Meningitis ACWY vaccines

on Sunday, 05 August 2018. Posted in blog

Meningitis ACWY vaccines

Meningococcal Bacteria is the common cause of bacterial meningitis and can affect the body in different ways, often causing both septicemias in addition to meningitis; this is known as meningococcal disease. 

Bacterial meningitis disease is divided into groups ACWY and B, and can be very dangerous, sometimes fatal. We are all at risk of contracting the disease if we do not have the vaccination. Children under 5 years old are most at risk, followed by teenagers and young adults, and the over 55s are also at an increased risk.

Recent media reports have highlighted the tragic deaths of several university students who did not receive a Meningitis ACWY vaccination through their GP. Vaccines to protect against the disease are routinely available in the infant stages through to early years.  

The NHS also offers a catch-up program of a single dose of meningitis ACWY to all teenagers around the age of 14 and university entrants up to 25 years old, who have not been vaccinated to provide them with excellent protection against this deadly condition.

As a practice we identify these young adults and write to them directly, inviting them in for the vaccination. Unfortunately, take up can be low, we do understand that this age group may not necessarily prioritise vaccinations or understand the benefits. 

We, therefore, encourage all parents of teenage children and university-aged children to check that their child has received meningitis ACWY and if they haven’t encourage them to do so.

Meningitis is a deadly condition that is readily preventable by vaccination. You can book an appointment with the practice nurse online or via reception

Making time for your Health Memberships

on Friday, 15 June 2018. Posted in blog

Making time for your Health Memberships

A Southdowns Private Health Membership is a great way to help protect your health and your family.

Our private GP service will be at your fingertips when you need us - as often as you need us. Registration is free, and our memberships offer you our caring private GPs’ time and attention to ensure you are in the best possible health. Our pay monthly membership offers significant savings for those wishing to access our private GP service on a regular basis.


Included in your membership is an annual 'Making Time For Your Health - Health Check with our fully qualified private GPs. Our members also get exclusive access to ‘as you need them’ urgent same-day appointments.

You will have access to a secure private portal to access all your results online  24/7 and we include free issuing of repeat prescriptions and free referrals to private consultants as and when you need them.

Children and partners can be included in our family membership packages.

Membership options include:

Personal Plan

18-40 yrs

 Personal Plan

40-60 years

Personal Plan 60 + years   Couples Plan Family Plan 
 £35 monthly  £45 monthly £57 monthly  £75 monthly £99 monthly
 5 GP appointments per year 6 GP appointments per year 7 GP appointments per year 8 GP appointments per year 10 GP appointments per year

Call us on 033 022 02000 to find out more or register here

Prostate Cancer Screening

on Friday, 13 April 2018. Posted in blog

Prostate Cancer Screening

Prostate Cancer Screening

 

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer amongst men and causes 10 000 deaths in the UK every year. 40,000 new cases are diagnosed each year and one in eight men in the UK will develop prostate cancer. Although the exact causes are unknown, a man with a first degree relative with prostate cancer e.g. brother or father is likely to be at a slightly higher risk of contracting this disease themselves. However, if caught early and treated appropriately, the recovery rates are extremely good. There is currently no screening programme for prostate cancer in the UK.

Where is your prostate?
Only men have a prostate gland. It sits under the bladder, surrounding the urethra and is the size of a walnut although it does get bigger with age.
Who is at risk
Men over 50 are more at risk than young men and men with a first-degree relative who has had prostate cancer are slightly more at risk of developing it.

What are the symptoms of prostate cancer?

There are generally no symptoms of prostate cancer in it’s earliest stages as it surrounds your urethra, however, once it grows it can affect the way you urinate, so men that experience changes in urination should seek medical advice from their doctor. Possible symptoms include:

  • needing to urinate more frequently, often during the night
  • needing to rush to the toilet
  • difficulty in starting to pee (hesitancy)
  • straining or taking a long time while urinating
  • weak flow
  • feeling that your bladder has not emptied fully
How is it diagnosed?

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans are particularly effective in identifying soft-tissue cancers, such as prostate, as the magnetic resonance uses the properties of the soft tissue itself to create the detail in the image. Because the MRI uses strong magnets you will be asked if you have any implants in your body which could be attracted to the magnets.

By combining an MRI scan with a blood test to check Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) levels, we can offer a highly effective screen for this disease. Please note that the blood test on its own is not effective as false positives can be caused by other issues such as a urinary tract infection or inflammation of the prostate.

At Southdowns Private Healthcare our doctors can help to screen for early signs of prostate cancer or to assess you for any concerns you may have about cancer and your health. To learn more about our cancer screening services, or to book an appointment, call us on 01243 766 447.

Making time for your health

At Southdowns we believe that giving our patients time to discuss their health is a critical factor in good health.

Our consultations are unhurried, allowing us to fully explore your concerns and talk through any issues you want to discuss.

Patient Confidentiality

We do not share any information about our clients with anyone else, unless you give expressed permission. Unlike the NHS we operate an “opt-in” policy regarding data sharing, meaning that unless told otherwise we will not share your details with any third parties.