Book your free flu jab today!
Call our reception to book an appointment on 01728 830526.
The Flu vaccination is free on the NHS for anyone over the age of 65 or in an 'at risk' group*.
What is Flu?
To many people, flu is a very bad cold, however to health care professionals the flu is a known particular infection caused by the influenza virus. Flu, in the sense, is an illness that develops very rapidly, making a person go from feeling well to very ill within a few hours or a day.
As well as having a fever, the sufferer can expect aching, and cold like symptoms such as a runny nose, coughing and sore throat. In more severe cases a sufferer may feel so weak and tired that they are confined to bed.
Lots of people are able to recover from the flu with rest, cold medicines and pain relief, however, for older people or people suffering with certain health conditions the flu can be particularly dangerous. It is for this ‘at risk’ group of people that the vaccination is recommended.
Who should have a flu vaccine?*
The injected flu vaccine is offered free of charge on the NHS to people who are considered ‘at risk’.
This is to help protect them against catching flu and developing serious complications.
You should have the flu vaccine if you:
- are 65 years old or over
- are pregnant
- have certain long term medical conditions
- are living in a long-stay residential care home or another long-stay care facility
- receive a carer's allowance, or are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill
Book Your Shingles Vaccination Today!
Shingles Vaccinations are free for Patients aged 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 78 or 79.
Contact our reception today on 01728 830526 to find our whether you are eligible and to book!
New Salaried Doctor
We would like to welcome Dr Fiona Hobday who has joined the clinical team. Dr Hobday will be working on a Wednesday, Thursday afternoon and Friday.
New Clinical Pharmacist
We would like to welcome Lucy Beer, who has joined the team as a our new Clinical Pharmacist. Lucy is an independant prescriber and will being seeing patients with minor illnesses.
What is a Clinical Pharmacist?
Clinical pharmacists are health professionals who train to become specialists in medicines. They can work directly with you as part of the GP team to make sure your medicines help you to get better and stay well.
What do Clinical Pharmacists do?
- Evaluate the appropriateness and effectiveness of the patient’s medications.
- Recognize untreated health problems that could be improved or resolved with appropriate medication therapy.
- Follow the patient’s progress to determine the effects of the patient’s medications on his or her health.
- Advise the patient on how to best take his or her medications.
New Physician's Associate
We would like to welcome Aine Begley, who is joining the team as our full-time Physician's Associate.
What is Physician's Associate?
Physician Associates are collaborative healthcare professionals who work alongside and under the direct supervision of the GPs.
What do Physician's Associates do?
- Carry out physical examinations
- See patients with undifferentiated diagnosis/long-term chronic conditions
- Perform diagnostic and therapeutic procedures
- Develop and deliver appropriate treatment and management plans
We are pleased to announce we have a new Registrar Dr Julia Payne joining us for a 6 month placement.
New Health Care Assistant
We are pleased to welcome Lola Jarvis to our team. Lola previously worked as a Phlebotomist for Leiston Surgery, and has now joined the team as a Health Care Assistant.
Self Service Launch Event
The Leiston Surgery has a the new BMI and Blood Pressure Machines which will provide self monitoring service for patients. Please come along during our open hours to use either of the new self-services machines, full instructions and guidance is available on how to process your results.
Increase in Prescription Charges
The NHS Prescription charge increase from 1st April 2019. The government has announced an increase to the NHS prescription charge of 20 pence to £9.00 per prescription item.
Patient Online Service
You are now able to book appointments/request repeat medication and test results online with our Patient Online Service.
Pick up a form from reception to sign up, you will receive your own username and password to enable you to access the service and all of its benefits.
Join our Patient Participation Group
Be the voice of the patients and join our Patient Participant Group.
Call reception on 01728 830526 for more information.
Open the Bag!
Every year in East Suffolk, approximately £2.1m is wasted on unused prescription medicine
- £630k worth is left unused in people’s homes
- £780k worth is returned unused to pharmacies
- £350k worth is thrown away unused by care homes
- £350k worth is wasted in other ways, including the cost of safe disposal
Once an unwanted medicine has left the pharmacy, it cannot be used even if it’s not been opened.
By reducing the amount of medicines being wasted each year, we could increase the available funding for other health services.
OPEN THE BAG.
If you don’t need the medicine hand it back to the pharmacist or delivery driver which means it can be used safely by someone else.