Shingles vaccine for over 50s

on Monday, 25 May 2015. Posted in blog

Shingles vaccine for over 50s


The NHS currently offers Zostavax to those aged 70, 78 and 79 (the latter two as a catch up) as part of the national vaccination programme. This is because Shingles is most common in people who are in their 70's.

Pain, fatigue and tingling

However there are many younger people that are affected by this virus and Shingles can be an really painful experience, a blistering rash accompanied by pain, fatigue and tingling that can last for weeks and make life really quite unpleasant. 

Herpes Zoster Virus

The herpes zoster virus which causes both chicken pox and shingles can lie dormant in the body and can erupt as shingles at any point in life. It is particularly likely to become active under times of stress when your immune system is weakened. The vaccine works very well in those that already carry the virus - preventing it from leading to Shingles or at least making the symptoms milder and the illness shorter.

Complications of Shingles

Post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN), is a particularly nasty after effect of Shingles, which can last anywhere from weeks to years. PHN is the pain left behind even after the rash disappears. Approximately 13 percent of people 60 years of age and older will develop PHN.

First signs of shingles

If you are unlucky enough to develop Shingles it is important it is to seek medical attention at the first signs. The risk of developing post-herpetic neuralgia is reduced by 50% if a patient begins taking antiviral medications within 72 hours of developing the rash.

Southdowns Private Healthcare offers the Shingles vaccination to suitable patients over the age of 50.


Call us now on 01243 388712 to book your vaccination.

Meningitis B vaccine Bexsero

on Friday, 01 May 2015. Posted in blog

Meningitis B vaccine Bexsero

Protecting your child from Meningitis B with Bexsero

Why should I vaccinate my child against Meningitis B?

Meningitis B is the leading infectious killer of young children in the UK

Meningitis is a life threatening infection which even if survived can lead to very serious complications including loss of limbs, epilepsy and brain damage  

What happens if my child is older than 2 months at the time of the roll out?

There is a planned 'catch up' program for babies aged 3 and 4 months at the time of roll out but If your child is older than 4 months at the time of the roll out they will not be included in the vaccination program and so will not benefit from the protection offered.

How much protection does Bexsero give my child?

The vaccine, Bexsero, is thought to provide 73% protection against meningitis B. 

Is Bexsero available privately?

The vaccination has been offered privately by GPs for some time, at Southdowns clinic we have vaccinated over 200 children with the Bexsero Meningitis B vaccine.

For more information and Frequently asked questions about Meningitis B you can visit the Meningitis Now website or the NHS website.

The vaccine is given as two injections 2-6 months apart.

Whatever your concerns we can help -  just give us a call on 033 022 02000 or 01243 766447 or use our online booking system.


HIV Tests - don't delay

on Tuesday, 07 April 2015. Posted in blog

Should you have a HIV test?

HIV Tests - don't delay

If you are worried that you may have been exposed to the HIV infection, the chances are that you will want to bury your head in the sand. However with our rapid results test you can get your peace of mind back quickly and easily with a simple test. 

If you may have been exposed to the virus then it is important to get tested as soon as possible. Indeed, if you think you may have been exposed to the virus within the last 72 hours then there is anti-HIV medication that may stop you becoming infected. Remember that people living with HIV may have no signs or symptoms at all.

If your exposure was more than 28 days ago then we can offer a test which gives you results in just three minutes. You can come alone or bring a friend for moral support if you wish.

However if your exposure was less that 4 weeks ago, it is good to get tested as soon as possible so treatment can be started quickly. The results take slightly longer to come back but treatment can be started sooner so it is much better for your health to be tested as soon as possible after your exposure.

We can see you in our clinic at Hampshire Health just off the M27 close to Chichester, our private general practice clinic offers many options for health care so is very discrete, no-one will know what you are being seen for.

Cut the worry from your life and come in for a simple blood test, our doctors are highly experienced and will talk you through every aspect of your test.

The service is confidential and caring, call us on 01243 388 712

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Making time for your health

At Southdowns we believe that giving our patients time to discuss their health is a critical factor in good health.

Our consultations are unhurried, allowing us to fully explore your concerns and talk through any issues you want to discuss.

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We do not share any information about our clients with anyone else, unless you give expressed permission. Unlike the NHS we operate an “opt-in” policy regarding data sharing, meaning that unless told otherwise we will not share your details with any third parties.