Self Help Information & Self-Referral Options
Pharmacists - Minor Ailments Scheme - Many conditions can be dealt with by community pharmacists at most local chemists. As well as helping with common illnesses - like sore throats, coughs, colds, tummy troubles and aches and pains - pharmacy teams can also help with stopping smoking, cutting down on alcohol, advice on safe sex and emergency contraception. Click here for more information on how community pharmacies can help you.
Physiotherapy - Patients can self-refer to the local physiotherapy service (except for back and neck related conditions which do need a referral from the surgery). You do not need to see or speak to a clinician here if you feel physiotherapy would help your condition. Instead we can create a self-referral form with all your personal details and medication listed on it, leaving just a few areas for you to complete. You can obtain such a form at any of our receptions, or by requesting one via our e-consult service, or by telephoning and speaking to a receptionist.
Mental Ill Health & Suicide - There are a number of organisations that can provide support both online, on the telephone and through face-to-face therapies. Click here for a printable list and contact links.
Addaction - The local alcohol and drug service can help with issues relating to drugs and alcohol. See their website here for more information on how to contact them.
NHS 111 - can provide advice at any time of day or night. Further information on the NHS 111 service can be found here.
e-Consult - click here to be redirected to our e-consult service
Common Ailments - click here for advice on how to manage many common ailments
Fear of Flying
Now that the holiday season is approaching we expect to receive enquiries from patients seeking sedative or tranquillising medication to help them deal with their fear of flying. Taking such medications is potentially dangerous both in terms of the licences for correct use of medication and in terms of invalidating insurances. There have been instances reported in which passengers have had to be removed from flights (with resultant delays) owing to adverse reactions or over-sedation. Prescribing in these circumstances is therefore not recommended and as a Practice we do not feel it would be appropriate for us to prescribe where we consider it dangerous or inappropriate.
There are several good quality fear of flying courses available in the UK which are easily accessible by those who genuinely wish to fly & conquer their fear of flying.
Examples can be found by a simple internet search but include:-
More advice can be found at https://www.anxietyuk.org.uk/anxiety-type/fear-of-flying/
Period Delay Treatment
During the holiday season significant numbers of our patients seek treatment to delay periods for reasons of convenience. Staff are instructed to advise patients seeking an appointment for this purpose to obtain such medication from pharmacies rather than through their GP at the surgery. This can be done quickly and conveniently on-line if preferred. See link below.
click here to obtain a private prescription for medication to delay periods.
Please see our link for self care for patients Self help guide