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Shingles

If your date of birth is between 2/9/1935 - 31/8/1937 and 2/9/1942 - 1/9/1945 then please call the surgery to book in for shingles vaccination

Extra Appointments

NHS England has released a small amount of money to support the winter pressures in general practice locally. This will provide on, on average, about 24 extra appointments on Mondays until the end of February (About a 3% increase during this period). These have to be book on the day appointments and will be released by reception in line with the other book on the day appointments.

Medicine Cabinet

Dr Law's Medicine Cabinet Tips

Here are some of my top tips about medicines that you can buy from the chemist and have available for minor illnesses.

Always read the labels and discuss any concerns or problems with a pharmacist. Another excellent source of information about medical problems and common treatment options are the patient information leaflets on www.patient.co.uk 

 

Pain and Temperature relievers

Paracetamol

Available in tablets, caplets and liquid this is a cheap medicine with relatively few side effects.

Ibuprofen - an anti-inflammatory pain reliever

Available in tablets and liquid. This is particularly useful for injuries such as sprains and strains - taking it regularly with food over the course of a week will often settle things down and allow you to continue normal activities. Side effects to watch for are indigestion (reduced if taken with food) and a flare up of asthma for those affected (approximately 1 in 10 asthmatics are affected).

 

Antihistamines

Cetirizine - once daily, non-drowsy

Available in tablets and liquid. Pharmacists can help to advise you whether an antihistamine might be helpful for your hayfever, itchy rash or insect bites.

Chlorphenamine (Piriton) - multiple doses per day, increased drowsiness

Available in tablets and liquid. Pharmacists can help to advise you whether an antihistamine might be helpful for your hayfever, itchy rash or insect bites.

 

Anti-sickness / Anti-dizziness Tablets

Prochlorperazine (Buccastem M)

Available as dissolve in the mouth tablets. A Pharmacist can advise whether this tablet, which is the same strength as those that might be prescribed, is suitable.

 

Indigestion

Gaviscon / Rennies / etc.

Simple but often effective treatments. Don't forget to plan changes to any lifestyle factors that make acid worse like smoking, excess alcohol and being overweight! See patient.co.uk for further advice.

Ranitidine

The World's favourite excess acid treatment until the newer medications came along.

Omeprazole (Zanprol)

One of a group of medicines that are now very commonly prescribed for the relief of indigestion / acid and heartburn. Not cheap to buy but can be very effective and rapidly acting to bring welcome relief.

 

Creams

E45 / Aqueous / Emulsifying Ointment / Others

Dry and itchy skin is greatly improved with using a good "emollient" moisturiser cream. Aqueous is cheap but may produce more reactions that some of the other proprietary preparations. Theses creams are best applied liberally and twice daily.

Steroids - Hydrocortisone / Clobetasone (Eumovate)

Areas of eczema will often respond well to a short course of a reasonable amount of steroid. Eumovate is the strongest option available without prescription and will suffice for many conditions. Always ask the pharmacist for advice and read the pack leaflets for directions.

Antifungals - Clotrimazole / Miconazole

These creams are frequently prescribed for fungal conditions and can be bought from the chemist. Your Pharmacist should be able to advise on sensible preparations and amounts for problems such as thrush and Athlete's foot.

 

Headlice

Malathion liquid (Derbac M)

My currently preferred chemical treatment. Read the product leaflet and advice sheet on patient.co.uk to be sure to apply the treatment effectively as this will make a big difference to your chances of success.



 
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