Don’t Get Flu, Get Vaccinated
From October 2013, we are encouraging people at greater risk from the flu virus to get a free flu jab from their GP.
Flu is a highly contagious infection that anyone can catch, and it can be really serious for some. People at most risk include those aged 65 or over, pregnant women, and those with health conditions such as severe asthma, chest or heart complaints, and diabetes.
The flu vaccine changes every year to fight the latest strains of flu, so even if you had a jab last winter you need another one this year. The jab doesn’t contain the ‘live’ virus so it cannot give you the flu.
If you’re in any of the ’at risk’ groups, the flu jab is completely free, and is a safe way of protecting you and your family in a matter of minutes.
This is also the first year an annual nasal spray flu vaccine is available for all children aged 2 and 3 years. Not only is it needle-free (a big advantage for children), the nasal spray works even better than the injected flu vaccine in children.
It’s quick and painless – just one squirt up each nostril will mean your child is less likely to become ill if they come into contact with the flu virus. Flu can be very unpleasant for children. They have the same symptoms as adults – including fever, chills, aching muscles, headache, stuffy nose, dry cough and sore throat lasting up to a week. Some children develop a very high fever or complications of flu such as bronchitis, pneumonia and painful middle ear infection. They may even need hospital treatment.
Simply contact reception to arrange a convenient appointment and get vaccinated. It’s quick, safe and free for those most at risk from the flu virus.
For more information, speak to your GP or local pharmacist, or visit http://www.nhs.uk/flu.
NHS 111 is a new telephone service for people in Sussex to call if they need medical help fast but are not in a life-threatening situation.
The easy to remember phone number – that is available across the country - has been introduced to help people get the right help, at the right time, especially at weekends and out of hours.
NHS 111 is free to call and is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
The service is available for people who aren’t sure if they need to go to A&E, need more information about where to get NHS help or generally need reassurance and advice.
By calling NHS 111, you will reach a team of fully trained advisers, and experienced nurses and doctors who will assess your condition and direct you to the local service that can help you best, when you need it.
There are now only three numbers to know; 999 for life-threatening emergencies, your GP surgery and 111.
Welcome to St Peter's Medical Centre
St Peter's Medical Centre in Brighton provides the highest quality healthcare to patients in the area. Our doctors, nurses and all our other staff are dedicated to offering a professional service and this surgery website will help us to keep all our patients up to date with news and information about our practice.
As well as a source of information about our practice, the staff and the services we provide, we hope you will use this website as a useful resource for other health-related information. Please have a look around and do send us some feedback if you like. We can use your ideas to improve our online services and further develop the content of this site.
There is good access for the disabled to our consultation rooms on the ground floor. Please notify our reception staff as you will be seen downstairs if you are unable to make the stairs. A designated parking bay is adjacent to the surgery entrance and the surgery doors allow for wheelchair access.
St Peter's Travel Clinic
This is a private clinic for traveller's health needs, including vaccination and health related items such as mosquito nets, diarrhoea packs etc.
The Travel Clinic is available to all people, whether registered at St Peter's or not.
Please go to our website www.stpeterstravelclinic.co.uk for more details.
(Site updated 07/11/2013)