850225 or you can e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Just put 'EMIS ACCESS' in the subject box and just put your name and date of birth in the message area and we will post you the letter. It would also be helpful if you could put your up to date mobile number on there aswell and we can update your medical records. This is sometimes an easier way for us to get hold of you if we ever needed to. Thank you. Please see attached Statement of Intent.
COMMENTS & SUGGESTIONS
If You have a suggestion as to how we can improve our service please either leave a message here or contact the Practice Manager Mrs Linda Bickerton.
Send us Your Comments and Suggestions
View the results of our national survey here
View our latest survey results here
Would you like a say in the provision of services here at Queen Camel? If so, click here to find out more.
(Site updated 12/09/2017)