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.

Patient Participation Group Practice Survey 2013/2014
September 2014

imageSince 2011 the practice has engaged in undertaking an annual questionnaire.  The reasoning for undertaking this exercise is to establish where we can further enhance our patient experience and source feedback on how to further improve our patient pathways.

The subject of the questions are compiled from the results of the last survey, patient and practice priorities, government priorities, and any comments and suggestions through the in-house feedback forms.  Having approved these by the Patient Participation group the questionnaire is then developed. This last year we sent out the questionnaire to all our E-mail Patient Participation Group members, posted out in our routine call and recall letters and additionally handed out to various groups of patients at differing times of the day.  All this was actioned over a 2 month period from November 2013.

All questionnaires returned have been collated and analysed in-house.  For credibility and probity these have all been collated and saved in order to provide “the reasonable person” with confidence that the reported outcomes are valid.  Please click here to view the full questionnaire and agreed action plan..

Fund Raising

imageEvery year we fund raise for varying charities.  This year we have chosen to support two local charities: Louth & District Hospice and Louth Community Larder.  We hope that you will be supportive in our efforts to help both worthwile causes.