We've had a number of people present at the surgery with Shingles recently.
The main symptom of Shingles is pain, followed by a rash that develops into itchy blisters, similar to chicken pox.
Shingles isn't usually serious, but see your GP as soon as possible if you recognise the symptoms. Early treatment may help reduce the severity of your symptoms and the risk of developing complications.
It's not possible to catch shingles from someone with the condition or from someone with chickenpox. However, you can catch chickenpox from someone with shingles if you haven't had chickenpox before, but this is uncommon.
A vaccination against Shingles is available on the NHS to some patients in their 70s. Please see the link below for further information. There are currently 241 patients registered with the surgery who are eligible for the vaccination and have not taken up the invitation or specfically declined.