Cosmetic Injections – ‘Very Safe in Expert Hands’

If you’re looking at getting cosmetic injections or treatments, then it’s worth noting all of our procedures are administered from healthcare registered clinics and by registered GPs with comprehensive facial aesthetics training. The importance of this is discussed in the BBC article which is linked below.

BBC News: Minor cosmetic procedures ‘very safe in expert hands’

More Information about the treatments we provide can be found on our Cosmetic Injections Website

NHS Now Providing Free Flu Vaccine for 4 year olds in Wales

4 year old children will now be eligible for a free nasal spray version of the seasonal flu vaccine on the NHS.

This means that all children up to the age of 5, the over 65’s, women whom are pregnant, those with long-term conditions and some volunteer carers will be entitled to have the vaccine for free.

For more information on this story please follow this BBC News Link

If you are not currently entitled to the seasonal flu vaccine on the NHS, The Independent General Practice provide the injectable version of the flu vaccine privately.

Please visit our Seasonal Flu Vaccine Page for more information

Diabetes & Cholesterol Screening:

Diabetes and raised cholesterol are 2 common risk factors that increases one’s risk of having heart disease or stroke. If family history of diabetes or raised cholesterol is present; then the risk of having either conditions may be higher than if one is without family history of these conditions.

There is no real cut off point of when one should have a test. Test could be done at any interval requested – often annually for most people; but we have also seen testing at every 3 or 6 months.

Having a test may help people take healthier decisions that will lead to the lowering of risk of developing these diseases. Having the tests may also help people monitor their progress if they had already started on healthier lifestyle programs (how else would you know if your new diet/exercise is lowering your cholesterol/sugar levels?)

At the IGP, we can provide basic testing (sugar and cholesterol levels) to a more comprehensive testing (e.g. diabetic screening and diagnosis; cardiovascular risk profiles).

Recurrent Fatigue:

Do you feel tired all the time? Have you ever wondered why you felt tired even though you have had enough sleep and eat a balanced diet?

Tiredness may be cause by various factors – physical problems or emotional tiredness. Before one could attribute tiredness to emotional distress; it is quite normal to exclude physical causes. Physical causes could be due to anaemia (low blood count); thyroid disorders (under active thyroid); inadequate nutrients (e.g. vitamin B complex); diabetes and also general dysfunction of the liver or kidneys.

These physical causes can be excluded quite easily via blood tests. We have packages that cover anaemia screen, diabetic screen, thyroid dysfunction screen, nutrients profile; liver and kidney profiles.

Allergy Testing:

Allergies may present in various ways. Some may present as skin complaints – dry scaly skin (eczema type reaction); red weals or hives; itching around area of contact only or generalised itch; upon contact. Some affects the airways – wheezing, coughing, feeling tight in the chest; itchy nose/ears/eyes; upon inhalation. Food allergy may manifest as either skin presentation (e.g. persistent eczema or abdominal symptoms (like recurrent abdominal pain, changes in bowel habits).

Some people are predisposed to allergies more than others – family history of asthma as an example. Some people of certain ethnic origin may possess different gastrointestinal enzymes that may means they digest foods differently. For example, Far Eastern people may be predispose to lactose intolerance.

It may be useful to consider testing for allergies if you suspect that you have them or you have been manifesting persistent symptoms.

We have various tests. Food Allergy UK profile; Mediterranean profile; Middle East profile; or we can tailor specific profiles according to your request (e.g. cow’s milk, shellfish, eggs, various grasses, etc).

We also have the Eczema provoking profile; rhinitis provoking profile; inhalants profiles, nuts & seeds profile; and IgE allergy panel for children.

Performance and Nutrition tests:

Vitamins, nutrition and Lifestyle

Being able to know more about one’s own status of their own performance and nutrition levels may encourage one to take healthier decisions that can improve their day to day lives as well allowing one to modify habits that can affect health.

Do you know that being low in iron levels or vitamin B complex may predispose you to fatigue? Being low in zinc and vitamin C may predispose you to recurrent minor illnesses like the common cold. Being low in magnesium levels may predispose you to insomnia. Having too much cellular inflammation may predispose to slow recovery from physical stresses like strenuous exercise. Vitamin D insufficiency may lead to chronic muscular joint aches.

Testing for vitamins and mineral levels may help you identify the source of your symptoms and hence address them and start feeling better!

We also have the complete Sports/Performance profile test to help those who are partaking in fitness programs or endurance sports monitor any nutritional deficiencies so these can be corrected to improve performance.

At the IGP, we have wide choice of packages that may cover all your needs. We can also tailor the tests according to your specification.

Good nutrients for performance & good health:

The anti inflammatory fatty acid: Omega-3/Omega 6

Omega 3 is the name given to a family of polyunsaturated fatty acids; which the body needs but cannot manufacture itself. Omega 3 fats are used as the building blocks for fat derived hormones such as prostaglandins and leukotrienes. The hormones with an Omega 3 base tend to reduce inflammation, while those that have an Omega 6 base increase inflammation. In the cell membrane the competition between these two essential fats has a direct bearing on the type of local hormone produced and the level of inflammation in the cell.

The omega 6 to omega 3 ratio in the cell membranes is the key to the development of the inflammatory disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis and heart disease. It is also believed that too much inflammation in the body may affect general physical and mental performance in those who are well. Diets low in oily fish and high in grains will promote inflammation and affect good health. The ratio of Omega 6 to 3 in the West is around 15 to 1; i.e. promoting cellular inflammation.

Having twice as much Omega 6 is considered by most experts to be the optimal amount but a ratio of 2:1 is not easy to produce by diet alone. Many people are aware of the health benefits of Omega 3 but the supplementation to achieve optimal health is erratic. Being able to test for the Omega 6/Omega 3 ratio identifies a person’s current status and is sufficiently specific to allow an accurate supplementation recommendation to be made.

HPV Vaccine Recommendation for Boys & Girls

HPV Vaccine Recommended for Boys & Girls

The government’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation are meeting (September 2014) to discuss whether boys will be given the HPV Vaccine as well as girls.

Countries such as; Australia, the US, Austria and parts of Canada already offer the HPV jab to all adolescent boys. There is now pressure on the UK to follow suit by vaccinating boys aged 12 to 13.

There hundreds of different types of the human papillomavirus (HPV), which are passed on through sexual contact. It is believed that infections are responsible for 5% of all cancers worldwide. This equates to around 3,100 women being diagnosed with this type of cancer each year in the UK.

Currently the HPV vaccination programme reaches over 80% of girls but coverage rates are lower in some communities.

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The HPV vaccine is currently available privately at The independent General Practice for both boys and girls. Please Visit our HPV & Cervical Cancer page for more information.