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Influenza Vaccination 2014/15
The seasonal flu jab for 2014/15 will be available from September 2014. We will be offering both bookable and walk-in appointments at both surgeries.
The following vaccination clinic is now open to book:
Saturday 1st November 9:00 - 12:00 (pre-bookable only)
It is recommended you have a flu jab if you:
· are 65 years of age or over
· are pregnant
· have a serious chronic medical condition
· are living in a long-stay residential care home or other long-stay care facility (not including prisons, young offender institutions or university halls of residence)
· are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill
· are a frontline health or social care worker
· are a member of a recognised voluntary organisation who provides planned emergency first aid at organised public events
Don’t let flu get you down this winter, book your vaccine today!
We are now taking bookings for the Shingles vaccination
Please read on to see if you're eligible.
A vaccine to prevent shingles, a common, painful skin disease is available on the NHS to certain people in their 70s.
The shingles vaccine is given as a single injection for people aged 70, 78 or 79. Unlike the flu jab, you'll only need to have the vaccination once and you can have it at any time of the year.
The shingles vaccine is expected to reduce your risk of getting shingles. If you are unlucky enough to go on to have the disease, your symptoms may be milder and the illness shorter.
Shingles can be very painful and uncomfortable. Some people are left with pain lasting for years after the initial rash has healed. And shingles is fatal for around 1 in 1,000 over-70s who develop it.
It's fine to have the shingles vaccine if you've already had shingles. The shingles vaccine works very well in people who have had shingles before and it will boost your immunity against further shingles attacks.
What is shingles?
Shingles, also known as herpes zoster, is a painful skin rash caused by the reactivation of the chickenpox virus (varicella-zoster virus) in people who have previously had chickenpox.
It begins with a burning sensation in the skin, followed by a rash of very painful fluid-filled blisters that can then burst and turn into sores before healing. Often an area on just one side of the body is affected, usually the chest but sometimes the head, face and eye.
Read more about the symptoms of shingles.
Who can have the shingles vaccination?
Between September 2014 and September 2015, the shingles vaccine is offered routinely as part of the NHS vaccination programme for people aged 70, 78 or 79. You become eligible for the vaccine on the first day of September 2014 after you've turned 70, 78 or 79 and remains so until the last day of August the following year.
You can have the shingles vaccination at any time of year, though many people will find it convenient to have the vaccine at the same time as their annual flu vaccination.
What is the brand name of the shingles vaccine?
The brand name of the shingles vaccine given in the UK is Zostavax. It can be given at any time of the year.
Read more about who can have the shingles vaccine.
How is the shingles vaccine given?
As an injection into the upper arm.
How does the shingles vaccine work?
The vaccine contains a weakened chickenpox virus (varicella-zoster virus). It's similar, but not identical to, the chickenpox vaccine.
Very occasionally, people have developed a chickenpox-like illness following shingles vaccination (fewer than 1 in 10,000 individuals).
How long will the shingles vaccine protect me for?
It's difficult to be precise, but research to date suggests the shingles vaccine will protect you for at least three years, probably longer.
How safe is the shingles vaccine?
There is lots of evidence showing that the new shingles vaccine is very safe. It's already been used in several countries, including the US and Canada, and no safety concerns have been raised. The vaccine also has few side effects.
Read more about shingles vaccine side effects.
How is shingles spread?
You don't "catch" shingles – it comes on when there's a reawakening of chickenpox virus that's already in your body. The virus can be reactivated because of advancing age, medication, illness or stress and so on.
Anyone who has had chickenpox can get shingles. It's estimated that around one in five people who have had chickenpox go on to develop shingles.
Read more about the causes of shingles.
Who's most at risk of shingles?
People tend to get shingles more often as they get older, especially over the age of 70. And the older you are, the worse it can be. The shingles rash can be extremely painful, such that sufferers can't even bear the feeling of their clothes touching the affected skin.
