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Healthwatch County Durham

Healthwatch County Durham helps you and your family get the best out of health and social care services in County Durham. They are the independent champion for people who use health and social care services.

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Pharmacy First

Pharmacy First is now up and running. You can now get treatment for the following ailments from community pharmacies, without needing to see the GP. Please be aware, conditions do apply. UTIs in women (aged 16-64 years) Shingles (aged 18 years and over) Impetigo (aged 1 year and over) Infected insect bites (aged 1 year

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Face Masks

Due to the rise in COVID cases, we must ask all patients who are attending the surgery with any respiratory symptoms (cough, chesty symptoms) etc. to wear a face mask while in the surgery.

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NHS winter flu and covid vaccine

The adult covid and flu vaccination programmes had been due to start in October to maximise protection over the winter months, but now those most at risk including adult care home residents will be vaccinated from 11 September.

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MMR and Measles

Measles is an infection that spreads very easily and can cause serious problems in some people. Having the MMR vaccine is the best way to prevent it.

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Measles: Are you protected?

Parents are being asked to check children are fully up to date with their measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccinations by checking their vaccine record in their red book.

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Little Orange Book

The Little Orange Book

The Little Orange Book is a super helpful tool for parents, containing information about common illnesses and problems that babies and young children often experience, especially in their first few years of life. You can download for free at CCG_Booklet_21_v1.1_g (newcastlegatesheadccg.nhs.uk)

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Better Health: Every Mind Matters

Looking after your mental health. There are little things we can all do to help look after our mental health. Having good mental health helps us relax more, achieve more and enjoy our lives more.

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Online Appointment Booking

We are now allowing online appointment booking again for patients who have access to our online appointments system. We are now offering the following appointments online: Telephone Pharmacist Medication Review Cervical Screening (Smear) – only for patients who have received their invite Long Term Condition Review – only for patients who have received an invite

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Pre-Diabetes – Assess Your Own Risk

Finding out your risk of Type 2 diabetes only takes a few minutes. It could be the most important thing you do today…. By completing this tool, in England you may be eligible for the Healthier You NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme. To check your own risk, please visit https://riskscore.diabetes.org.uk/start

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Help us help you — Just think 111 first

When you think you need A&E, contact NHS 111 by phone or online. NHS 111 is free and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You answer questions about your symptoms on the website, or by speaking to a fully trained adviser on the phone.

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COVID-19 Spring Vaccination Programme

In February, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) advised a spring dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as a precaution to those at extremely high risk, most of whom received their first booster around 6 months ago.

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