We recommend several health checks in order to detect unsuspected disorders early:

Cervical smears - women between 25-64 should have a cervical smear every three years and women over the age of 50 should have a cervical smear every five years. Younger women may require more regular smears.

male_female_symbolsScreening mammograms - women between 50-65 will be offered these every three years.

Pre-conception advice - immunity to German measles should be checked and folic acid supplements started before a pregnancy if possible. Smoking and alcohol are harmful in pregnancy and should be avoided. It is particularly recommended that women with ongoing health problems such as epilepsy, heart disease and renal disease seek medical advice prior to pregnancy as this can help prevent problems for both mother and baby.

Blood Pressure - All adults should have their blood pressure checked every five years. Avoid smoking, excessive alcohol and reduce salt intake. Smoking cessation help is available.

Adult Immunisations - All adults should be immunised against tetanus.

Flu Vaccination - We recommend this annually for certain patients. Those with:

  • Age > 65 years
  • Diabetes
  • Ischaemic heart disease
  • Asthma
  • Chronic lung disease
  • Renal disease „
  • Immunocompromised
  • Pregnant
  • Morbid obesity BMI>40
  • Multiple Sclerosis

If in doubt whether you need it please ask. All of the above groups are invited to attend.

Pneumococcal vaccination - All of the above at risk groups should be considered for a single dose of pneumovax. This is only required once.

Click here to access the Pneumo Aware website, which provides information about pneumococcal disease and the national immunisation programme to members of the public with diabetes.

This link will direct you to an MSD website.

Shingles vaccinationShingles is a painful condition caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. Anyone can get it, but it's most common in older people.

The main symptom of shingles is a painful, blotchy rash on a part of your body. It mainly affects the skin, but can sometimes affect the eyes too.
Click here to access the Shingles Aware website, which is designed to provide members of the public with educational information about shingles and the national immunisation programme.

This link will direct you to an MSD website.

 
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