Young Londoners are eligible for a free MenACWY vaccine. It was made available free of charge in October last year, as part of a move by NHS England and Public Health England to drive up uptake of the vaccine.
All those aged 18 to 25 are eligible for the free vaccine. Those who might have missed the vaccination in previous years remain eligible up until their 25th birthday, whether attending university or not. You can visit Meningitis Research Foundation’s online for eligibility checker. Young people can get the vaccination from their GP all year round. MenACWY vaccine is now available at Andover Medical Centre.
We would like to thank representatives from Islington Age UK, Get Back on Track, Help on Your Doorstep, Patient Self-Management Team and the Alcohol Specialist Nurse for supporting our Open Day at the Andover Medical Centre!
Current alert level: Level 3 – Cold Weather Action
There is a 90% probability of severe cold weather/icy conditions/heavy snow between 0800 on Thursday 07 Dec and 0600 on Wednesday 13 Dec in parts of England. This weather could increase the health risks to vulnerable patients and disrupt the delivery of services. Please refer to the national Cold Weather Plan and your Trust’s emergency plan for appropriate preventive action.
Cold Arctic air is expected to spread south across all parts of England through Thursday and Friday. A brisk northerly wind will give significant wind chill. Whilst many areas will remain dry with sunny spells through the day, occasional snow showers are expected giving localized accumulations and icy patches. These are possible anywhere, although most likely in northwest England and West Midlands on Thursday into Friday, and also northeast England and east coastal areas. A band of rain moving east on Sunday and Monday is likely to turn to sleet or snow parts of the East of England, the Midlands, and areas northwards, potentially producing further accumulations. This period of cold weather is then likely to continue into next week, beyond the current alert period.
An update will be issued when the alert level changes in any region. Alerts are issued once a day by 0900 if required and are not subject to amendment in between standard issue times. Note that the details of the forecast weather are valid at the time of issue but may change over the period that an alert remains in force.
Walk-in flu vaccine clinic at the practice will be open on Monday evenings (6.30-7.30 pm) and Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings (10-12pm). But you may also have your flu vaccine done during regular clinic times at a pre-bookable appointment with our Healthcare Assistant Tanya O’Brien.
Children’s Flu Vaccines are available to children who are 2-3years old and those under 16years old who are at risk due to a chronic condition. Please contact the practice to confirm that your child is eligible and to book an appointment with the practice nurse.
Please notice that at present we are experiencing a National shortage of the Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B vaccines. We advise our patients to book their travel appointments in advance and/or seek advice from alternative Travel Clinics.
For further clarification please enquire at reception.
For the majority of people it is about common sense – staying cool, drinking plenty of water to maintain hydration, and avoiding sunburn. However, some groups can be particularly vulnerable and at much greater risk of harm, especially those with underlying heart and lung conditions, older people, babies and young children. Looking out for people in these groups is important while most of England swelters under high temperatures.
The top ways for staying safe when the heat arrives are to:
look out for others, especially older people, young children and babies and those with underlying health conditions
close curtains on rooms that face the sun to keep indoor spaces cooler and remember it may be cooler outdoors than indoors
drink plenty of water as sugary, alcoholic and caffeinated drinks can make you more dehydrated
never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals
try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm
take care and follow local safety advice, if you are going into the water to cool down
walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a hat, if you have to go out in the heat
avoid physical exertion in the hottest parts of the day
wear light, loose fitting cotton clothes
make sure you take water with you, if you are travelling
Unusual levels of UV are also being recorded in the UK at the moment – with the strength of the UV in some spots being as high as that in Cyprus and Gibraltar. This has prompted warnings that people should take extra care in the sun at the moment and should keep an eye on PHE’s UV monitors.