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Zika Virus Update – what you need to know

You may have read recently about a new virus – Zika virus – that is affecting South America. It is a virus, spread by mosquitoes, which was known to affect parts of Africa and Asia in recent decades, but has recently spread to new areas and has been implicated in a rise in specific birth defects. […]

Should we be worried about fish oils?

  Recent research has proposed a link between fish oils and prostate cancer, but is it really true?  Expl

Easter Opening Hours 2016

Easter Opening Hours     Good Friday 25th March – 8.30-5.00pm – By appointment Saturday 26th March – 10.00 – 1.00pm – By appointment Easter Monday 28th March – CLOSED Tuesday 29th March – Normal hours – By appointment   Emergency numbers (for registered patients): DUBDOC – tel: 4545607 (6pm -10pm weeknights + 10am-6pm weekends and […]

Meningitis B prevention

Meningitis is an illness caused by inflammation of the tissues around the brain. It can be caused by viruses but the most serious forms of meningitis are bacterial. Currently, children who participate in the childhood vaccination programme receive a vaccine to prevent Meningitis C. Recently, a new vaccine for Meningitis B has become available and is awaiting approval from […]

Managing Lower Back Pain

Lower back pain is a common complaint that most people may experience at one point or another. It can be due to a number of reasons but usually it is not serious and can be managed with exercises and painkillers. It is important to keep active and some of the articles below may be helpful. If you have severe […]

Winter tiredness be gone!

Many people feel sluggish and tired in the winter months. Darker mornings and icy temperatures don’t help! If this sounds familiar to you, here are a couple of simple steps that can help. http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/tiredness-and-fatigue/Pages/winter-tiredness.aspx

Christmas and New Year Opening Hours

Christmas and New Year Opening Hours 2015/2016   Tuesday 22nd December – Normal hours Wednesday 23rd December – Normal hours                                       Christmas Eve – 10am – 1pm (by appointment)                      […]

What does the WHO report on processed meats mean for you?

The World Health Organisation recently released a report investigating the link between consumption of red and processed meats and development of cancer. Red meat is classed as unprocessed meat such as beef, lamb and pork. Processed meat has been transformed by methods such as curing, smoking or salting etc. So what does this mean for […]

Time for your flu vaccine!

Now is the time for people to in the ‘at risk’ groups to think about the annual flu vaccine 2015-2016 at Grafton Medical Practice.   The same people who benefit from flu also benefit from Pneumococcal vaccine. Unlike flu this vaccine is usually only given once. We can give this at the same time.   […]

Planning a pregnancy?

If you are planning on having a baby, there are many ways you can prepare your body to help ensure a healthy pregnancy. Folic acid is recommended for all women of childbearing age to ensure healthy neurodevelopment of the foetus. If there is a family history of spina bifida, you may require a higher dose […]

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