News and updates from Burn Brae Medical Group
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Burn Brae Medical Group

November 2018
Flu Vaccination
We are continuing to vaccinate eligible patients against flu. Please get in touch to make an appointment or ask while you're here. We have plenty of vaccine for children, younger adults and older adults.
Car Park Changes
The hospital car park is changing, with a new "pay on exit" scheme being introduced, the majority of disabled parking moved and revised traffic flow. The aim is to improve parking and bring Hexham into line with other hospital sites run by Northumbria NHS Trust. We understand that the parking charges will remain the same as they are currently.
Alzheimers Society at the Adapt Cafe
The Alzheimers Society will be at the Adapt Café on Burn Lane in Hexham once a month on the first Monday of the month, starting on  December 3rd. This will be an informal setting where anyone can come to have a chat about dementia or memory concerns which may be about themselves or a family member.
Atrial Fibrillation Screening

We will be offering patients in the waiting room a chance to undertake a quick, painless test to see if they have an undiagnosed heart arrhythmia which could be a sign of a condition called Atrial Fibrillation (AF). Left untreated AF can lead to strokes. From time to time we will bring the equipment into the waiting room and if it proves popular with patients we will advertise sessions in advance through this newsletter.
Pneumococcal Vaccination
The pneumococcal vaccine protects against serious and potentially fatal pneumococcal infections. It's also known as the "pneumo jab" or pneumonia vaccine. It is not given annually like the flu jab and people over 65 usually only need a single pneumococcal vaccination, which offers protection for life.

People with a long-term health condition may need just a single one-off pneumococcal vaccination or five-yearly vaccination, depending on their underlying health problem. 

This vaccine is in short supply and we currently have no stock. Feel free to let us know that you would like the vaccine and we will contact you when we are able to order more.
Shingles Vaccination
If you are in your 70s then you may be entitled to a FREE Shingles Vaccination to prevent a common, painful skin disease. The shingles vaccine is not available on the NHS if you are aged 80 or over, so if you're in your 70's why not ask about the shingles vaccine when you are getting your flu jab. Unlike the flu jab, you'll only need to have the vaccination once and you can have it at any time of the year but it can be given with a flu vaccination.
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