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Carers Information……

Carers Coffee Mornings

Carers coffee mornings are held regularly at St Johns HQ, The Walk. There is no need to book, just turn up! The next coffee mornings will be on:

  • Friday 6th October 2017
  • Friday 1st December 2017

Carers in Herts

Carers in Herts re running many Courses and Workshops during the year.  We realise most of these are not local to Potters Bar, however the “Caring in Confidence” Course and “Dementia Carer “Forums are being held at the Wyllotts Theatre, Darkes Lane.

For details of these and other Courses and Workshops available, please speak to Lynn, Carers Champion.  Please note Carers in Herts can help with alternative care costs and transport should you require it.


Everyone is at risk from developing heart disease, stroke, diabetes ,kidney disease and some forms of dementia. The good news is that these conditions can very often be prevented – even if you have a history of them in your family.

Patients between the ages of 40 and 74 are entitled to a free NHS Health Check. This will involve having a blood test and a 20 minute appointment with our Health Care Assistant. For more information download the NHS Health Check Leaflet

Please speak to reception to make an appointment for your free NHS Health Check.

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.

FLU VACCINATIONS, it’s not too late……

It’s not too late to get your flu vaccination

All patients over the age of 65 and those under 65 in the  “at risk groups” including those patients with asthma, diabetes, chronic heart disease, renal disease, respiratory problems and carers will be offered vaccinations against seasonal flu.  We have been advised by the Health Protection Agency that all pregnant women should be immunised.

Call the Surgery on 01707 871980 to book an appointment with Julie our Healthcare Assistant