Are you or someone you know going to University? The Surgery is now offering Meningitis C booster vaccines. Make an appointment with one of our practice nurses or ask at reception for more information. Contact the surgery on 01922 620532 to book an appointment. Lines are open from 8am-

Annual Flu Clinic

The Surgery is now taking bookings for the annual flu injections. Are you over 65? Are you pregnant? Do you have a chronic disease? Book yours now! Contact the surgery on 01922 620532 to make an appointment. Lines are open from 8am.

Umbrella Medical: Lichfield Street Surgery, Holland Park Surgery

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Shingles Vaccinations

The Department of Health is introducing a new national NHS Shingles Vaccination Programme, starting on 1 September 2013.

Who is eligible for the shingles vaccine on the NHS?

For the year 2016/17, people who are aged either 70 years or 78 years on 1st September 2016 are eligible to receive shingles vaccination on the NHS.

What about other age groups?

Those who become age 70 or 78 after 1 September 2016 will not be eligible for the vaccine this year but will become eligible for vaccination in future years. The Department of Health plans to make shingles vaccination available to everyone aged 70 to 79 in due course.

Why can’t every person aged 70 to 79 have the shingles vaccine straight away?

There is not enough shingles vaccine available to vaccinate everyone aged 70 to 79 at the present time. The doctors and nurses at the practice must follow the rules that have been laid down by the Department of Health. We will produce a list of patients who are eligible this year according to the rules and we will only offer the shingles vaccination to the people on the list.

What about people aged under 70 years?

The Department of Health have assessed the scientific evidence available on shingles vaccination and believe that the best option for the NHS is to offer the vaccine to people aged 70 to 79 years. The vaccination is not being offered on the NHS to people under the age of 70 years.

What about people aged 80 years and over?

The Department of Health are not offering shingles vaccine to people over the age of 80 years because the vaccine works less well in this age group. Therefore, anyone who is aged 80 years or over on 1 September 2016 will not be eligible to receive shingles vaccine on the NHS. There will be a relatively small number of people who were aged 79 on 1 September 2013 but who have turned 80 by the time they attend for the vaccination. People in this group will still be vaccinated.

Do I have to have the shingles vaccine?

No, it is up to yourself to decide whether to have the vaccine or not; but it is highly recommended and it could help you to avoid a painful dose of shingles.

I am coming for my flu jab, can I have the shingles vaccine at the same time?

Yes, you can have the flu and shingles vaccines at the same time (provided you are eligible)- and pneumonia vaccination too, where appropriate.

Are you eligible for the Shingles Vaccination in 2016/17?

Check your date of birth on the table below.

Patients who are 79 on 1 September 2016 may become 80 before attending for vaccination. These patients will still be given the vaccine.

If you are aged 70-79 but are not eligible for the shingles vaccine this year, you will become eligible in a future year. The Department of Health decides who is eligible and the GPs have no control over this. The GPs must follow the rules laid down by the Department of Health.