Update on EU Exit Medicines
Updated information is available for patients on nhs.uk around continuity of medicines supply if there is a no-deal EU exit. These updates explain the government’s multi-layered approach to ensure that medicines continue to be available if there is a no-deal EU exit.
Don’t swallow up your NHS - use it wisely this winter
Winter illnesses such as colds and coughs, sore throats, and upset stomachs can easily be treated at home with medicines available at low cost from your local pharmacy - no GP appointment or prescription required.
Be sure to stock up on the following winter self care essentials to not only help save you time and help you to feel better quicker, but help save the NHS much needed resources.
- pain relief (paracetamol)
- cough and sore throat remedies
- first aid kit
- upset stomach treatment
- rehydration treatment
- heartburn and indigestion treatment
Your local pharmacist can also offer you advice and guidance on the best treatment for you – no appointment needed. Pharmacists are available on every high street and in supermarkets with many open evenings and weekends. Click HERE to find a pharmacy near you.
NHS 111 - available 24/7, 365 days a year
NHS 111 can help if you have an urgent medical problem and you’re not sure what to do.
To get help from NHS 111, you can:
- go online at 111.nhs.uk
- call 111
How NHS 111 works
You answer questions about your symptoms on the website, or by speaking to a fully trained adviser on the phone. Depending on the situation you’ll:
- find out what local service can help you
- be connected to a nurse, emergency dentist, pharmacist or GP
- get a face-to-face appointment if you need one
- be told how to get any medicine you need
- get self-care advice
So, if you think you need urgent medical help, call NHS 111 or visit 111.nhs.uk
Evening and weekend appointments available
All our patients now have access to more pre-bookable evening and weekend GP and nurse appointments.
To book an appointment, contact our reception team who will be able to book an appointment for you.
Appointments may not be at this practice, but if you talk to our receptionists, they will help you find the right service and at a time that is convenient.
Please see below the link to the Extended Access Service, Twitter & Facebook pages.
Use antibiotics on your doctor's advice
Antibiotics are essential to treat serious bacterial infections, but they are frequently being used to treat illnesses such as coughs, earache and sore throats that can get better by themselves. Taking antibiotics encourages harmful bacteria that live inside you to become resistant. That means that antibiotics may not work when you really need them.
Despite the risks of antibiotic resistance, research shows that 38% of people still expect an antibiotic from a doctor’s surgery, NHS walk-in centre or ‘GP out of hours’ service when they visited with a cough, flu or a throat, ear, sinus or chest infection in 2017.
If your GP refers you.....YOU CAN CHOOSE
If your GP needs to refer you for a physical or mental health condition, the NHS constitution says you can choose which hospital or service you go to. Patient Choice allows you to:
Go somewhere you prefer parking
Be treated as soon as possible
Be closer to home or family
Be closer to work
Choose a particular consultant
Ask your GP, call the Choice E-referral manager on 01223 725571/01223 725572 or visit www.nhs.uk/patientchoice and search 'services near you' for further information about which options are open to you when being referred by the GP. A choice is available for most patients in most circumstances. There are exceptions, for example if you are being sent to a triage service or if you need to be seen urgently.
If you are not able to attend an appointment you have booked, for whatever reason, please let us know. We can then offer that appointment to someone else who needs it.