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Sickness Certificates

The first 7 days of sickness do not require a certificate from your GP. If your employer insists on a sickness form, complete a Self-Certification form, which can be found here

Please ask staff to issue the usual sick notes, NOT the GP's.

We do NOT do sick notes for suspected Covid.

Sick Notes do NOT need to be SIGNED. We will text them to you. You can print them or email them to your employer.

Keep Your Details up to Date
Please do update your contact details ("Your Contact Details" box at the bottom of screen) with home & mobile & email. You will receive appointment reminders and occasional requests for information by text.


Primary Care Networks

GP practices are working together with community, mental health, social care, pharmacy, hospital and voluntary services in their local areas in groups of practices known as primary care networks (PCNs). To find out more, click here and here. So far, being part of the PCN has allowed us to to have an in-house pharmacist, social prescriber, health coach and physiotherapist!





What is Asthma?

Inhalers Asthma is the temporary narrowing of hypersensitive airways due to inflammation.
Salbutamol (the blue puffer) temporarily relieves asthma by opening up the airways for a short period of time: it's only a temporary solution.   You should also be taking a Preventor (Clenil) every day. The Preventor reduces inflammation around the airways. If you have a Preventor but still find you are using the Reliever too often (more than 4 times a day or in the middle of the night more than once a week), you should book into see the Nurse for a review.
In fact, patients simply only taking their Blue reliever without a Preventor have had sudden deaths & some patients unwittingly use it as a stimulant, which is why NHS says are only ALLOWED to prescribe ONE blue inhaler each time.

Hyperventilation it isn't the whole story though. Lots of people (including asthmatics) take very frequent shallow breaths, rather than long deep breaths and this gives a restricted feeling. Sometimes it can even give tingling in the hands. Learning to breathe properly can help some people and even 'cure' what was initially thought to be asthma. You could try a Lung Trainer but should always check with a clinician before use.


Inflammation can be triggered by things that you are allergic too. In some asthmatics, the temporary narrowing (constriction) of the bronchi (airways) can be triggered by cats, dogs or house dust mites. This can be seen in the nose in the way of redness and polyps; an over the counter nasal spray may help.


Improving your general fitness level will help your asthma. There are some asthmatics that only wheeze with exercise, and only take a blue Reliever before starting to exercise. But fitness is important to your overall health.

Annual Checks
 Keeping an eye on your Peak Flow readings will help you manage your asthma properly.
Inhaler technique is important.  Clenil should ideally only be used through a Volumatic Spacer.
We are obliged to review your asthma at least once a year. Often, people put up with their symptoms or just put their breathlessness down to being unfit. If you are unable to book an appointment with any of our nurses, download our questionnaire and drop it by. We will not be able to do prescriptions if an annual check is not done.

All of our nurses have Asthma training and depending on whether you need a review, have a problem with one of your medications or you have just been diagnosed, our reception team can book you in with the right clinician.

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