Bexley Medical Groups is very proud to share the news that Dr Samra has been awarded an unsung hero award by Pulse Today for her hard work and planning during the pandemic:
Dr Hardip Samra
London-based GP Dr Samra has been praised for her ‘meticulous planning’ during the pandemic. Her colleague Dr Kosta Manis nominated her after witnessing her volunteer not only to organise her practice’s hot hub, but also work for the borough’s local version too, despite the risk to herself – being of a minority ethnic group. She sourced World Health Organisation-level PPE and trained staff in its use.
Pulse Today 20 August 2020
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This questionnaire has been created by the PPG, a group of Bexley Medical Group patients who have volunteered, on behalf of all users of the Surgery to ensure that we receive the very best possible health care both now and in the future. Please take a few moments to complete the questionnaire. Thank you in advance on behalf of the PPG for taking time to complete the questionnaire
Flu information 2020-21
COVID-19 has meant that we have to carry out flu clinic a little differently this year.
We will be prioritising patients that are clinically at risk or 65 years or over first. Our Flu clinics will be starting from 12/09/2020 for patients that are over 65 years or older this is because these vaccines are arriving first. We are expecting the under 65 year flu vaccines to be delivered in October so will have clinics available in October for these patients.
People who are eligible for the NHS flu vaccine this year include:
- those aged 65 and over
- those aged 6 months to 64 with a long-term health condition
- children aged 2 to 3 (on 31 August 2019) via their GP practice
- school children in years reception, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 (given via school)
- pregnant women
- health and social care workers
- People living with someone who’s at high risk from Coronavirus (on the NHS shielded patient list)
Due to social distancing we will not be able to have as many patients as usual in the Surgery at any one time so please arrive at your booked time. If you arrive early or late you may be asked to rebook or wait outside the surgery until it is safe for us to admit you.
You will need to wear a face covering which covers your nose and mouth.
You will need to queue with strict social distancing - just like at the supermarket.
Before entering the waiting room, you will need to sanitise your hands and have your temperature checked by a member of staff. You will need to maintain social distancing throughout as you get your coat/top layers off and arm exposed whilst in the waiting room. Please wear practical clothing that can be easily removed to expose your arm ie: short sleeved t-shirt, with an easily removable top layer if the weather is chilly or wet.
Please note that people in the 50-64-year old age group will not be vaccinated until November and December, providing there is sufficient vaccine, and no appointments will be offered for this age group until then. This is to ensure that those who are most at risk are vaccinated first. If you are 50-64 and you are in one of the other groups which is eligible for the flu vaccination, for example you have a health condition which puts you at risk from the flu, you will be invited earlier.
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It's safe and may be more convenient for you to have the shingles or Pneumococcal vaccine at the same time as your flu vaccine in the autumn. Please see below information for eligibility:
Who can have the shingles vaccine?
You're eligible for the shingles vaccine if you're aged 70 or 78 years old.
In addition, anyone who was previously eligible (born on or after 2 September 1942) but missed out on their shingles vaccination remains eligible until their 80th birthday.
When you're eligible, you can have the shingles vaccination at any time of year.
The shingles vaccine is not available on the NHS to anyone aged 80 and over because it seems to be less effective in this age group. Find out if you are eligible for a free shingles vaccine here
Is there anyone who should not have the shingles vaccination?
You should not have the shingles vaccine if:
- you have a weakened immune system (for example, because of cancer treatment, if you take steroid tablets, or you have had an organ transplant – your doctor will advise whether this applies to you)
- you have had a serious allergic reaction (including an anaphylactic reaction) to a previous dose of any of the substances in the vaccine, such as neomycin and gelatin – again, your GP can advise you if this applies to you
- you have had a serious allergic reaction (including an anaphylactic reaction) to a previous dose of the chickenpox vaccine
- you have an untreated TB infection
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If you're 65 or over, you are entitled to a type of pneumococcal vaccine known as the pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPV).
This one-off vaccination is very effective at protecting you against serious forms of pneumococcal infection. People with health problems and the pneumococcal vaccine The PPV vaccine is available on the NHS for children and adults aged from 2 to 64 years old who are at a higher risk of developing a pneumococcal infection than the general population. This is generally the same people who are eligible for annual flu vaccination. You're considered to be at a higher risk of a pneumococcal infection if you have:
- had your spleen removed, your spleen does not work properly, or you're at risk of your spleen not working properly in future (for example, if you have coeliac disease)
- a long-term respiratory disease, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- heart disease, such as congenital heart disease
- chronic kidney disease
- chronic liver disease, such as liver cirrhosis
- a suppressed immune system caused by a health condition, such as HIV
- a suppressed immune system caused by medicines, such as chemotherapy or steroid tablets
- a cochlear implant (a hearing device) – Action on Hearing Loss has more information about cochlear implants
- had a leak of cerebrospinal fluid (the clear fluid that surrounds the brain and spine) – this could be the result of an accident or surgery
Adults and children who are severely immunocompromised (including anyone with leukaemia, multiple myeloma, genetic disorders affecting the immune system, or after a bone marrow transplant) usually have a single dose of PCV followed by PPV. Welders and metal workers and the pneumococcal vaccine Some people with an occupational risk are advised to have the pneumococcal vaccine, including those who work with metal fumes, such as welders.
Smoking during Covid-19
We are taking part in the SUMMIT study what is the SUMMIT Study?
The SUMMIT Study is a large-scale study involving 50,000 people aged 50-77 living in north and east London. Half of the participants will be people who currently smoke or have smoked regularly in the past (Group A) and the other half will be those who do not have significant smoking histories (Group B).
Why are we conducting the study?
The study has two main aims: the first is to detect lung cancer early using the proven method of low-dose CT (LDCT) screening of at-risk individuals. The second aim is to support the development of a new blood test for the early detection of lung and other cancers.
Please let our Reception team know if you do not want the study tea\m to have your information. Please see further information below or visit: www.summitstudy.co.uk
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