New National HPV Vaccination Programme
HPV is a small virus spread by direct physical contact. Anyone who is sexually active is at risk.
The risk of acquiring HPV increases with the number of sexual partners. HPV infection is common and will be present in 15-20% of women aged 20-24 years old.
HPV infection increases from the age of 14 years.
Most cases resolve but persistent HPV infection can causes changes in the cervix (neck of the womb), that may lead to cancer. Condoms reduce the risk of acquiring HPV, but not completely. Cervical screening detects harmful effects of HPV on the cervix. HPV vaccination should reduce cervical cancer risk in girls who are vaccinated.
This year we are offering vaccination to girls in school year 8 (age 12-13 years) and girls in school year 13 (age 17-18 years).
The vaccine will protect against 2 of the most harmful strains of HPV types 16 and 18. There will be a catch up campaign for other girls under 18 in the future. HPV vaccination is a series of three injections in the arm over 6 months.
It will be given by the practice nurse in our surgery.
When you receive your invitation letter please make an appointment with the practice nurse.
Facts: Cervical Cancer
2nd most common cancer of women worldwide.
In England 9 new cases are diagnosed with cervical cancer each day.
Most cervical cancer cases occur in women in their 30’s.
More Online GP Appointments Released
Over the next 3 months we will be looking to increase the number of online bookable GP appointments.
If you have not already signed up for GP Online Services simply call into the practice with two forms of photo ID and proof of address. We can sign you up there and then. GP Online Services makes it easy to book appointments online, request repeat prescriptions and view some of your medical records. Find out more about this on http://www.nhs.uk/GPonlineservices?
If you are not able to attend an appointment you have booked, for whatever reason, please let us know. We can then offer that appointment to someone else that needs it.
Important announcement: Emergency sit & wait service ending
As of Monday 2nd October 2017, our emergency sit and wait service will no longer be available.
We have decided to implement a new duty doctor triage system who will assess each emergency appointment request and take the most appropriate action necessary.
This will not be used as an overflow for 'book on the day appointments'. This will be purely used for medical emergencies.
The Birmingham Financial Inclusion Partnership want to make sure our residents keep themselves warm and well this winter, and their homes heated and maintained. This Newsletter will introduce those partners who can offer the support and advice needed to do this, along with handy tips and hints.