MINOR ILLNESS

Get the Right Treatment

Every year, millions of us visit our GP with minor health problems that can be easily resolved without a doctor's appointment.

It is estimated that every year, 50 million visits to the GP are made for minor ailments such as coughs and colds, mild eczema, and athlete's foot. By visiting your pharmacy instead, you could save yourself time and trouble.

Self-care

Self Care AwareKeeping a well stocked medicine cabinet at home can help you treat many minor ailments. Colds, coughs, indigestion and many other minor complaints can all be treated with medicines that are available over the counter.

Your pharmacist can advise on what you might find useful to keep in your medicine cabinet. Always follow the instructions on the medicine label and consult your doctor if the illness continues or becomes more severe.

Your Local Pharmacist

local pharmacyPharmacists offer professional free health advice at any time - you don't need an appointment. From coughs and colds to aches and pains, they can give you expert help on everyday illnesses. They can answer questions about prescribed and over-the-counter medicines. Your local Pharmacist can also advise on healthy eating. 

Pharmacists can also advise on health eating, obesity and giving up smoking. Some pharmacists have private areas where you can talk in confidence. They may suggest you visit your GP for more serious symptoms. It is possible to purchase many medicines from the chemist without a prescription.  

Accident & Emergency (A&E)

Major A&E departments assess and treat patients who have serious injuries or illnesses. Generally, you should visit A&E or call 999 for emergencies, such as:

  • loss of consciousness,
  • pain that is not relieved by simple analgesia,
  • acute confused state,
  • persistent, severe chest pain, or
  • breathing difficulties.

If you're injured or seriously ill, you should go, or be taken, to A&E. If an ambulance is needed you can call 999, the emergency phone number in the UK. You can also dial 112, which is the equivalent for the European Union.

Major A&E departments offer access 365 days a year and usually open 24 hours a day. Be aware that not all hospitals have an A&E department.

Coughs & Colds

A cold is a mild viral infection of the nose, throat, sinuses and upper airways. It can cause nasal stuffiness, a runny nose, sneezing, a sore throat and a cough. Usually it's a self-limiting infection – this means it gets better by itself without the need for treatment.

On average, adults have two to five colds each year and school-age children can have up to eight colds a year. Adults who come into contact with children tend to get more colds. This is because children usually carry more of the virus, for longer.

In the UK, you’re more likely to get a cold during the winter months although the reasons why aren’t fully understood at present.

Treatment of a cold

coughsandcoldsFor most people, a cold will get better on its own within a week of the symptoms starting without any specific treatment. However, there are treatments that can help to ease your symptoms and make you feel more comfortable. These are available from your pharmacy, which means that you can treat yourself, rather than needing to see your GP.

There is no cure for colds. Antibiotics, which treat infections caused by bacteria, don't work on cold viruses.

Self-help

There are a number of self-help measures that may help to ease the symptoms of a cold.

  • Drinking enough fluids to prevent dehydration.
  • Steam inhalations with menthol, salt water nasal sprays or drops may be helpful.
  • Vapour rubs may help relieve symptoms for children.
  • Hot drinks (particularly with lemon), hot soups and spicy foods can help to ease irritation and pain in your throat.
  • Sucking sweets or lozenges which contain menthol or eucalyptus may sooth your throat.
  • Gargling with salt water may help a sore throat.

You should try to make sure you get enough rest if you have a cold. It’s not usually necessary to stay off work or school.

NHS Choices - is it the common cold or the flu?
Colds and flu can share some of the same symptoms (sneezing, coughing, sore throat) but are caused by different viruses, and flu can be much more serious. Find out

Factsheet - Common Cold
Information about the diagnosis, treatment and symptoms of the common cold

For up-to date information and advice on all conditions please visit:

Health A to Z - NHS (www.nhs.uk)

INFLUENZA VACCINATIONS

We have now received our flu vaccinations.  You are eligible for a vaccination if you are:

  • Aged 50 or over
  • Aged 18-49 and have a long term health condition
  • Health & Social Care staff

