**MEASLES OUTBREAK - PLEASE READ **
NHS England urges those unprotected against measles to come forward for their vaccinations
Measles cases are continuing to rise across England, with a number of unvaccinated children and adults requiring hospital as infections take hold.
This month, millions of parents and carers in England are being contacted by the NHS to book their children in for their missed measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine as part of a major new campaign to protect children from becoming seriously unwell.
NHS figures show almost 3 million children under the age of 16 years are either unprotected or not fully protected and at risk of catching these serious and completely preventable diseases.
Measles is not just a childhood disease and can be serious at any age. If caught during pregnancy it can be very serious causing stillbirth, miscarriage and low birth weight and NHS bosses are also urging young adults to catch up on any missed doses before thinking about starting a family.
Two doses of the safe and effective MMR vaccine are needed for maximum life-long protection, with the first dose given around the child’s first birthday, and the second dose given at around three years and four months old.
However, anyone can catch up at any age on any missed doses and it’s never too late to protect yourself.
If you or your child have not had both dose of the MMR vaccine contact the GP surgery to book an appointment as soon as possible and catch up.
Farnworth and Kearsley Food Bank
Stonehill Medical Centre regularly donates food to our local food bank. If patients would like to contribute they can donate food directly at a food bank or drop off donations at Stonehill for us to deliver on your behalf. Donations must not be fresh food and must not need refridgeration.
During the winter months we become much busier. Although we have additional appointments to deal with winter illnesses, we are experiencing some delays and patients who could have treated themselves at home are still contacting us. This is causing delays in answering telephone calls despite our staff doing their best to answer calls quickly.
We ask patients to consider their options to deal with minor illness before contacting us, for instance, self-care, pharmacist/over the counter medication, NHS 111.
Thank you for your co-operation.
Stop The Abuse And Support Your GP Practice
Verbal and physical abuse of our staff will not be tolerated. If patients shout or swear at any of our staff we reserve the right to hang up the call or refuse to deal with you in person - you may also be removed from our patient list. Any display of physical abuse will result in immediate removal from our Practice.
Staff are working incredibly hard with reduced staffing levels at times due to illness or difficulty recruiting. Staff follow practice procedures agreed by the GPs and management team. They do not deserve to suffer abuse. Please treat them with kindness and remain patient and calm. Thank you.
The BMA continue to campaign against abuse of GPs and their staff. Support your GP surgery by signing their petition https://e-activist.com/page/88027/petition/1
Where to get help this Winter
When you use the right NHS service, you get the right treatment sooner. This booklet shows you the range of NHS services which are available to you and your family. Follow the guide below to know exactly where to go when your not feeling well.
Click here to view the booklet.