Shortages Of Pneumococcal Vaccine 

Shortages of pneumococcal vaccine mean that GPs will be unable to offer it alongside flu vaccine in some groups of patients, Public Health England has advised. Please click link below to read more. 

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Ranitidine Alert

We have received an alert regarding the safety and supply for patients taking oral medication preparations containing Ranitidine. These items are expected to be out of stock with no current information available for an expected resolve date. The products affected include: Ranitidine 75mg, 150mg and 300mg tablets, Ranitidine 150mg and 300mg effervescent tablets, Ranitidine 150mg/5ml and 75mg/5ml solution. The MHRA advice is to continue taking the medication as the health risk of discontinuing the medicine is higher than the potential risk presented by the contaminant. We will be reviewing the patients on this medication and will switch to an appropriate alternative. Please contact the surgery if you have any questions or concerns. 


Supply issues: Emerade 500 Microgram And 300 Microgram Adrenaline Auto-Injector Devices

We have been notified by the Department of Health that there are currently supply issues for Emerade 500 Microgram and 300 Microgram. 

Please click on the link below to read the document to find out more information. 

Supply Disruption Alert


Seasonal Influenza 2019/2020 Delivery Update

We have received notification from Sanofi who supplies our UNDER 65’s flu vaccines, they have notified us that there will be a delay of 3 weeks before then can deliver the vaccines to us and everyone else nationally including pharmacies.

Our first order will be delivered on 7th October 2019, then 21st October and the final delivery will be on the 18th November 2019.

Vaccines for OVER 65’s will be delivered on time as planned on the 4th September 2019 and 2nd October 2019.

We highly recommend that you take your flu jab to protect yourself this winter.

We will notify all eligible patients soon as we receive the vaccines so that you can book in with the Nurse/HCA for your annual flu jab.

Below is the letter we have received from Sanofi.

Sanofi Delivery notice


Practice Merging

Please click on the following link below to find out more about Rutland House Surgery merging with Muswell Hill Practice.

Rutland House Merging news


Latest NHS failed appointments report 

15 million patients fail to turn up for their GP: No-shows costs NHS £216m a year


Rise In Cases Of measles And mumps Across London

Since January 2019 there have been 538 notifications of measles and 697 notifications of mumps in London. These are clinical diagnoses but around 30% are also laboratory confirmed.The majority of new cases are in young adults who have travelled to other parts of Europe on holiday, acquired the infection there and then transmitted to unvaccinated household members on their return. 


GP Access Hubs

Appointments are now available for all patients registered at any Haringey practice.

Monday to Friday: 6:30 – 8:30pm

Saturday and Sunday: 8:00am to 8:00pm

Contact your GP practice or call 0330 053 9499 during the above hub opening hours to book an appointment at one of four locations. Please note opening hours will vary between hubs: 

You can make an appointment if you are registered at any practice in Haringey. You will be able to see a local Haringey GP or healthcare professional. It may be someone from your practice, and if not, it will be another local GP, Practice Nurse or Healthcare Assistant.


Text Message Error

There is currently a technical fault on our clinical system. You may receive a text message when booking a ‘TELEPHONE APPOINTMENT’ to let you know there is an appointment booked for you at the surgery.

If you receive this message please DO NOT come in to the surgery as this is not a face to face appointment. Please ignore the text message as it is a telephone appointment and the doctor will contact you later during the day.

Our clinical software provider is aware of this technical issue and we sincerely apologise if this has caused you any inconvenience.


Winter Flu

You can often treat the flu without seeing your GP and should begin to feel better in about a week.


Check if you have flu

Flu symptoms come on very quickly and can include:

  • a sudden fever - a temperature of 38C or above
  • aching body
  • feeling tired or exhausted
  • dry, chesty cough
  • sore throat
  • headache
  • difficulty sleeping
  • loss of appetite
  • diarrhoea or tummy pain
  • nausea and being sick

The symptoms are similar for children, but they can also get pain in their ear and appear less active.


How to treat flu yourself

To help you get better more quickly:

  • rest and sleep
  • keep warm
  • take paracetamol or ibuprofen to lower your temperature and treat aches and pains
  • drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration (your pee should be light yellow or clear)


A pharmacist can help with flu

A pharmacist can give treatment advice and recommend flu remedies.

Be careful not to use them if you’re taking paracetamol and ibuprofen tablets as it’s easy to take more than the recommended dose.

Speak to a pharmacist before giving medicines to children.


See your GP if:

  • your symptoms don’t improve after 7 days
  • you’re worried about your child’s symptoms
  • you’re 65 or over
  • you’re pregnant
  • you have a long-term medical condition – for example, diabetes or a heart, lung, kidney or neurological disease
  • you have a weakened immune system – for example, because of chemotherapy or HIV



GPs don’t recommend antibiotics for flu because they won’t relieve your symptoms or speed up your recovery.


Call 999 or go to A&E if you:

  • develop sudden chest pain
  • have difficulty breathing
  • start coughing up blood


How to avoid spreading the flu

Flu is very infectious and easily spread to other people. You’re more likely to give it to others in the first 5 days.

Flu is spread by germs from coughs and sneezes, which can live on hands and surfaces for 24 hours.

To reduce the risk of spreading flu:

  • wash your hands often with warm water and soap
  • use tissues to trap germs when you cough or sneeze
  • bin used tissues as quickly as possible


How to prevent flu

The flu vaccine reduces the risk of catching flu, as well as spreading it to others.

It’s more effective to get the vaccine before the start of the flu season (December to March).

Find out if you’re eligible for the free NHS flu vaccine

Flu vaccination and side effects for adults

Flu vaccination and side effects for children


Call 111

If you can’t speak to your GP or don’t know what to do next.

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