Please keep all medicines out of the reach of children. As well as any prescribed medicines you have we would advise that you keep a simple painkiller such as paracetamol.
In particular, where there are small children in the home, you should always keep a paracetamol mixture such as Calpol. This will help to relieve the discomfort of common problems such as fever or earache.
Tackling Antibiotic Resistance
Do not expect your doctor to prescribe antibiotics for colds or for most coughs and sore throats. Antibiotics are only effective against bacteria, but colds and most coughs and sore throats are caused by viruses, so an antibiotic won’t help. There are usually remedies you can take to help relieve the symptoms – ask your pharmacist for advice.
Here are some things you can do to make you feel better:
- Rest if you have a temperature (feel feverish).
- Drink plenty of water or soft drinks.
- Take paracetamol, according to the instructions on the packet, to bring your temperature down or if you are in any discomfort.
- Speak to your local pharmacist about other remedies you can safely take for your symptoms.
- Phone or visit the surgery for further advice if you are not getting better within a few days, or at any time if you are concerned about your symptoms.
|Topic||Site||What is it?|
|A-Z Health Information resources,
FAQ’s and contact numbers
|Alcohol||nhs.uk/conditions/||Information and support on drinking|
|Anxiety and depression||beatingtheblues.co.uk
|Computerised self help for depression/anxiety/GAD/panic and relaxation|
|Back pain||stat.org.uk||List of accredited teachers for Alexander Technique|
|Cancer screening||cancerscreening.nhs.uk||Advice on absolute benefits and risks of breast, cervical, bowel and prostate screening|
|Carers||carers.org||All relevant information for carers|
|Coeliac||coeliac.org.uk||Information for patients with coeliac disease|
|Gout||ukgoutsociety.org/||Dietary advice in Gout|
|Patient education on Hepatitis C|
|IBS||ibsnetwork.org||Self help for IBS|
|Infectious diseases||gov.uk/topic/health-protection/infectious-diseases||Advice and information on infectious diseases and hazards|
|Migraine||migrainetrust.org||Patient information on migraine including absolute risks of migraine with COC|
|Minor Illness||selfhelpguides.ntw.nhs.uk/hacw/||When should I worry (download link) Information and advice for a variety of common symptoms, especially for assessing children|
|Osteo-arthritis||arthritisaction.org.uk||Education and advice on Osteo-arthritis|
|Osteoporosis||nos.org.uk||Information and support for Osteoporosis|
|Parkinson’s disease||parkinsons.org.uk||Information and support for Parkinson’s disease|
|Skin conditions||healthline.com/health/skin-disorders||Photographs and advice on treatment and management of skin conditions|
|Smoking||smokefree.nhs.uk/||Help and advice on how to quit|
Useful Telephone Numbers
|District Nurses||01905 368504|
|Health Visitors||01905 368505|
|The Droitwich Spa Hospital||01905 794793|
|The South Worcestershire Community NHS Trust||01905 763333|
|Alexandra Hospital WAH NHS Trust||01527 503030|
|Social Services||01905 763763|
|Worcestershire Healthy Minds (Self-Refer)||01905 766124|
|Relate (Marriage Guidance)||01905 28051|
|BPAS (British Pregnancy Advisory Service)||0845 730 4030|
|South Worcestershire Primary Care Trust||01905 760000|
|Alcoholics Anonymous||0845 769 7555|
|Citizens Advice Bureau||01905 795225|
|CRUSE (Bereavement Care)||01905 22223|
|Turning Point||01905 724853|
|Rape Crisis||01905 724514|
Definition of Assistance Dog
An Assistance Dog is one which has been specifically trained to assist a person with a specific disability and which has been qualified by one of the organisations registered as a member of Assistance Dogs (UK):
- Guide Dogs for the Blind Association
- Hearing Dogs for Deaf People
- Dogs for the Disabled
- Canine Partners
- Support Dogs
All Assistance Dogs will have formal identification and have been granted certification by the Department of Health on the basis that the dog’s high standards of training, behaviour, health and welfare are such that it should be permitted to accompany its owner at all times and in all places within the United Kingdom.
Hygiene and Cleanliness Guidance
When an Assistance Dog is / has been on the Practice Premises, particular attention will be given to hygiene and cleanliness.
All staff must ensure good hand washing with soap and water or use of alcohol hand gel prior to and after any contact with an Assistance Dog. This will ensure the safety of all Patients and the Assistance Dog.
All Patients that come into contact with or handle an Assistance Dog will be encouraged to wash their hands with soap and water.
All Assistance Dog owners should wash their hands with soap and water after handling their Assistance Dog and before coming into contact with Patients.
Pregnancy and Baby Guide
NHS Choices offers a range of videos providing advice and guidance relating to pregnancy, birth, baby care and parenthood. To view please click here.