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New App

Local GPs in Stockport are encouraging residents to get ‘appy’ and look after their health by using their smartphones and tablets.

It’s estimated that four out of five people in the borough have a smartphone and medics want to tap in to this growing trend.

A Stockport Health & Care Finder app has been created to give people a chance to take more control of their own health. This will help to increase people’s understanding of how to use and access local health and social care services, self-care options and lifestyle opportunities.

The app will give users rapid and easy access to up-to-date local health and social care information including a directory of pharmacies, GPs, hospitals, clinics, care homes and other services.

At a touch of a button users will be able to find the services that are nearest to them at any time. For example, if you’re trying to find a late night chemist, the app will automatically sort out which are the closest to you and then give you the opening hours, address and contact details.

You can also set up favourites for faster access to the services you’re interested in and dial them directly from your app.

There are links on it to videos about how best to take care of yourself if you are ill and how to prevent ill health. The app can also be used to send out reminders about health checks and screening entitlements.

It’s also hoped the app will help to encourage high users of NHS services to get the right care in the right place.

http://stockportccg.org/you-your-health/stockport-health-care-finder-app-3/

WiFi

We now have WiFi installed at the practice which is free for our patients to use when they next visit the surgery, please look out for the log on details in the waiting room. Maybe you could.......

WHEN TO USE NHS 111

You should use the NHS 111 service if you urgently need medical help or advice but it's not a life-threatening situation. Please visit the following website for further information:-

http://www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/AboutNHSservices/Emergencyandurgentcareservices/Pages/NHS-111.aspx

HEARING LOOP

Hearing Loop

We have today installed a hearing loop at the practice. A hearing loop is a special type of sound system for use by people with hearing aids. The hearing loop provides a magnetic, wireless signal that is picked up by the hearing aid when it is set to ‘T’ (Telecoil) setting. We hope this will help our hard of hearing patients have a better experience at the practice.

Vaccinations

Fluenz – Children’s (nasal) flu vaccination

Over time, as the programme rolls out, all children between the ages of two and 16 will be vaccinated against flu each year with the nasal spray.

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Flu

This vaccination is given annually every October and November. It is recommended for the over 65s and anyone with other illnesses such as chronic bronchitis, asthma, heart disease, diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis as they are more likely to develop secondary infections. From September onwards do look out for information from Reception on how to obtain your vaccination.

If you are ‘At Risk', over 65yrs, pregnant or a carer, please telephone the surgery to arrange an appointment for your FREE FLU JAB whilst stocks last.

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Shingles

If you were aged 70 or 79 on 01/09/2013 you can have a vaccine to reduce your risk of getting shingles – a common, painful skin rash. You only need a single vaccine to cover you for life.

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Pneumovax

This vaccine is available all year round and is recommended for all over 65’s and those with long term health conditions. Please speak to the practice nurse to see if you are eligible.

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Pertussis (Whooping Cough)

Babies are not routinely vaccinated against whooping cough until they are two months old. Pregnant women can help protect their babies by getting vaccinated against whooping cough ( Pertussis) when they are 28 – 38 weeks pregnant. Please make an appointment with one of our practice nurses when you are 28 weeks pregnant.

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MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella)

Measles, mumps and rubella are very common, highly infectious, conditions that can have serious, potentially fatal, complications, including meningitis, swelling of the brain (encephalitis) and deafness.

They can also lead to complications in pregnancy that affect the unborn baby and can lead to miscarriage. Anyone can get measles if they haven't been vaccinated or had it before, although it's most common in children aged between one and four years old.

If your child has not had 2 MMR vaccines or if you are planning a pregnancy and you are not sure if you are fully protected; please speak to the practice nurse about the MMR vaccine.

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Child Immunisation

Immunisation prepares your child's body to fight disease. It is important for everyone to keep up his or her immunity. This protects your child and family and the wider community. Research shows that vaccines are the safest way of protecting your child's health.

Ask your Health Visitor for further information.

Childhood Immunisation Schedule

 
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