Monthly Archives: August 2018


We are now taking bookings for this years flu vaccinations. To help keep the phone lines free – please use the automated phone booking system by selecting option 1 or on online booking through SystmOnline

Please note there are three types available this year, so please ensure you book into the correct clinic.

  1. Live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) also known as Fluenz. This is a nasal spray and is for all patients aged 2 years old to less than 18 years of age. We will be vaccinating child aged 2 and 3, with 4-9 year olds being vaccinated in school. Those aged 10-17 will only be vaccinated if in an ‘at risk’ category i.e. suffering from asthma.
  2. Quadravalent vaccine (QIV) or QUAD. This is for those children in an at risk category under the age of 2 and all adults from 18 to less than 65 years of age who are at increased risk from flu because of a long term health condition.
  3. Adjuvanted trivalent vaccine (aTIV) or TRI. This is for all patients aged 65 and over. It is the most effective vaccine available for this age group.

At Risk: You are at increased risk of complication from flu if you are pregnant; suffer from a long term health condition i.e. asthma, heart, kidney or liver disease, diabetes, COPD, stroke; have a BMI over 40; have a learning disability; immunosuppression; chronic neurological disease or MS; coeliac disease.

You are also eligible if you have caring responsibilities so you can stay fit and well.

Please note if you work in healthcare it is your employers responsibility to provide your flu vaccination.


Retirement from Partnership Announcement

A Message from Dr Cooper

Dear Patients

In March 2019 I will have been at Newbridge Surgery for 30 years. After so long, it feels the right time to announce my retirement from the partnership at the end of August 2018.

It is time for the young, energetic clinicians to shape the future of Newbridge Surgery and for me to have more time for my elderly Mother, to visit my grown-up children and have time for my garden, my allotment, cycling, walking and being creative.

However, the partnership has offered me a role in the practice as an assistant working two shorter days to enable me to slowly adjust to retirement and to provide some continuity and stability as we have had many staff changes during this year. I am really keen to stay here for a little while longer as I enjoy my work. I have got to know many of you well and it has been a privilege to care for you, on life’s journey with all its ups and downs.

I will continue to be a GP trainer, to fit coils and implants, to do joint injections and minor surgery and shall look forward to seeing you in my new role from October.

Best Wishes


Susan Cooper