Medical student from Oldenburg University

From 22nd to 28th May 2019 a medical student of the Oldenburg University will have her training week in our surgery.
She should have the oppertunity to exerise practical skill early in her career: Taking medical history and clinical examination.
If you do not wish to be interviewed and examined by a medical student or to have her attending your appointment, please let our receptionist know.
Medical confidentiality is fully applied to such training sessions.
Thank you for your cooperation.

Vaccination against shingles as statutory right

The risk for severe herpes zoster and stubborn postherpetic neuralgia is increased in persons beyond 60 years of age. Patients above 50 years who have
congenital or acquired immune deficiency or such with chronic diseases e.g.

  • HIV-infection,
  • rheumatoid arthritis,
  • systemic lupus erythematodes,
  • chronic inflammatory bowel condition,
  • chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or bronchial asthma,
  • chronic renal failure,
  • diabetes mellitus, etc.

are also at higher risk for shingles and its complications.

More than 300.000 people are affected by zoster each year in Germany. Approximately 5% of those develop painful neuralgia even weeks after the recovery of the skin eruption.

Hence the Robert-Koch-Institute of Berlin advises the inocculation against shingles by an inactivated vaccine for these groups of the population. It consists of two jabs in a two months interval. Since 1st May 2019 it becomes part of the statutory health services.

New rules for health check from April 2019

Commencing on 1st April 2019 new rules are applicable for health screening programme:

  • New: Check-up is available to patients between 18 and 35 years of age as an one-off service free of charge
  • Patients beyond 35 years are entitled to free health check every 3 years, until now every 2 years
  • Adjusted accordingly to the new rules for AOK Lower Saxony insurance members above 60 years Check-up 60 plus is eligible every 3 years

Consequently for 2019 health check is due for all patients who had their last check-up in 2016 and earlier respectively for patients between 18 and 35 years.

New recommendation for colon cancer prevention from 19th April 2019

From 19th April 2019 new measures for colon cancer prevention are applicable:

  • Men above 50 years of age are eligible for preventive coloscopy, up to now above 55 years, due to higher risk of colon cancer than women.
  • Women are entitled to preventive coloscopy from the age of 55 years further on.

Thereafter a new coloscopy is due after 9 calendar years for both groups.

The entitlement to annual faecal occult blood test – iFOBT – remains unchanged for both sexes from the age of 50 and biennial from 55.

Also new, members of the statutory health insurance will receive written invitation to colon cancer program regularly fron July 2019.

Surgery closed on 29th March 2019

Our surgery is closed on Friday, 29th March 2019.
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, 1st April 2019. Thank you for your understanding.

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.