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Stay well this Winter

People are being urged to keep an extra special eye on themselves and the people they care for over the winter period so minor illnesses don’t become more serious.

People who are older or have long term conditions may be particularly vulnerable to winter bugs which could become serious and require hospital treatment. Getting help earlier may prevent this from happening.

To make sure winter bugs don’t become more serious:

  • Have your flu jab
  • If you start to feel ill, get help from your pharmacy straight away.
  • Keep your home warm, at least 18 degrees
  • Make sure you take any medicines as directed
  • Get any repeat prescriptions filled in advance as many surgeries and pharmacies close over Christmas
  • Keep a supply of cold and flu remedies in the house so you don’t need to go out if the weather is bad
  • If you are prescribed antibiotics finish the course
  • Don’t go to A&E or call 999 unless it’s an emergency. If you are in any doubt, NHS 111 can help you get the right treatment

Further Information

Christmas and New Year Opening Hours 2019

Day Time
Fri 20th Dec Normal hours
Last day to order repeat prescriptions
Sat 21st Dec Normal hours
Sun 22nd Dec CLOSED
Mon 23rd Dec Normal hours
Tue 24th Dec Normal hours
Wed 25th Dec CLOSED
Thurs 26th Dec CLOSED
Fri 27th Dec Normal hours
Last day to order repeat prescriptions
Sat 28th Dec Normal hours
Sun 29th Dec CLOSED
Mon 30th Dec Normal hours
Tue 31st Dec Normal hours
Wed 1st Jan CLOSED
Thurs 2nd Jan Normal hours

Out of hours

Please call NHS 111 for all medical advice or 999 for emergencies.

Prescriptions

Please note the last day to order prescriptions before Christmas is Friday 20th December and the last day before New Year is Friday 27th December.

Direct line for patients aged 75 years and above

We are delighted to announce a direct phone number for vulnerable patients aged 75 years and above. This number is operational between 10am – 12pm for booking routine appointments. Please use the normal practice number 020 8682 0521 at all other times. If you are aged 75 years or above and have not received the letter with the phone number please contact reception.

Measles Outbreak

There is an outbreak of Measles in London, it is highly infectious and can lead to serious complications. If you or your child have not received MMR vaccination please book with one of our Practice Nurses for more information or to have the vaccination.

 

Hay fever

Hay fever is caused by an allergy to pollen. The symptoms of hay fever are caused when a person has an allergic reaction to pollen. Common hay fever symptoms are:

    • a runny, itchy and/or blocked nose
    • sneezing
    • itchy eyes

Pollen is a fine powder released by plants as part of their reproductive cycle. Pollen contains proteins that can cause the nose, eyes, throat and sinuses to become swollen, irritated and inflamed.

How to treat hay fever

Many hay fever symptoms can be controlled with over-the-counter medication at your local pharmacy.

    • Steroid nasal sprays help to prevent or reduce inflammation in the lining of the nose and some can help to relieve watery eyes. Available from your local pharmacy.
    • Antihistamines help to relieve a runny nose, sneezing, itching and watery eyes. Some types of antihistamines make you drowsy and are best taken before bed. Newer antihistamines are less likely to make you drowsy and are a common choice for children and people with milder or occasional symptoms of hay fever. Available from your local pharmacy.
    • Decongestant nasal sprays and tablets are used to unblock the nose. They should never be taken for more than a few days at a time. Available from your local pharmacy.
    • Eye drops can be used to treat itchy or watery eyes. Available from your local pharmacy.

If none of the above treatments are effective for you, please book an appointment to discuss other treatments.

Useful Links

NHS – Hay fever
NHS – Find your local Pharmacy
Met Office – Pollen forecast