The pain of shingles can also linger long after the rash has disappeared, even for many years. This lingering pain is called postherpetic neuralgia (PHN).
NCMC Art Exhibition
On the 15th May, in a joint venture between Llanishen High school Art Department and our Patient Participation Group (PPG), the medical centre played host to around 30 visiting artists, their families and supporters, as the PPG successfully converted the third floor conference and training room at Excalibur Drive into a exhibition space the National Gallery would have been proud of.
The occasion celebrated the programmed changeover of the artwork displayed around the medical centre, which quite remarkably is undertaken almost exclusively by pupils from Llanishen High school , and which is testament to both the creative minds and technical abilities of the pupils. Well Done All !
Richard Cole and Dinah Ball, members of the PPG who came up with the initial idea to display the pupil's paintings a few years ago, and who organised the evening event, said they were really pleased with the quality of artwork received, which will brighten the experience of patients and staff at the medical centre on a daily basis.
Richard said that he hoped the event would be the first of many annual exchanges of artwork, and thanked Paul Foster, the head of the Art Department and Mr Smythe the Headmaster at LHS for supporting and attending the event, but most especially thanked the pupils at the school for all their time and hard work.
Next time you come to the medical centre, take a moment to look at the art displays, each of which has a summary description by the artist, their thoughts and the techniques used in producing the paintings. which the medical centre is very pleased to exhibit.
Acute Illness Clinic
We are pleased to be offering a new nursing service to North Cardiff Medical Centre. The Acute Illness appointments are offered daily for patients over 12months of age, both morning and afternoon and will give patients the opportunity to be seen regarding a single acute onset problem.
- Rashes and skin problems
- Coughs, colds, ‘flu and chest infections
- Sore throats
- Nose bleeds
- Minor injuries
- Eye symptoms
- Urinary tract infections and cystitis
- Emergency contraception
- Diarrhoea, vomiting and constipation
- Period problems
The nurses are trained to examine, make a diagnosis and have access to the on-call doctor should a prescription be required. We hope that you will find these appointments a helpful addition to the provision of services at North Cardiff Medical Centre
Change of Details
It is important that we hold the correct information for all of our patients so if you have moved house, changed your telephone number or your smoking status has changed, please update us using the link below.
Update your details
Yellow Fever Centre
We are a Yellow Fever centre for the immunisation of patients and non-patients who will be travelling to countries where Yellow Fever is a high risk.
Find out more
My Health Online
My Health On Line is a new online service brought to you from NHS Wales and offers patients the convenience to book appointments and order repeat prescriptions online.
If you wish to register to use the My Health On Line Prescription Service please click the link below or call to the Surgery to request a My Health Online Account Form. Please bring proof of identity documents with you.
Proof of Identity is necessary to protect patient confidentiality. Identification documents should confirm your full name, residential address and date of birth. Ideally this will include photo ID such as a passport or new style driving licence and an appropriate household bill.
North Cardiff Medical Centre
The doctors and staff at North Cardiff Medical Centre are proud to offer the highest standard of patient-centred healthcare. We are a progressive primary care organisation focused on providing high-quality services and care for our patients.
The practice is a general partnership comprising of five GP partners. We work from two sites: Excalibur Drive and 67 Thornhill Road and are recognised as a leading Undergraduate 'Training practice' affiliated to the Wales College of Medicine Cardiff to provide undergraduate education.
We run many clinics for the management of chronic diseases such as asthma and diabetes and offer a wide variety of other medical services including antenatal and postnatal care, minor surgery, childhood vaccinations and well-person check-ups.
Do You Wear A Hearing Aid?
If the answer is YES, we have an induction loop system at our Excalibur Drive site and a portable system at Thornhill Road. If you wish to utilise the portable facility, please advise when you telephone or attend reception.
Car Parking at Sainsbury's
We have an agreement with Sainsbury's that entitles our patients to park in the car park for the duration of their business with the practice. Should you have any difficulty, please inform reception in the first instance.
(Site updated 17/10/2014)