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This page has some information to aid your awareness of current issues surrounding you and your family's health. In all cases, prevention is better than cure, so read on!

 

Attendance

 

Medicine does not have a cure for all diseases. However, it is able to reduce the impact of many of these diseases through improving the controls. To achieve this, regular attendance at clinic can ensure that appropriate medication is used and well tolerated.

All too often, individuals fail to attend these appointments and the opportunities for these benefits are lost.

  • Asthma

Individuals are encouraged to attend on an annual basis for a review of their control as well to have a "flu jab". Through an understanding of the disease, patients will be encouraged to take ownership of their disease and to change treatments depending on their condition.

  • Diabetes

Individuals are encouraged to attend twice a year for a review of their control as well to have a "flu jab". Additional home monitoring may be needed, with early return if problems arise.

  • Hypertension

Keeping good control of blood pressure ensures that the risks of other diseases later in life are minimised. To do this requires regular reviews.

  • Coronary Heart Disease

Individuals are encouraged to attend twice a year for a review of their control as well to have a "flu jab".

  • Thyroid Disease

It is important that the medication you are on not only controls your symptoms but also remains in safe levels - so you should have regular blood tests.

  • Epilepsy

It is important to maintain a balance between medication, their side effects, and the level of control that can be achieved. It is hoped that with regular review we can develop the best compromise.

 

MMR Vaccinations                                                   

 

The following is an open letter from the Partners to all parents of children who have not been immunised against MMR.

We are aware that there has been a lot of publicity surrounding the suitability of MMR and acknowledge that the freedom to choose whether to have your child immunised is one of the foremost responsibilities of any parent. We are uncertain as to the precise reasons why you have not had your child immunised but we are writing to you to ensure that your decision is properly informed.

If there are enough non-immune persons in the population, the disease can spread widely and rapidly, causing an epidemic. Some of us have worked abroad in communities where Measles epidemics have occurred. Measles is a horrifying illness. It is particularly severe in young children and teenagers. Once contracted, little can be done to alter the course of the disease. We have witnessed children dying of the illness with little we could to to help. Amongst survivors, brain damage is a possibility.

Many people thought that the advice from some quarters about MMR suggested that the vaccine was unsafe and should not be used.

Some people thought the vaccine was safer given as 3 separate injections rather than as a combined Measles – Mumps – Rubella vaccine. However, even these people had no doubt that immunisation against these 3 diseases was beneficial. The minute risks of the vaccines are hugely outweighed by the benefits of avoiding the diseases by being vaccinated. We do not believe there is any significant evidence to recommend separate vaccines. The Department of Health does not make separate vaccines available (for the same reason). Like the Department of Health, we therefore fully endorse the MMR vaccine.

The doctors at the surgery have looked at the information on MMR on several occasions over the past few years and we have always been confident that it is both safe and appropriate to invite our patients to have this injection. We feel a moral obligation to draw to your attention the importance of immunisations and urge you in the strongest terms possible to consider having your child immunised against MMR. May we urge you to contact the surgery and book your child in to have the MMR vaccination.

Yours sincerely

Dr Geraint Thomas

Dr Ian Anderson

 

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