Latest MenB Vaccine Information
In light of recent media reports regarding vaccine schedules for MeningitisB and MeningitisACWY vaccines, we have sought guidance from both Public Health and our local immunisation department Bridge Park Plaza and can confirm the following:
MeningitisB Current Advice:
Babies born on or after 1st May 2015 will be given MenB as part of the national immunisation programme at age 2 months, 4 months and 1 year.
Any child born outside of this age group (born before 1st May 2015) will not be offered the vaccine and there is currently no planned catch up.
Parents are free to seek the vaccine privately, we are not allowed to recommend clinics, and you are advised to “Google” or use the yellow pages to find private clinics. It would be worth mentioning that the price quoted for this is £150 per vaccine and there are three in the course. It is also worth mentioning that there is currently a national shortage of this vaccine.
MeningitisACWY Current Advice:
This vaccine is currently only being given to teenagers as part of their teen booster from the age of 14 - this is now scheduled to be done in schools; however we can vaccinate children who missed the vaccine at school.
Fresher years going to college/university and adolescents (aged 18) are also being vaccinated; they are being invited by the surgery but if they haven't received an invite they can still be booked in - check with reception that we have sufficient vaccines before booking your appointment.
Babies and children are NOT being given this vaccine.
The Practice is please to announce that Dr Rana will be joining the team from 1st December 2015. He will be working on a Monday and a Friday and patient's are free to make an appointment with him. We hope you will join us in wishing him a warm welcome to Alpine House and the team.
Dr Schofield has taken the decision to reduce his hours at the Practice, we hope you will support him and the Practice in this decision as there will be times when it will not be possible to book an appointment with him. His working hours are yet to be confirmed but will start from December 1st 2015.
NHS Health Checks
The NHS health Check programme is part of a government plan to focus on a "predict and prevent" approach to health by giving patients the necessary information about their health whilst supporting changes to lifestyle. Please ask at reception.
- A preventative check to patients aged between 40 and 74
- Assess risk against Cardiovascular disease (CVD)
- Supports prevention of heart disease, stroke diabetes and kidney disease
- Provides support and advice
For your convenience, the surgery are now offering early appointments on a Monday and Friday morning. Please speak to reception if you wish to book.
As you are probably well aware, there are increasing financial pressures affecting most aspects of our lives - the NHS / Primary Care is no exception. One of the main problems is the forever increasing cost of prescribed drugs for which there are frequently cheaper options which are no less effective and do not compromise patient care.
At Alpine House, we are under continued increasing pressure from our local Leicestershire Commissioning Group to endeavour to make savings where possible. Unfortunately at present we are over-spent with regards our allocated drug budget and it is of great importance for us to attempt to reduce this overspend or to at least break even – if we do not do so, this may have significant repercussions for the practice.
Hence we plan to review a large number of prescribed medications and target individual drugs on a monthly basis
If you are affected by these changes and have any concerns with regards this or the change in medication upsets you, then we would be very grateful if you could contact your usual Doctor in order to discuss matters further.