Ebola Virus Outbreak
October 2014

imageEbola virus disease is a serious, usually fatal, disease for which there are no licensed treatments or vaccines. But for people living in countries outside Africa, it continues to be a very low threat.

The recent outbreak of the Ebola virus mainly affects three countries in West Africa: Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Around 8,300 cases and more than 4,000 deaths have been reported across these countries by the World Health Organization. This is the largest known outbreak of Ebola.

So far, there has been just one imported case of Ebola in the UK. If you suspect you might have ebola, please DO NOT visit the surgery. Call instead for urgent and prompt advice. Click here or the icon on the left for more information.

Shingles Vaccination
October 2014

imageA vaccine to prevent shingles, a common, painful skin disease is available on the NHS to certain people in their 70s. The shingles vaccine is given as a single injection for people aged 70, 78 or 79.

Unlike the flu jab, you'll only need to have the vaccination once and you can have it at any time of the year. The shingles vaccine is expected to reduce your risk of getting shingles. If you are unlucky enough to go on to have the disease, your symptoms may be milder and the illness shorter. To read more about the shingles vaccination, please visit the NHS choices website or click on the PDF icon on the left to download the patient information leaflet.