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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!

 

 

Earwax Build-up Advice

How you can treat earwax build-up yourself

Do not use your fingers or any objects like cotton buds to remove earwax. This will push it in and make it worse. Earwax usually falls out on its own. If it does not and blocks your ear, put 2 to 3 drops of olive or almond oil in your ear twice a day for a few days.

Over 2 weeks lumps of earwax should fall out of your ear, especially at night when you’re lying down. There’s no evidence that ear candles or ear vacuums get rid of earwax.

A pharmacist can help with earwax build-up

Speak to a pharmacist about earwax build-up. They can give advice and suggest treatments. They might recommend chemical drops to dissolve the earwax. The earwax should fall out on its own or dissolve after about a week. Do not use drops if you have a hole in your eardrum (a perforated eardrum).

Non-urgent Advice

See a nurse at your GP practice if:

  • Your ear hasn’t cleared after 5 days
  • Your ear is badly blocked and you can’t hear anything (you can get an infection if it isn’t cleared).

How to contact a GP

It’s still important to get help from a GP if you need it. To contact your GP surgery:

  • Use the NHS App
  • Callus

Find out how to get medical help from home

Not all GP practices remove earwax. Some can:

  • Flush the wax out with water (ear irrigation)
  • Suck the wax out (microsuction)

These treatments are usually painless. You might have to pay to have them done privately.

Preventing earwax build-up

You can’t prevent earwax, as it is there to protect your ears from dirt and germs. However, you can keep using eardrops to soften the wax.’

Causes of earwax

You might have earwax build-up because:

  • You just have more wax in your ears – some people do naturally
  • You have hairy or narrow canals (the tubes that link the eardrum and outer ear)
  • Of your age – wax gets harder and more difficult to fall out
  • Of hearing aids, earplugs and other things you put in your ear – these can push the wax further in

How to tell if your ear is blocked with earwax

You can have:

  • Earache
  • Difficulty hearing
  • Itchiness
  • Dizziness
  • An ear infection
  • Sounds such as high-pitched tones coming from inside the ear (tinnitus)

Once the earwax is removed, these symptoms usually improve. If they do not, see the nurse at your GP practice.

 
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