Health Advice & Useful Information

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Alcohol & drugs advice & support

Looking for support or advice regarding alcohol or drugs?

Children & Young People
  • We recommend having a look at what0-18 for useful, NHS-approved health information for children, young people and pregnant mothers.
  • When Should I Worry? is a useful leaflet providing advice and guidance on common conditions such as coughs, colds, earache and sorethroats.
  • Concerned that your child is unwell? For children aged 3 months and older, have a look at this resource for more information on common conditions in childhood, what to expect and how to manage them.
  • My child is unwell – should he/she attend school or nursery? Read this resource for more information relating to different conditions and whether school attendance is to be avoided.
  • Worried about sepsis? Click here for more information, or look at this leaflet which is aimed at helping parents and carers to spot sepsis in children.
Childhood immunisations
  • As parents we all want the best for our children. We invest in stair gates, safety gadgets and car seats but it is also important to keep them safe by ensuring that they are up to date with their immunisations. Click here for more information.
  • Common myths about childhood vaccinations.
  • The MMR vaccine – national guidance is available here. Please note for children registered with us:
    • 1st MMR to be given at 12 months of age. NOT SOONER.
    • 2nd MMR to be given at 3 years 4 months of age. NOT SOONER.
    • We will write to patients inviting them for their 2nd MMR.
    • If your child has missed the MMR vaccination or you have declined it in the past, but you now wish your child to have it, please contact us to organise this.
    • You can have the MMR up to the age of 18 years.
    • When teenagers attend the surgery for their leaving school booster, we check to see if they have had 2 MMR vaccinations. If they have not had 2 doses, we can offer this to them at the same time
  • Patients who have had Covid19 may still be experiencing various side-effects and symptoms of the condition after many months since contracting the virus – so called “long covid”.
  • As you find yourself recovering from COVID-19 you may still be coming to terms with the impact the virus has had on both your body and mind. These changes should get better over time, some may take longer than others, but there are things you can do to help.
  • Your COVID Recovery helps you to understand what has happened and what you might expect as part of your recovery.
  • This post-covid19 patient information pack contains some useful information and support for managing these symptoms.
Ear, Nose & Throat
  • Ear wax – can be troublesome but most cases can be managed without syringing or suctioning. During Covid19, there is a potential increased risk of aerosol spread of coronavirus during syringing, due to the risk of causing a cough whilst syringing. We would therefore advice patients to try the measures suggested in these links first before contacting us. Link 1 Link 2
  • Sore Throat – read the guidance from NICE about why most sore throats don’t need antibiotics
  • Sinusitis – read the guidance from NICE about why antibiotics are not indicated in most cases

Mental Health & Wellbeing

Mental health problems are commoner than most people think. It is often difficult to manage but often there is help and support out there.

Below are links to various local resources for help and support for mental health. There is also a link for our Park Run, which aims to promote better health and general wellbeing through physical exercise.

Sleep problems / Insomnia

  • Having trouble sleeping? Insomnia is common problem affecting 1/3 of us at some point in our lifetime, with many causes and triggers. Have a look at these resources for further help:

Musculoskeletal (MSK)

  • Versus Arthritis is a useful website for further information regarding managing joint pain and helpful home exercises.
  • Covid19 and steroid injections – there is guidance that we should be cautious about steroid injections during Covid19, due to suspected associated risks
Pharmacy and Medicines

The NHS is there for all of us, when we need it. A fact of life is that people will fall ill or have an accident, no matter how healthy or careful they are. At one stage or other in our lives, we (or a loved one) will need the NHS for anything ranging from minor ailments to serious and urgent interventions for conditions like cancer. It is therefore essential that we all play our part in seeking advice and treatment appropriately. Self-care is an important part of making sure that we all benefit from the NHS when we need it. Please have a look here for more information.

Self Care

Common Cold


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Stopping smoking will help you to:

• reduce your risk of illness, disability or death caused by cancer, heart disease and lung diseases.

• Protect the health of the people you care about by not making them breathe your secondhand smoke.

• Reduce the chances of your children suffering from asthma or glue ear.

• Improve your fertility and your chance of a healthy pregnancy and baby.

• Improve your breathing and general fitness. Enjoy the taste of food more.

Social & Welfare support