Monthly Archives: December 2014

Patient Notice – MMR Catch-Up…

Due to the success of earlier vaccination programmes, measles was extremely rare during the 1990s. This began to change after researcher Andrew Wakefield published a piece of research claiming that there was a link between the MMR vaccine and the developmental condition autism.

Despite serious flaws in this research, it received widespread coverage in the media. The research has been proven to be worthless and Wakefield has been struck off the medical register for
acting “dishonestly and irresponsibly” in his research and “bringing the medical profession into disrepute”.

Sadly, the damage had already been done – there was a drop in
coverage rates (the proportion of people vaccinated against a disease) for measles and this has led to the disease becoming more widespread. In the first quarter of 2013, there were a record 587 cases in England and, worryingly, a number of outbreaks in
schools. Complications of measles include:

  • Hearing loss, which may be partial or total
  • Learning difficulties, which may be temporary or permanent
  • ““Epilepsy – a condition that causes someone to have repeated fits
  • Cerebral palsy – a general term for a set of conditions that affect movement and co-ordination
  • ““Vision loss, which may be partial or total

If you think you are due an MMR vaccination, please contact reception.

Lake Road Practice gains Royal College of GPs Quality Practice Award…

9 doctors and 32 other healthcare staff work at the centre which is used by around 1,500 patients a week, mostly from the inner-city areas of Landport and Buckland.

The QPA has only been awarded to 242 practices across the UK. Lake Road is the only practice in the Portsmouth area to have a current QPA.

Three years ago, the 37-year-old Lake Road Health Centre had a £2m internal refurbishment funded by NHS Portsmouth, the city’s primary care trust.

The work included a new reception area and GP consulting rooms, much-improved dental surgeries, a children’s area, GP training rooms, podiatry suites, a new minor operations room, health visitor and education rooms.

For the award the Practice is assessed against 20+ categories for which evidence has to be submitted and a team of assessors visits the Practice from the RCGP for the final assessment. Staff and Patients are then questioned about the evidence submitted.

The award is granted for 5 years.