Shingles vaccine becomes benefit of the statutory health insurance

The Robert-Koch-Institute and the Federal Joint Committee (G-BA) have recommended the reimbursment of shingles vaccine as a benefit of the statutory health insurance. The Federal Ministry of Health (BMG) is due to approve the recommendation. This is the usual way for a vaccination to be accepted as a statutory benefit.

Shingles vaccine should be applied to patients above 60 years of age and those with increased health risks beyond the age of 50. It prevents severe progression of herpes zoster and postherpetic neuralgia.

Currently the vaccination consists of two Shingrix doses, applicable in two months intervall and available as a private service.

We will inform due to course as soon as the benefit is approved officially by the BMG.

Surgery closure from 28th January to 8th February 2019

Our surgery is closed from Monday, 28th January to Friday, 8th February 2019 for holidays.

Please make sure, you order your referral forms and repeat prescriptions in time.

Cover during our closure by:

– Dr Beyen Surgery, Bahnhofstr. 18, 26409 Wittmund – Burhafe, Tel. 04973 253

Be aware: Due to the lack of your full records complicated administrative task and applications can not be dealed with by the covering practice.

We are back in service from Monday, 11th February 2019.

Thank you for your understanding.

Only G2 Health Cards are valid

From 1st January 2019 only G2- or G2.1 Health Cards are valid for use. They are identifiable by the G2 or G2.1 code underneath the “Gesundheitskarte” lettering.

Please contact your health insurance company for the isssue of a new G2 card in case you are still in possession of a G1 card. We advise to destroy all the out of date cards to prevent unneccessary confusion.

Festive opening hours

Monday, 24th December 2018 : Closed

Thursday, 27th December 2018 : Opened for urgent cases
from 8:00 to 12:00 hr and 15:00 to 17:00 hr

Friday, 28th December 2018 : Closed
Covered by Dr Beyen Surgery, Bahnhofstr. 18, 26409 Wittmund – Burhafe,
Tel. 04973 253, from 8:00 to 11:00 hr

Monday, 31st December 2018 : Closed

Wednesday, 2nd Januar 2019 : Normal working day

HPV vaccination for boys covered by the statutory health insurance

Human Papillomaviruses (HPV) are found in men and women worldwide. Human being is its sole natural resevoir. It is transmitted by sexual contact and accounts for one of the most common sexual transmitted diseases. Two HPV-subtypes belong to the low-risk group causing genital warts. Further 12 high-risk HPV-subtypes are able to transform lesion on the infected site into malignant cancer. It can become cervix carcinoma in female, and penis, anus and oral carcinoma in male.

From 30th November 2018 HPV vaccination cost for boys from the age of 9 to 14 years is covered by the statutory health insurance scheme as it has already been in force for girls. Please contact us for further Information.

Surgery closed on 30th November 2018

Our surgery is closed on Friday, 30th November 2018.
Please make sure, you order your referral forms and repeat prescriptions in time.

Cover during our closure by:
– Dr Beyen Surgery, Bahnhofstr. 18, 26409 Wittmund – Burhafe, Tel. 04973 253
from 8:00 to 11:00 hr

We will re-open on Monday, 3rd December 2018. Thank you for your understanding.

Increased risk of skin cancer under treatment with HCT

Hydrochlorothiazide (HCT) is a diuretic medication widely used to treat high blood pressure – up to 45% of hypertension patients in Germany, for congestive heart failure and fluid retention / oedema in the body. It is available either as a single preparation or combined with other antihypertensive drugs e.g. Ramipril, Valsartan, Candesartan, Bisoprolol etc, These combinations used to have an appendix like “plus” or “comp” in their German trade names e.g. Ramiplus, Bisoplus or Candesartan comp. Usual dosage for HCT is 12,5 mg or 25 mg.

Recent studies indicated that longterm usage of HCT increases the risk of having skin cancer, probably due to increased photosensitivity of the skin.

Although skin cancer is a rare disease it is advisable for patients taking HCT to be precautious, to observe and report any change of the skin condition to the doctor and perhaps to swap HCT for a suitable substitute.

Please contact us for further advice.

Problems around the electronic Health Card

Since March 2018 our surgery is electronically linked to the telematics infrastructure. During the retrieval procedure your data stored on your e-Health Card are checked with your health insurance database. In some cases the e-Health Card is rejected and your valid insurance status is not confirmed.

Here are information and possible solution relating to e-Health Card issues (German): e-Health Card info