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Congratulations on your pregnancy. Please contact the midwives to book your first appointment as soon as possible:
0117 4146743 or
The more you know about your pregnancy and your options, the more you are likely to feel in control.
Immunisations for your baby and child
Immunisation is a very important way of preventing serious disease for your child and at Gloucester Road Medical Centre we provide all immunisations as recommended by the Department of Health and the Royal College of Paediatrics.
We understand that parents and carers may have questions about vaccination and we are also aware that there is a lot of confusing and sometimes misleading information on the Internet. Please do not hesitate to ask your doctor or nurse if you have any questions as we would be very happy to talk things over with you.
Sources of advice
For more detail on each vaccine and answers to common queries, you may find these websites useful:
Oxford University Vaccine Group have a very comprehensive website which sets out current evidence in an easy to understand format. www.ovg.ox.ac.uk/
What you can do
We understand that having your baby immunised can be distressing. Our nurses are very experienced and will try and make the procedure as quick and painless as possible. You might like to consider breast or bottle-feeding or using a dummy to help or bringing something sweet for an older child. For the new Men B vaccine at 2 , 4 and 12 months we advise you give some paracetamol syrup just before or at the time of the vaccination as this particular vaccine is more likely to cause a high fever.
Missing, deferring or requesting extra immunisations
If your baby or child misses one or more immunisations for any reason, we can provide a “catch-up” programme. If you would like your child to have immunisations not currently provided by the NHS (e.g. the chickenpox vaccine or HPV for your teenage son) or if you would like to change the order or timing of the vaccines, we would ask you to contact the Children’s Vaccine Clinic at the BRI (Tel 0117 3420174) who provide a private service in such situations. If you wish to simply miss out a vaccine but otherwise continue with the schedule as recommended, that can be accommodated although we would of course encourage you to talk through your concerns with a GP.
Parents often raise concerns about immunisations in children with allergies.. However, in practice, allergy to vaccines is very unusual. It used to be thought that the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine should not be given to egg-allergic children. This is incorrect The measles vaccine is not grown in whole eggs, but in cells which are derived from hens – and these cells do NOT contain any egg protein. Therefore, the MMR vaccine is safe in all egg-allergic children (including those with severe allergy)
Children with egg allergy can also be safely vaccinated with the nasal influenza vaccine in your GP surgery .The exception (for flu only) is for children who have previously required admission to an intensive care unit for severe anaphylaxis to egg; these children should be referred to a specialist for immunisation in hospital.
The influenza vaccine given as a nasal spray is not recommended for children with active wheezing at the time of, or in the 72 hours preceding vaccination, or who have had steroids by mouth in the previous 2 weeks. Please click on the link below for immunisations schedules.
There is a good guide on the NHS website which describes various conditions affecting children. There is advice on how to diagnose them, how to treat them and if further advice should be consulted.
NHS Childhood Illness Slideshow
Mental health problems are common and affect 1 in 4 adults at some time in their life so if you’re struggling with anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts or other issues, you’re not alone.
In a crisis?
Bristol Mind http://bristolmind.org.uk/
Young Minds (a fantastic website for young people) https://youngminds.org.uk/
NHS Choices mental health pages https://www.nhs.uk/LiveWell/MentalHealth/Pages/Mentalhealthhome.aspx
Off the Record
If you are an older person or thinking of retiring you may have worries about your health, your finances, or your family. There is a lot of advice on the internet but it can be difficult to know where to look so we have collected some useful resources in this section.
Health advice and screening
If after reading this, you feel you might need a test, please talk to your GP.
1.Need advice on finances, legal matters, writing a will, health problems or social events in your area ?
Have a look at : https://www.ageuk.org.uk/
You can sign up for a free weekly telephone befriending call on the website above or get advice on their national telephone advice line on 0800 055 6112
Link age http://www.linkagebristol.org.uk/home.aspx also have a helpful website with lots of local activities, opportunities to volunteer, clubs and more for the over 55’s in Bristol.
Grandparents who retire early to look after their grandchildren under 12 years can apply for National Insurance Credits to boost their state pension. This is the link to look at:
2.Worried about your memory ?
Many people worry about their memory as they get older and for most of us it’s just a natural part of ageing. But if you worry that it is beginning to affect your life or what you can do , it might be time to seek some advice.
Here is a useful starting point: https://www.alz.org/what-is-dementia.asp
This has a list of warning signs and a checklist of questions to discuss with your GP.
Look no further than the Arthritis Council who have a wide range of excellent leaflets including advice on footwear, gardening, diet and exercise as well as specific conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome. They will send you leaflets free of charge. http://www.arthritisresearchuk.org/
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