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PLEASE BE AWARE THAT, DUE TO INCREASED WINTER PRESSURE, WE ARE CURRENTLY GETTING VERY HIGH DEMAND FROM PATIENTS THAT ARE ACUTELY ILL AND NEED OUR URGENT ATTENTION.  WE HAVE HAD TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF ROUTINE APPOINTMENTS TO COMPENSATE FOR THIS.  PLEASE BEAR WITH US WHILE WE TRY AND MANGE THIS INCREASED DEMAND.  FOR ADVICE ABOUT YOUR CONDITION AND HOW TO MANAGE THE REGULAR SYMPTOMS OF COLDS AND FLU, PLEASE REFER TO THE INFORMATION BELOW OR THE NHS CHOICES WEBSITE.

FLU - latest advice from Public Health England Jan 18

Most cases of flu can be treated effectively at home. Patients should be encouraged to self-care, seek advice on treating symptoms via reputable on line resources such as NHS Choices, or to seek advice from a local Pharmacist before contacting the GP.

Patients should be advised to:

  • rest and sleep.
  • keep warm.
  • take paracetamol or ibuprofen to lower your temperature and treat aches and pains.
  • drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration

(More info for patients can be found on https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/flu or via 111)

Patients who have severe/prolonged flu or other complicating factors particularly children, pregnant women, those with chronic conditions and the elderly (or where symptoms have not improved after 7 days) should be reviewed and admissions arranged where necessary via A&E or preferably via a pre-arranged admission.

The community

Influenza is most infectious when symptoms start until about 3-5 days later, therefore, patients should be advised to avoid attending the practice or a health care setting while symptomatic, if at all possible.

Anyone with symptoms of flu should be advised to stay away from work/school until they have recovered and for at least 24 hours after the resolution of any fever. There are no recommended times for exclusion from school for an infected child; a child should return when they have recovered.

 

Sudden onset of vomiting and/or diarrhoea. 

Norovirus causes viral gastroenteritis, which is characterised by the sudden onset of vomiting and/or diarrhoea. It is self-limiting and most people recover within one or two days. To prevent the spread of this illness, attending the practice while symptomatic should be avoided if possible. Patients will be advised by telephone to recover at home and to call back if symptoms persist after 48 hours. Anyone with symptoms of vomiting and/or diarrhoea are advised to stay away from work/school until they have been symptom free for 48 hours.Click here for more information

Patient information on what to expect following referral to secondary care.

PLEASE NOTE OUR NEW FAX NUMBER AT STOKE GIFFORD - 01179 314347

See our HANDi app for advice with common childhood minor illness

New Private Physiotherapy service at SGMC - CLICK HERE

See our Older People - Healthy Lifestyles page for details of 'Community Connectors'

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening programme click here for info

Please see page for older people - healthy lifestyles for the link to our new RSVP volunteer programme.

Cold Calling Warning - Please click on this link to view NHS England SW guidance about cold calling. Cold Calling Advice for Patients

 

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