With temperatures rising here are some tips on how you can say healthy in the heat:
Stay out of the sun when it is really hot.
Wear loose clothes and if you go out, wear sun cream, sunglasses and a sunhat.
Don’t do too much exercise.
Have lots of cool drinks (not alcohol) and eat cool food like salads.
Have a cool shower, bath or wash.
Use plants and bowls of water to keep rooms cool, close curtains during the day and turn off lights. Open windows at night when it is safe to do so.
Check on people who are older or live on their own.
Do not leave people who are vulnerable to very hot weather (very young babies, children or older people) alone in a parked car.
Keep medicines cool.
Check with your doctor about your medications in very hot weather, go to the doctor if you feel dizzy, have pains in your legs or stomach or feel unwell.
Breast Screening for Women aged 70-79 years on 01/04/2018 who have missed a final screen
Following an investigation which began in January 2018, Public Health England and NHS England identified that in some instances women were not being invited for their final breast screen between their 68th and 71st birthday. Approximately 206,000 women in England aged 70—79 years will receive a letter. Those aged up to 72 will be sent a catch up screening invitation. Women aged 72 and above will be offered the opportunity for a screen. Routine breast screening will be unaffected and most women in these age groups will still have received their final screen. All affected women registered with a GP will receive a letter with advice and signposting. A helpline has been established Tel: 0800 169 2692. If you are concerned, please contact this number.
Don’t let hay fever spoil your summer
Did you know you don’t need to see your GP for hay fever treatment?
Hay fever and seasonal allergy treatments such as tablets, eye drops and nasal sprays are all easily available at low cost from your local pharmacy – no prescription from your GP required!
Antihistamines are usually the best treatment for hay fever and these can easily be bought from local pharmacies or supermarkets. Buying a packet of 30 tablets can cost as little as £2, but if a patient goes to their GP to get a prescription then it costs the NHS considerably more.
By going to the pharmacy you’ll be saving yourself time and money, freeing up GP appointments for people with more urgent needs as well as doing your bit to help the NHS save money on unnecessary prescription costs.
For more information about treating allergies or to find your nearest pharmacy and opening times visit www.nhs.uk
Top tips to help ease hay fever symptoms:
- Keep house and car windows closed, especially when the pollen count is high (early morning between 7am to 9am and evenings between 5pm and 7pm)
- Avoid large grassy areas, woodland, cutting the grass and car fumes
- Wear wrap-around sunglasses
- Use petroleum jelly inside your nose to block inhalation of pollen
- Don’t dry washing outside to avoid pollen sticking to your clothes
- When you get in from outside wash your hands, face, hair, rinse your eyes and change your clothes.
Please be aware that from April 1st each prescription item price will increase by 20p to £8.80. The prepayment certificate prices will remain the same price at £29.10 for 3 months and £104 for 12 months.
New home test kit for bowel cancer screening
The NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme increases survival rates from bowel cancer by detecting disease before symptoms appear when it is easier to treat. The programme is introducing an improved home test kit for screening from April 2018. Called a faecal immunochemical test (FIT), it will replace the guaiac faecal occult blood test (gFOBt).
More information is available from the following link: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/bowel-cancer-screening/
Baby & Child Immunisations
The Nursing Team administer baby and child immunisations. The reminder / recall service is managed for Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group by an organisation called PROVIDE - Child Health Information Service (CHIS). If PROVIDE CHIS have the incorrect information for your child or you believe your child has previously had this immunisation, please contact them directly on tel: 0300 303 9997. For all other queries; please contact your GP Practice.
Child Health Information Service (CHIS) - Tel: 0300 3039997 / Email: firstname.lastname@example.org / www.provide.org.uk
Use the NHS wisely
Every time you visit your GP it costs the NHS £45 (this is the average cost calculated by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group for a GP consultation, cost of medication, and dispensing fee). You can treat minor illnesses such as colds and coughs, sore throats, and upset stomachs easily at home with medicines, which you can easily buy at low cost from your local pharmacy.
A good idea is to stock up on first aid essentials, which are available from the Surgery dispensary:
- pain relief (paracetamol)
- cough and sore throat remedies
- a first aid kit
- upset stomach treatment
- rehydration treatment
- heartburn and indigestion treatment
Having these at hand will save you time and help you to feel better quicker, whilst helping save the NHS much needed resources. Your pharmacist can also offer you advice and guidance on the best treatment for you – no appointment needed. Pharmacists are also available in the evenings and over the weekend.
