- Ordering repeat prescriptions
- Prescription and medication queries
- Out of hours
- Young people
- Womens health
- Childrens health
- Vaccinations and Immunisations
- NHS Services
- Private Services and Costs
- Sexual health
- Stop smoking
You can catch flu – short for influenza – all year round, but it is especially common in winter. Flu causes a sudden high temperature, headache and general aches and pains, tiredness and a sore throat. You can also lose your appetite, feel nauseous and have a cough. Flu symptoms can make you feel so exhausted and unwell that you have to stay in bed and rest until you feel better.
If you are otherwise fit and healthy, there is usually no need to see a doctor if you have flu-like symptoms. The best remedy is to rest at home, keep warm and drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration. You can take paracetamol or ibuprofen to lower a high temperature and relieve aches.
The flu vaccine
A flu vaccine is available free on the NHS for:
- Pregnant women
- Children aged two and three
- Children aged 2 to 18 with a long-term health condition
- Adults aged 65 or older
- People with a serious medical condition
- Healthcare workers or carers
- People living in a residential or nursing home
Despite popular belief, the flu vaccine cannot give you flu as it doesn't contain the active virus needed to do this.
The flu vaccine is available from October each year. If you think you need it, talk to your GP or practice nurse.
Dr David Lightwing, who has worked in the practice for 19 years, has now retired and we wish him well in the future. We are also pleased to announce that Dr Tim Longmore has now taken on the role of Senior Partner for the practice.
In addition to overseeing prescription management systems, Andy will be providing appointments for medication reviews and will also be available to answer any medicines related queries by telephone.
All GP practices are required to declare the mean earnings (e.g. average pay) for GPs working to deliver NHS services to patients at each practice, the required disclosure is shown within this article.
The surgery will be open on alternate Monday evenings (until 8pm) from January 2017, starting on Monday 16th January.