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New online mental health service launches in Newcastle and Gateshead

A new free, safe and anonymous online mental health service is now available for people living in Newcastle and Gateshead.

 Togetherall is a place where you can safely voice your feelings and connect with others for your wellbeing. The service is available 24/7 and moderated by mental health professionals and led by an on-duty clinical team to ensure users are safe and supported.

 

Togetherall is the latest in a series of new mental health services commissioned for local people. It follows the recent launch of a mental health support line operated by Tyneside and Northumberland Mind (every day 8am to 10pm (age 16+) on 0330 174 3174 (charged at local rate), as well as the Qwell online counselling and emotional wellbeing service.


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COVID-19 Vaccination - summary of vaccine schedule

 

Cohort

First Dose

Second Dose

Third dose

Booster

Over 18

-          Age 40 and over

-          Health social care staff

-          carers of elderly/disabled person

-          age 18 and over living with immunosuppressed

-          person age 18-64 in at risk group

(4-week deferral after Covid +ve)

Pfizer or Moderna

 

AZ suitable for those 40+ only

Same vaccine as first dose, 8-week interval

Not unless contacted by specialist or GP practice

3 months after 2nd dose, either Pfizer or half-dose Moderna

Immunosuppressed age 18 and over

(4-week deferral after Covid +ve)

Pfizer or Moderna

Same vaccine as first dose, 8-week interval

Pfizer or Moderna. Specialist will contact Pt and advise timing of 3rd dose

3 months after 3rd dose, either Pfizer or half-dose Moderna

18-39 not in at risk group

(4-week deferral after Covid +ve)

Pfizer or Moderna

Same vaccine as first dose, 8-week interval

Not recommended currently

3 months after 3rd dose, either Pfizer or half-dose Moderna

Under 18

Immunosuppressed age 12-15

(4-week deferral after Covid +ve)

Pfizer

30 microgram

Pfizer, 8-week interval

Pfizer. Specialist will contact Pt and advise timing of 3rd dose

3 months after 3rd dose, Pfizer

Immunosuppressed age 16-17

(4-week deferral after Covid +ve)

Pfizer

30 microgram

Pfizer, 8-week interval

Pfizer. Specialist will contact Pt and advise timing of 3rd dose

3 months after 3rd dose, Pfizer

12–15-year-olds in at risk group- table 4 Green book chapter 14a, including contacts of immunosuppressed person

(4-week deferral after Covid +ve)

Pfizer

30 microgram

Pfizer, 8-week interval

Not recommended currently

3 months after 2nd dose, Pfizer

Age 16-17 at in an at risk group (table 3 Greenbook)

(4-week deferral after Covid +ve)

Pfizer

30 microgram

Pfizer, 8-week interval

Not recommended currently

3 months after 2nd dose, Pfizer

Age 12–15 not in higher risk group

(12-week deferral after Covid +ve)

Pfizer

30 microgram

Pfizer, 12-week interval

Not recommended currently

Not recommended currently

Age 16-17 not in higher risk group

(12-week deferral after Covid +ve)

Pfizer

30 microgram

Pfizer, 12-week interval

Not recommended currently

3 months after 2nd dose, Pfizer

 

Immunosuppressed age 5-11

Pfizer

10 microgram

Pfizer, 8 week interval

Still in development

Still in development

 

Age 5-11 in a clinical risk group, or household contact of immunocompromised

(4-week deferral after Covid +ve)

Pfizer

10 microgram

Pfizer, 8 week interval

Not recommended currently

Not recommended currently

 

Age 5-11 not in a higher risk group

Pfizer

10 microgram

WAITING FOR PROTOCOL

Pfizer, 12 week interval

WAITING FOR PROTOCOL

Not recommended currently

Not recommended currently


COVID - 19 - changes to rules 24.2.2022

From the 24th February 2022 you will still be required to wear a mask when entering the practice unless you are exempt.  The guidance is from NHS England and is a requirement across all NHS services.

bekind

Small acts of kindness, such as a ‘thank you’, can make a positive impact on someone’s day, and help staff feel valued about the difference they are making to people’s lives. However, some NHS staff have experienced abuse from people, which has impacted on their mental health. This is not ok.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vaccinations

Certain vaccinations are routinely offered to everyone in the UK for free on the NHS depending on their age or circumstances.

