Antibiotics do NOT work against viral infections, which cause most acute colds, sore throats or coughs, and can therefore, cause more HARM than good. Symptoms can be eased by drinking plenty of water and rest.
Colds can last about two weeks and may result in a cough/phlegm. There are various over the counter remedies to ease these symptoms. Speak to a pharmacist for a advice. If your symptoms last longer than three weeks, or you become breathless, have chest pains, speak to a nurse/doctor.
Antibiotics are used to treat infections caused by bacteria. The bacteria can sometimes become reseistant so that the antibiotic no longer works. The more often you use an antibiotic, the more likely the antibiotic WON'T work for you.
Speak to a PHARMACIST or visit www.nhs.uk/Antibiotics for more information.
Please ask a member of staff for deatils of our next flu clininc, you may be added to the waiting list so that we can phone and book you in at the next available appointment.
Please note the dates for child flu vaccines are the 4th and 5th November, (for eligible children aged 2-7 and over 7's at risk). Please phone to book an appointment.
You are eligible for the vaccine if one or more of the following applies to you:
- 65 and Over
- Low Immunity
- Chronic Respiratory/Heart/ Liver/Kidney/Neurological Disease
- Morbid Obesity
If you are unsure about your eligibility, please speak to a member of reception.
Illness/Injury? ASAP Campaign
If you are ill or injured and not sure where to turn for help, you can download the ASAP mobile phone App (ASAP Glos NHS) from the App store or search the ASAP website:
www.asapglos.nhs.uk Alternatively, call NHS 111.
Registration letters from NHS England
The NHS is conducting work in Bath, Gloucestershire, Swindon and Wiltshire to check the patient details on GP lists are accurate. If you receive a letter, please confirm your details or submit any changes within four weeks. Changes can be made by returning the form in the prepaid envelope.
If the details are correct, you can confirm by:
- Via text message
It is important to respond to the letter, as information may be out of date and could prevent a hospital contacting you with important information such as, test results snd invitations for screening appointments etc. If you do not respond to the letter, the NHS will assume you have moved away and begin the process to remove you from the practice list.
Text/e-mail messaging service
To sign up for this service fill in a consent form (available at reception) to receive texts/e-mails for the following:
- Appointment reminders
- Routine messages from your GP to phone the surgery
- As well as information about certain clinics at the surgery
We believe this will help significantly in the way we are able to communicate with our patients.
Do you struggle with eye drops?
Patients with glaucoma can find using eye drops difficult and although, there are no obvious immediate benefits, there are often compliance issues. However, using eye drops recommended by your GP is important as it can delay loss of vision and preserve sight.
Visit http://myeyedrops.info for more information and videos on how to safely and effectively administer eye drops for both adults and children.
We really appreciate your donations for the books in the waiting room and always look forward to receiving books you no longer want. Every three months, the money donated
goes to a chosen charity.
You can Login to this service via the Appointments or Prescriptions tab (located at the top of this page) and then select either "Appointments Online" or "Prescriptions Online". By clicking on "SystemOnline" it will ask you for your username and password (given to you by reception after registering for this service). You will then be asked to change your password. This service allows you to request your medication and also book or cancel appointments.
Change4Life Smart Swaps encourages people to cut down sugar and saturated fat from everyday snacks, drinks and meals by making one easy change.
In return for signing up to Smart Swaps, people will receive a pack with a Smart Swapper full of healthier swap and meal ideas, money-off vouchers, fridge magnets, and the option to sign-up for additional email and text support. Visit https://smartswaps.change4life.co.uk/ for more information.
Stop Smoking Service
For people wanting support for stopping smoking you can visit www.stopsmokingglos.nhs.uk to find useful information, motivational tips and techniques, film clips, case studies and information on medication available.
'The Practice' (Newsletter)
Is available at the surgery (or click the link for the "Latest News" under the Further Information list to the right of this page and then "Download Newsletter"). You can sign up to receive future newsletters by e-mail. Click the "Sign Up For Email Newsletter" below.