Monthly Archives: October 2016

Diabetic Patients – Important Information

If you are contacted directly by a manufacturer or other organisation to try using a different insulin therapy system you should first discuss this with your diabetes specialist to avoid risk of hyperglycaemia, hypoglycaemia or diabetic ketoacidosis.

Patients are reminded to:

  • Use devices that have been recommended or prescribed for them by their diabetes specialist
  • Not to stop or change their prescribed insulin management regimen without seeking the advice of their diabetes specialist
  • Contact their diabetes specialist if they are invited by a manufacturer to trial a new device e.g. via social media

Shingles vaccinations

Shingles Vaccinations

Shingles is an infection of a nerve and the area of skin supplied by the nerve. It is caused by a virus called the varicella-zoster virus. It is the same virus that causes chickenpox. Anyone who has had chickenpox in the past may develop shingles. Shingles is sometimes called herpes zoster. About 1 in 5 people have shingles at some time in their life. It can occur at any age, but it is most common in people over the age of 50.

There is now a vaccine which can help protect against the varicella-zoster virus and has been shown in large studies to be effective in reducing the risk of older people developing shingles. The vaccine has been shown to be safe with very few side-effects.

The current vaccination program has been rolling out since 2013 and this year extends to those who are aged 70, 71, 72, 73, 78 or 79 on 1st September 2016. If you are eligible please contact the surgery and make an appointment with our Healthcare Assistant Julie.