Young & Widowed

When you suffer a bereavement your world can feel like it has stood still. Everyday tasks can seem impossible and supporting other members of your family a challenge. The Sanctuary in Lango are there to help and support you through your jorney, run and set up bu others in the same situation to offer a listening ear and friendship. See the leaflet below for more information.

Ribble Valley Bereavement Support Group

Surviving the life of a loved one… one day at a time. – Sandra Toscano Huerta

You can’t re-create the life you once had – you have to reivent a life for yourself – Christine Rasmussen

They meet on the first Thursday of each month at The Mutual Room, St Mary’s Centre, (opposite St. Mary Magdalene Church) Church Street, Clitheroe. BB7 2DG. You are most welcome even if you do not live in the Ribble Valley.

For further details contact either Pam Davies on 07785 610751 or Madeline Adey 01200 429346.

Getting medication if the UK leaves the EU without a deal on the 29th March 2019

Information for patients on how they will continue to receive medicines and treatment, if the UK leaves the EU without a deal on 29 March.

The government is working with pharmaceutical companies, suppliers, and the NHS to make sure patients continue to receive the medication they need if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

Around three quarters of the medicines and over half the devices and one-use medical products, such as syringes, that the NHS uses, come into the UK via the EU.

The Government has analysed the supply chain, made plans to reduce the risk of disruption, and given instructions to pharmaceutical companies to ensure that they have adequate stocks to cope with any potential delays at the border. We are confident that, if everyone does what they should do, the supply of medicines and other medical supplies will be uninterrupted in the event of exiting the EU without a deal.

This means if your doctor prescribes you with medicines or special equipment for a health condition, you should still be able to get the treatment you need from your GP or pharmacist.

Occasionally we do experience temporary shortages of specific medicines. If this happens, your doctor will prescribe the best alternative to your usual medication – this is a tried and tested system.

If there are any shortages of particular medicines after EU Exit, the same system will be in place – your doctor will advise you of the best alternative to treat your condition.

This is a UK-wide policy. The Department of Health and Social Care in England is working with counterparts in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales to deliver the uninterrupted supplies people expect.

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Donation from The Ribble Valley Diabetes Group


Pendleside Practice Nurse Carole Kay and Castle Practice nurse Julie McShane were presented each with a cheque of £400 by Sue Riley the secretary of The Ribble Valley Diabetes Group.
The money will be used for material and equipment to enhance the Pendleside in house pre-diabetes group sessions held by Sarah Hemmingway. Castle Practice plan to purchase new scales and equipment.
The nurses would like to thank the Diabetes Group for this generous donation.


Did you know? Extra GP and Nurse appointments are now available through this practice.

Ask our Reception staff to book you an appointment at any of the following community clinics. Monday to Friday – 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm Saturday – 10 am to 4 pm Sunday – 10 am to 4 pm To book an appointment, call the practice or speak to reception.

More GP appointments for East Lancashire residents

An innovative new scheme has been lauched in Eat Lancashire to increase the number of GP appointments available to patient in the area. The scheme, known as extended GP access was first suggested in a public consultation in 2016 when the NHS east Lancashire CCG proposed to improve GP access across East Lancashire.

The GP extended access scheme has been tried and tested in Hydburn since January this year and now will be available for residents of Burnley, Pendle, Ribblesdale and Rossendale. Patients registered with GPs in each area will be able to benefit from the extended GP access in a system set up and run by local GP s to improve access to GP services.

Every GP practice in each area of East Lancashire will be involved in the new extended GP access system.  NHS East Lancashire has comminsioned a local group of GPs working across the whole of East Lancashire called EU Federation of GPs to introduce the scheme in each area.

The extended GP access scheme means that patients can make an appointment by telephone or face to face with their GP practice to see a GP or practice nurse, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at night on week days and from 10am – 4pm on a Saturday and Sunday. The system has been set up by local GPs working collectively to improve access to GP and practice nurse servies. The appointments available in these extra weekday and weekend hours are in addition to the usual GP surgery opening hours from 8am-6:30pm.

The GPs will be able to access the full medical record and history to enable a thorough assessment and course of treatment. It also means that the patients record will be updated which will provide continuity of care. Appointments are being made for GP and nurse consultations from extended GP access hubs in Burnley, Hyndburn and Pendle. Rossendale and Ribblesdale will follow.

Burnley – St Peters via Burnley Group Practice

Hyndburn – Peel House Medical Centre

Pendle – Yarnspinners via Reedyford Practice

Rossendale – Haslingden Health Centre via Dr Mackenzie & Partners from the 24th September

Ribble Valley – currently patients can access any of the other areas with a local site anticipated to go live by 1st November.



Flu vaccination is available every year on the NHS to help protect adults and children at risk of flu and its complications. Flu can be unpleasant, but if you are otherwise healthy it will usually clear up on its own within a week.

However, flu can be more severe in certain people, such as:

  • anyone aged 65 and over
  • pregnant women
  • have an underlying health condition (such as long-term heart or respiratory disease)
  • have a weakened immune systems
  • Carer

Anyone in these risk groups is more likely to develop potentially serious complications of flu, such as pneumonia (a lung infection), so it’s recommended that they have a flu vaccine every year to help protect them.

What’s new in 2018?

