We will from 2019, be bringing out a bi-annual newsletter to keep you up to date with the latest news. We will be uploading this above.
The flu vaccination is a yearly jab to help protect those vulnerable against the flu virus. It only takes a few minutes and will last you for a year.
Only certain people meet the criteria for a flu vaccination on the NHS. Those include, but are not limited to:
- Over 65's
- Pregnant women
- Those in longterm care or residential homes
- Those with longterm medical conditions, such as:
- asthma or other respiratory diseases (COPD, bronchitis)
- chronic heart disease
- chronic kidney disease
- chronic liver disease
- chronic neurological disorders (Parkinson's, MS, Motor Neuron Disease, Huntington's), cerebral palsy or learning difficulties
- spleen problems (e.g. sickle cell disease)
- a weakened immune system, for example if you are undergoing chemotherapy, have cancer, are HIV positive, have AIDS, are on steroid medication, or if you have a family member who has a weakened immune system
- work within the health industry (please contact your workplace or Occupational Health)
- children (aged between 2-5 years) at your GP practice. If they are over 5, then they will receive this at school
If you are unsure about your vaccination status, or if you are entitled to a flu vaccine on the NHS, please ask a member of reception. If you are not in the entitled group and would still like a flu vaccine, please contact your local pharmacy (a small fee will apply).
Please do not phone up to book for your flu vaccination appointment, even if you qualify for a vaccination, until you receive an invitation. You will receive a letter through the post or a text once the vaccines are delivered and will be invited to attend a flu clinic. Please keep your contact details including move of address or telephone number (note- these do not automatically update if you are a student, you need to inform us).
If you feel you quality for a flu vaccination and have not received a letter by November - please contact us.
The practice also takes part in a national surveillance sentinel swabbing service for those with flu. This assists with public health and to make the next year's flu vaccine more effective. Please contact us for more information.
As of 1 October 2019 there will be no childhood immunisations carried out at APMC.
All children from the ages of 0-5 years (preschool) will be required to attend Bridge of Allan Health Centre. You will receive a letter in the post regarding when your child's vaccinations are due, and to attend Bridge of Allan Health Centre where they will be running a childhood immunisation clinic. The number for this clinic is 01786 454599.
Please get in touch if you have any questions.
Please be aware, that since the introduction of the 2018 GDPR regulations, we may be asking you more security questions.
What this means for you?
We may be asking for you to confirm certain information before speaking to you on the phone. Rest assured, although it may be tiring to have to answer each time you phone, this is for your own security.
If requesting certain information regarding your medical data, we may require identification and for you to fill out a form.
The age of consent to private medical information
Subject access requests for children aged 12 and over:
The law in Scotland states that all children aged 12 and over are deemed to have capacity to give consent to accessing their medical records, unless there is a medical reason that they do not have capacity.
By LAW, they are entitled to make the decision as to who can assess their records and what information is provided. The GP is also entitled to speak to a child of this age on their own, to ensure there is no pressure from either parent (however they can have a medical member of staff as a chaperone).
We cannot discuss any clinical information with parents of children aged 12 and over without their consent. Please note, for parents phoning up for advice regarding their children of this age, or to discuss medication, we will need consent from your child.
As suggested, this can be in the following options:
- Disclose all records
- Do not disclose any records
- Patient chooses what part of their record to disclose
This is the same for spouses/partners/family members.
As before, test results will explicably not be available to anyone who is not the patient without prior consent.
Extension of HPV Vaccines
In the upcoming academic year (2019/2020) the HPV vaccine (protection against HPV types 6, 11, 16 and 18) will be offered to boys in S1, as well as girls, in their routine school vaccination programme.
The existing female vaccination programme for HPV has been extremely successful, with the levels of cancer-causing HPV in Scotland dropping around 90% in young women (note - not all HPV develops into cancer). The introduction of the male HPV for first year students will help reduce the risk of associated cancers and genital warts in the population.
A catch-up programme for older boys at school will not be offered on the NHS.
However, the HPV vaccine is available for gay, bisexual or MSM (men who have sex with men) up to the age of 45. Please speak to your GP regarding this or attend a sexual health or HIV clinic.
If you are worried you have missed out on your HPV vaccine, please get in contact. Note catch-up vaccines are only available for females under 25 who would have been eligable under routine, or boys who have become eligible from this upcoming academic year (2019/2020)
For foreign students who are interested in an HPV vaccine, this is available from the Campus Pharmacy (Right Medicine) in the atrium, however this is done at a charge (£125 per dose - 3 doses overall).
Parking on university campus
While parking for NHS patients has been free by using a 'token' system, due to misue we have now replaced this with a ticket that will be issued by the front desk when you check in (if using the self-service check in, please ask a receptionist for one).
Please note - due to circumstances out with our control - the University Parking is just trialling this. If successful, we should hope to provide free parking for patients. Please be aware of the possibility that the University may decide to charge NHS patients for parking in the future, if the current system is not deemed suitable.
We will keep you updated if there are any changes to this system.