Click HERE for the full NHS immunisation schedule to check if you are up to date with your vaccinations.


MMR Vaccination

MMR vaccination is routinely given to children as part of the NHS childhood immunisation programme. It can also be given to older children and adults and babies over six months of age that need to be protected against measles, mumps and rubella and/or in the event of a measles outbreak.

Measles can cause very serious illness, and spreads very easily. The MMR vaccine has been shown across the world to be a safe and effective way of preventing measles. It can protect your child and others against measles infection and its serious consequences.

To find out more about the vaccination, please click HERE.


Flu Vaccination

The seasonal influenza vaccination is offered annually to people age 65 and over, pregnant women, and people who have an underlying health condition such as diabetes, heart disease or COPD. In recent years the vaccination as also been offered to children ages 2 to 10.

By having the flu vaccination, you reduce your risk of catching flu and becoming seriously unwell, and also reduce the risk of you spreading flu to others.

To find out more about the vaccination, please click HERE.


Shingles Vaccination

The purpose of the Shingles vaccination programme is to reduce the incidence and severity of shingles disease in older people. Shingles is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. Shingles is a common disease that can cause long-lasting, severe pain. It can cause permanent disability, and it occurs more frequently in those over 70 years old, who are also more likely to have worse symptoms.
All eligible patients will receive letters to book an appointment, if they would like to be vaccinated.

To find out more about the vaccination, and to check if you are eligible, please click HERE.


Pneumococcal Vaccination

The pneumococcal vaccination provides protection against pneumococcal infections which can cause very serious illness such as pneumonia and septicaemia. It is offered to people age 65 and over, and people who have an underlying health condition such as insulin- or medication-controlled diabetes, liver disease, or COPD.

Most people only have to have this vaccination once, however people with kidney disease, asplenia (no spleen), splenic dysfunction or coeliac disease require re-immunisation every 5 years.

To find out more about the vaccination, please click HERE.


Vaccines and Porcine Gelatine

For information about porcine gelatine and its use in vaccines, please view the online leaflet from Public Health England by clicking HERE.


Travel Vaccinationsglobal air travel

If you require any vaccinations relating to foreign travel you need to make an appointment with the practice nurse to discuss your travel arrangements. This will include which countries and areas within countries that you are visiting to determine what vaccinations are required.

There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below

At present the Practice is not able to offer travel vaccination consultations, however we can provide you with a list of your vaccinations which can be taken to a private travel consultation provider.

Private travel consultations and vaccinations are normally available from Boots.

Europe Europe & Russia North America North America
Central America Central America South America South America
Caribbean Caribbean Africa Africa
Middle East Middle East Central Asia Central Asia
East Asia East Asia Australasia Australasia and Pacific

It is important to make this initial appointment as early as possible - at least 6 weeks before you travel - as a second appointment will be required with the practice nurse to actually receive the vaccinations. These vaccines have to be ordered as they are not a stock vaccine. Your second appointment needs to be at least 2 weeks before you travel to allow the vaccines to work.

Some travel vaccines are ordered on a private prescription and these incur a charge over and above the normal prescription charge. This is because not all travel vaccinations are included in the services provided by the NHS.

 


Travelling in Europe

If you are travelling to Europe a very useful booklet has been published with advice and guidance to help you get the most out of your holiday. To visit please click:- http://ec.europa.eu/publications/booklets/eu_glance/86/en.pdf (this is a large document and may take a minute or two to view)

Travel Questionnaire

 
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