There are two factors this year that will affect the way in which we run our clinics.


There are 3 types of flu vaccine:

  • a live quadrivalent vaccine (which protects against 4 strains of flu), given as a nasal spray. This is for children and young people aged 2 to 17 years eligible for the flu vaccine
  • a quadrivalent injected vaccine. This is for adults aged 18 and over but below the age of 65 who are at increased risk from flu because of a long-term health condition and for children 6 months and above in an eligible group who cannot receive the live vaccine
  • an adjuvanted injected vaccine. This is for people aged 65 and over


This year our vaccine supplies are being dispatched as follows:

  • 40% in September
  • 20% in October
  • 40% in November

As a consequence, this year our flu clinics will be tailored around the above two factors. Meaning we will be running separate clinics depending on your age and they will be spread out through September – December.

 A Breakdown of who is eligible

65 and overs and the flu vaccine – You are eligible for the flu vaccine this year (2018/19) if you will be aged 65 and over on 31 March 2019 – that is, you were born on or before 31 March 1954. So, if you are currently 64 but will be 65 on 31 March 2019, you do qualify.

Pregnant women  – All pregnant women (including those women who become pregnant during the flu season)

An underlying health condition – The qualifying conditions are:

  • Chronic (long-term) respiratory disease, such as severe asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or bronchitis
  • Chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
  • Chronic kidney disease at stage 3, 4 or 5.
  • Chronic liver disease
  • Chronic neurological disease, such as Parkinson’s Disease, moto neurone disease or learning disability
  • Diabetes
  • Splenic dysfunction or asplenia
  • Morbidly obese (defined as BMI of 40 and above)

Weakened immune systems – Weather this is due to disease (such as HIV/AIDS) or treatment (such as cancer treatment). Consideration should also be given to the vaccination of household contact of immunocompromised individuals, specifically individuals who expect to share living accommodation on most days over the winter and therefore, for whom continuing close contact is unavoidable

Carer – Those who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or who are the main carer of an older or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill.

Other vaccines that you may be offered


What is Shingles?

Shingles, also known as herpes zoster, is a painful skin rash caused by the chickenpox virus (varicella-zoster virus)

Who can have the shingles vaccination?

Shingles vaccination is available to all people aged 70 or 78. In addition, anyone who was previously eligible but missed out on their shingles vaccination remains eligible until their 80th birthday. The shingles vaccine is not available on the NHS to anyone aged 80 or over because it seems to be less effective in this age group. You can have the shingles vaccination at any time of year, as soon as you turn 70 or 78.

 Is there anyone who should not have the shingles vaccination?

You should not have the shingles vaccination if you:

  • Have a weakened immune system
  • You’ve had a serious allergic reaction (including an anaphylactic reaction) to a previous dose of any of the substances in the vaccine, such as neomycin and gelatin
  • You’ve had a serious allergic reaction (including an anaphylactic reaction) to a previous dose of the chickenpox vaccine
  • Have an untreated TB infection


Who should have the pneumococcal vaccine?

There are four groups of people who are advised to get vaccinated against pneumococcal infections:babies

  • people aged 65 and over
  • anyone from the ages of 2 to 65 with a long-term health condition
  • anyone at occupational risk, such as welders

Babies – Babies are routinely vaccinated as part of their childhood vaccination programme.

Adults aged 65 or over – If you are 65 or over and haven’t already had a pneumo jab, you will be offered a type of pneumo jab known as the pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPV). This one-off vaccination is very effective at protecting you against serious forms of pneumococcal infection.

People with long-term health problems and the pneumococcal vaccine – The PPV pneumo jab is available on the NHS for children and adults aged from 2 to 64 years old who are at a higher risk of developing a pneumococcal infection than the general population. This is generally the same people who are eligible for annual flu vaccination.

You’re considered to be at a higher risk of a pneumococcal infection if you have:

  • had your spleen removed, your spleen does not work properly or if you are at risk of your spleen not working properly in future (for example if you have coeliac disease)
  • a long-term respiratory disease, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • heart disease, such as congenital heart disease
  • chronic kidney disease
  • chronic liver disease, such as liver cirrhosis
  • diabetes
  • a suppressed immune system caused by a health condition such as HIV
  • a suppressed immune system caused by medication such as chemotherapy or steroid tablets
  • a cochlear implant (a small hearing device fitted inside your ear)
  • had cerebrospinal fluid (the clear fluid that surrounds the brain and spine) leaking from its usual position – this could be due to an accident or surgery

Adults and children over the age of five who are severely immunocompromised (including anyone with leukaemia; multiple myeloma; genetic disorders affecting the immune system or after a bone marrow transplant) usually have a single dose of PCV followed by PPV.

Welders and metal workers – Some people with an occupational risk are advised to have the pneumococcal vaccine, including those who work with metal fumes, such as welders.

Booster doses of pneumococcal vaccine – If you are at increased risk of a pneumococcal infection, you will be given the PPV vaccination just once, and generally this will protect you for life. However, if your spleen does not work properly or if you have a chronic kidney condition, you may need booster doses of PPV every five years. This is because your levels of antibodies against the infection will decrease over time.







N.B At present we are still waiting on information for the childhood flu vaccinations. Once we have more information, we will inform the parents of the children eligible and put more information on our website.



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