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No Deal Brexit – Latest info please click here 

August 2019 We welcome our new GP Partner Dr Amit Bhardwaj


Get Your Free Flu Jab - click to read more

(updated 15th November 2019)

Our Saturday Flu clinics were well attended and although those have all finished now, you can still get your flu vaccination at a time to suit you. So please contact the practice to make an appointment with one of our nurses or ask to have it done when you come in for a routine GP appointment.

All practices across the whole Herts Valley CCG are at last getting this week some Naso-flus for ages 2 – 17 years from Public Health. Sadly they will only allow us to order a few at a time so please be patient if you still have to wait a little longer. In response to these delays Public Health England produced a leaflet to explain why there has been a delay in the availability of LAIV flu for under 18’s due to the manufacturer. Please click here for the information flyer. If you have any questions please contact Herts BLMK:


The vaccine is free to all in the categories below:

  • adults 65 and over
  • people with certain medical conditions (including children in at-risk groups from 6 months of age)
  • pregnant women
  • children aged 2 and 3
  • children in reception class and school years 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

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 trivalent injected vaccine (FLUAD) – this is for people aged 65 and over as it has been shown to be more effective in this age group

If your child is aged between 6 months and 2 years old and is in a high-risk group for flu, they will be offered an injected flu vaccine as the nasal spray is not licensed for children under 2.

The ‘Protecting your child from flu’ leaflet is now available to download in audio from: 

And also in braille – on demand from the Health Publications website.

And the same leaflet is available on GOV.UK in Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, German, Gujarati, Hindi, Italian, Polish, Romani, Romanian, Somali, Tagalog, Tamil, Turkish and Urdu. 

The Elms Medical Practice is now a Teaching & Training Practice

Health Education England has approved The Elms Medical Practice for teaching and training within the East of England Deanery. This means we are able to host newly qualified doctors within their Foundation years, as well as those undertaking General Practice training. 

We have also established strong links with other educational institutions and provide training to:

·     Physician Associate trainees (University of Hertfordshire)

·     Final Year Medical Students (University of Cambridge)

·     Year 5 Medical Students (University College London)

·     Year 5 Medical Students (Kings College London)

 The practice team are enthusiastic about the delivery of high-quality teaching and training, and are supported by a dedicated team of educators and administrative support:

Dr David Hemsi (Associate Trainer)

Dr Ellen Sibly (Associate Trainer)

Dr Vidya Kanthi (Associate Trainer)

Mrs Sarah Brindley (Practice Manager – Education Non-Clinical Lead)

Miss Emma Heaton (Deputy Manager)
Appointments with our learners may be offered to you and booked only with your consent. All learners are closely supervised by a named GP Partner. For training purposes, learners may require video recordings of some consultations and again, only with your consent. These are used solely for teaching and confidentiality is upheld between both the learner and GP educator.  

We hope you will support our commitment to the teaching and training of undergraduate and postgraduate healthcare professionals, and we would welcome any feedback regarding your experiences with them.

Check out how HCPA StopFalls can support you

Harpenden Primary Care Network - Please Click here to read information sheet for details.


Measles outbreak in our area May 2019

Please call us to check your child/teenager is vaccinated with the 2 doses - we can provide any missing vaccinations at your convenience

For more info please read the following Public Health leaflet and link below:

Measles Public Health Leaflet 2019

Local Data Sharing Scheme My Care Record

Dr Cathy Argyle has retired after 27 years at The Elms Medical Practice

Dr Cathy Argyle retired at the end of March 2019 after 27 years at The Elms Medical Practice.

‘’It has been a pleasure and delight to work at The Elms with such a dedicated, caring, experienced, forward thinking and friendly team. I have been privileged to meet and help so many lovely patients over the years, who I will miss greatly’’.

We are all so very sad to lose Dr Argyle and we will miss her knowledge, passion and kindness and we wish her a long and happy retirement.

Heart Age Campaign 2019

This is to increase awareness of heart health and reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke, the campaign encourages adults to complete the ‘One You Heart Age Test’ which reveals your heart age compared to your real age and gives advice on how to lower it. Click HERE to link to the Heart Age Campaign website.

Improving Access in our Locality



Gluten Free products are no longer available on prescription in Hertfordshire

Do you get gluten-free foods on prescription? Gluten-free foods are no longer available on prescription.
You can buy these foods from supermarkets, pharmacies and online without a prescription.
For more information please contact us at or 01442 898865

Gluten Free Information Leaflet

Cardio Prehab Event Presentation

What happens when you are referred by your GP to a specialist

Please can you take a moment by accessing the link above and answer the surveys about changes the CCG is proposing on access for IVF, gluten free foods, over the counter medications, female sterilisation, vasectomy and being fit for surgery (i.e. BMI and smoking policy).

These are very important issues and it is important that patients have a say. The deadline is 14th September. Thank you in advance for your time on this.

Fever in a child under 5 - use the traffic light table to help you determine the most sensible action to take

Have your say – join our Patient Participation Group

We value your feedback – take the Friends & Family Test

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