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Flu Update 2020 - watch this space for forthcoming flu clinics.

Please note that people in the 50-64-year old age group will not be vaccinated until November and December, providing there is sufficient vaccine, and no appointments will be offered for this age group until then. This is to ensure that those who are most at risk are vaccinated first.  If you are 50-64 and you are in one of the other groups which is eligible for the flu vaccination, for example you have a health condition which puts you at risk from the flu, you will be invited earlier.

Flu vaccination leaflet- who should have it this winter and why - in different languages. Please click on link:https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/flu-vaccination-who-should-have-it-this-winter-and-why

CORONAVIRUS - We are open!

Please note that the surgery is open, and we are here for you. It is important that you seek medical advice for any health related issues if you have worrying symptoms that may require treatment and we advise that you continue to contact the surgery to enable us to assess you.  Routine childhood immunisations are being done at the surgery and if your child is due for these, please make an appointment. Precautions have been put into place to ensure the safety of patients and staff at the surgery during COVID, and these will be explained to you when you call for an appointment or visit the surgery.  Further information about COVID can be found below.

Link to coronavirus guidance in different languages: https://www.doctorsoftheworld.org.uk/coronavirus-information/ 

Patient guidance on self isolation and social distancing for Covid 19 - please follow link:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Symptoms and what to do:

Self isolate for 10 days if you have either:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • notice a change to or have a loss of smell
  • notice a change to or have a loss of taste

If anyone in your household has these symptoms, you must self isolate for 14 days.

To protect others, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Stay at home, stay alert.

Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do.

Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.

Nurse Practitioner Minor Illness Clinic

Nurse Practitioner

Minor Illness Clinic

 

What is a Nurse Practitioner?

A nurse practitioner is a registered nurse who has received additional university education to increase their ability to treat, diagnose, counsel and educate patients who have Minor Illnesses. They can even prescribe if appropriate.

Why wait to consult with a doctor for a Minor Illness when you can book directly to see the Nurse Practitioner in the minor illness clinic? You can book an appointment by phone or in person and we are looking to make online bookings available in the near future through the ‘Patient Access’ service.

Minor illnesses by definition are not seen as urgent or emergency problems. If in doubt call your surgery or dial 111

Any of the following qualify to be seen as a Minor illness:

·         BP review

·         Colds / Flu symptoms

·         Constipation

·         Coughs / Chest infection / Asthma or COPD exacerbations

·         Diarrhoea & Vomiting

·         Ear Infections

·         Fever / Temperature

·         Hay Fever

·         Indigestion

·         Minor Burns

·         Minor Injuries (Sprain, cuts, bruises, strains, bump to the head unless been   unconscious then A+E or GP)  

·         Minor Skin Infections

·         Minor Wounds

·         Sinusitis

·         Skin Rashes (Acute not Chronic)

·         Sore Throats

·         Thrush

·         Urine Infections (Specimen required at visit)

 

The appointment is for 20 minutes for no more issues at a time if possible.

 

 

Exclusions are:

  • Under 16 years of age
  •      Mental Health issues
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  •      No Eye conditions or Dental issues – These should address to an optician or dentist accordingly.
  • Pregnant patients
  • Severe chest pain or severe difficulty breathing (Need A+E referral via 999)
  • Having convulsions / blackouts / severe headaches lasting more than 24hrs
  • Coughing or vomiting blood
  • Sudden loss of sight – Call 999
  • Bleeding profusely from any orifice
  •  Any illness related to a condition already being treated or you have been recently seen for by a GP, in which case you need to see a GP again, or you are being treated for by a Hospital specialist / Secondary care service.
  • Reviewing of Long term conditions – such as COPD, Diabetes, Mental Health, Learning disabilities, Heart Failure, Kidney disease, Dementia, Cardio vascular and heart disease, Cancer, Depression and strokes.

 

We currently have a male Nurse practitioner (Martin) so any discrete / private minor illnesses that need a female Practitioner you would need to book to see a GP or request a chaperone at the appointment.

If in doubt ask a Receptionist



 
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