Speak Your Mind - A new mental health magazine!
Produced by people with their own experiences of health challenges, Speak Your Mind magazine has been created not only to give people access to the wealth of support and information out there, but also to give readers the opportunity to share their experiences and learn from each other. That might be through telling their personal story in the magazine, explaining their approach to wellness or sharing a poem they find inspirational. To download the magazine for free go to http://www.cpft.nhs.uk/about-us/recovery-college-east.htm
Are 'Self Care' aware?
.. the Kids returned to school, and the bugs have arrived...
Coughs and colds, upset tummies, sickness bugs and headlice are among some of the main culprits, all of which can be treated at home with basic medicine available from your local pharmacy - no GP appointment or prescription required! Alternatively practice nurses, can help with lots of minor conditions which mean you don’t need to see a GP.
Remember that children can get between eight to 10 colds a year, and a cough can last at least three weeks before it starts to improve. Visiting your GP and getting medication on prescription, which could be easily bought over the counter, costs the local NHS approximately £45 each time you visit.
For further information on treatment of common childhood illnesses you can view or download the local NHS ‘Your Guide to Childhood Illnesses’. A handy guide on common childhood illnesses for parents of children under six, it also has information about spotting the signs of a serious illness and local NHS services.
link to the guide is:
.. Young Adults at college or university, whether you’re a fresher or in your final year or a parent, we have a few basic health care tips:
1. Get a ACWY vaccine It protects against four different strains of meningococcal bacteria that cause meningitis and blood poisoning (septicaemia): A, C, W and Y. Ask your GP!
2. Register with a GP at university / college You never know when you might need medical help. If you take regular medicines only available on prescription, such as contraceptive pills, make sure you have enough to last the term or until you can register with a doctor close by.
3. Take a first aid kit with you. Not the most exciting thing but a first aid kit with plasters, painkillers, treat for upset stomachs, thermometer, tweezers, insect bite cream or spray and antiseptic cream is a good start... Stock up your medicine cabinet
Now is a good time of the year to give your medicine cabinet a review. Below is a good basic first aid kit that all homes should have, it means you have the right things for basic first aid, and it’ll also save you a trip to the pharmacy if you’re not feeling well. You can stock up your first aid kit at the Surgery Dispensary!
First Aid kits should include:
• plasters, tweezers, scissors and safety pins
• small, medium and large sterile gauze dressings and sticky tape
• at least two sterile eye dressings
• triangular bandages and disposable sterile gloves
• alcohol-free cleansing wipes and a thermometer
• skin rash cream such as hydrocortisone and antiseptic cream
• painkillers such as paracetamol , aspirin (not to be given to children under 16), or ibuprofen
• cough medicine and antihistamine tablets
• eye wash and eye bath
Have a look at our Advice for Young Patients page for information about going off to university and your health. There is also a good list on the dispensary services page for what to stock up your medicines cabinet with.
Our next patient event will be 12.30 on Thursday 22nd March at the Surgery. We'll be taking a look at visiting the Surgery from the perspective of a patient living with Dementia. This may be useful if you are a carer or have a family member who you would like to help.
Our January / February 2018 newsletter is now available from the link below
Surgery Newsletter Jan & Feb 2018
Friends and Family Test
Would you recommend our GP practice to friends and family if they needed similar care and treatment?
Please fill in a Friends and Family form available in the waiting room and drop it into the Surgery box, all responses are anonymous.
If you would like to give us feedback on our services, please feel free to email the surgery and add the subject Friends & Family within your text. Our email address is email@example.com .
Getting to the Surgery
There is a Bus Service for Great Staughton, details are available from the following link: https://greatstaughton.com/2016/06/20/new-bus-service-to-huntingdon/
Prism: The mental health service in your GP surgery
Prism (Primary care Service for Mental health) is a service run by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT).
The service, which runs Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm, has rolled out to 37 surgeries around the county. It provides specialist mental health support for GP surgeries so that patients with mental health conditions can access prompt advice and support, receive help in a community setting and experience a more joined-up approach to care. Prism is for anyone aged between 17-65 years with mental health conditions and is based on a person’s needs rather than their diagnosis.
You can find out more about the service on our website here - http://www.cpft.nhs.uk/services/prism-service.htm