Please contact the Surgery to arrange an appointment

COVID BOOSTERS

Covid booster vaccinations are being rolled out across Barrow and Millom

All patients aged 50 and over or those aged 18-49 with long term health conditions are eligible for a booster vaccine but for the vast majority of patients this needs to be at least 6 months after the 2nd dose

Some patients may have already received a letter, text or email from the National Booking Service - this will allow you to book an appointment at one of the mass vaccination sites but NOT at Alfred Barrow.  Texts, letters and phone calls inviting patients to Alfred Barrow should be arriving shortly

ADVICE FOR PARENTS WITH BABIES WITH BRONCHIOLITIS

For information regarding how to deal with your baby should they develop bronchiolitis please look at the following information 

RSV Poster

New UHMBT waiting list helpline

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Trust has set up a helpline for patients to deal with queries relating to inpatient procedures or outpatient clinics. In addition, all patients currently waiting will be receiving a letter explaining that there is likely to be a further 6 month delay in their appointment due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you wish to cancel your appointment, seek reassurance you have not been forgotten, or request expedition of your appointment please contact UHMBT on either the phone number or email below
  • Existing UHMB waiting list patients
  • Cancellations, reassurance or expedite requests
  • 01539 716998 (option 2) or
  • email patientchoice@mbht.nhs.uk

Guidance on how to access your COVID-19 vaccination status

You can access your COVID-19 vaccination status through the free NHS App from 17 May. You can access the app through mobile devices such as a smartphone or by tablet. Proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status will be shown within the NHS App. We recommend that you register with the app before booking international travel.

If you do not have access to a smartphone and know that the country you are travelling to requires COVID-19 vaccination status, you can call the NHS helpline on 119 (from 17 May) and ask for a letter to be posted to you. This must be at least 5 days after you’ve completed your course

For further information please follow the link below:


Demonstrating your COVID-19 vaccination status when travelling abroad - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

 

ADVICE FOR PARENTS OF YOUNG CHILDREN AND BABIES

ADVICE FOR PARENTS WITH BABIES WITH BRONCHIOLITIS

For information regarding how to deal with your baby should they develop bronchiolitis please look at the following information 

RSV Poster

IF YOU ARE A NEW PARENT AND YOUR BABY HASN'T YET HAD THEIR 6-8 WEEK CHECK PLEASE LOOK AT THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION 

https://ihv.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/PT-Routine-screening-reviews-during-COVID19-FINAL-VERSION-1.5.20.pdf

If you are a parent who is worried about their child please check out the following video and poster.  We are still dealing with non-Coronavirus problems too.  

https://youtu.be/8qJYBQx0if4

Advice for parents if your child is unwell or injured

If you have any concerns about your child please contact the Surgery and ask for a phone call.  In order to protect babies and young children NHS England recommends that you still bring your child for their immunisations. In order to protect staff and patients we ask that only one parent accompanies their child to the appointment

IF YOU HAVE A CHILD OR YOUNG PERSON WHO HAS CONCERNS ABOUT CORONAVIRUS PLEASE CHECK OUT THE FOLLOWING LINK:

https://www.annafreud.org/what-we-do/anna-freud-learning-network/coronavirus/

 

MENTAL HEALTH

We understand that this is a very difficult time for all our patients and if you are concerned about your mental health then please check out the link below:

Every Mind Matters

FIRST STEP

You can self-refer to First Step - please see the following link:

First Step information

VICTIM SUPPORT

Lockdown will be a difficult and unsafe time for many people. If you are experiencing domestic abuse: physical, emotional, psychological, financial, sexual or stalking, please go to victimsupport.org.uk or call 0300 303 0157 for advice and support and always call 999 in an emergency

A new support service is also available at:

https://www.mysupportspace.org.uk/moj

SAMARITANS

The Samaritans can offer practical ways to cope and stay safe for those who are struggling and finding it difficult to reach out for help. You can find more information at:

https://www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help/contact-samaritan/self-help/

 

 

(Site updated 22/04/2022)
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