Prescribing of over the counter medicines is changing
Following national guidance from NHS England, your GP, nurse or pharmacist will not generally give you a prescription for over the counter medicines for a range of minor health concerns.
Instead, over the counter medicines are available to buy in a pharmacy or supermarket in your local community. The team of health professionals at your local pharmacy can offer help and clinical advice to manage minor health concerns and if your symptoms suggest it’s more serious, they’ll ensure you get the care you need.
Please help the NHS to use resources sensibly.
Seasonal flu is a highly infectious illness caused by a flu virus. The virus infects your lungs and upper airways, causing a sudden high temperature and general aches and pains. You could also lose your appetite, feel nauseous and have a dry cough. Symptoms can last for up to a week.
Who should get the flu vaccine?
The flu vaccine is routinely given on the NHS to:
- adults 65 and over
- people with certain medical conditions (including children in at-risk groups from 6 months of age)
- pregnant women
- children aged 2 and 3 on 31 August 2019
- children in primary school (given by School Nursing Team)
- frontline health or social care workers
Further information on the flu vaccine can be found on NHS website – https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/flu-influenza-vaccine/
Flu vaccines are now in stock for all age groups – if you are eligible for this vaccine please call the surgery now to book an appointment.
Flu vaccines for patients at risk and under 65yrs will be received in mid-October and beginning of November. We will be sending out SMS invitations in due course however please feel free to contact the surgery to check availability and book your appointment.
Nasal flu vaccinations for children aged 2 and 3yrs on 31.08.2019 are due to be received during October. We will be sending out SMS invitations in due course however please feel free to contact the surgery to check availability and book an appointment.
Broadmead Surgery are part of the Northolt/Southall Primary Care Network which consists of 8 local GP practices who are working together to provide tailored care for patients.
As a Primary Care Network, we will be providing additional appointments from 6.30pm – 8pm each weekday (Mon-Fri) at one of the local GP surgeries.
Extended Hours appointments are available for same day GP appointments as well as pre-bookable Nurse / Healthcare Assistant appointments (bookable up to 7 days in advance).
If you would like to book into one of these extended hours appointments please contact reception.
Our new website has been designed to make it easy for patients of this Practice to:
- Get answers to their questions.
- Quickly access the right help and advice for their needs.
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
Ealing are soon going to join the Health Help Now App a tool which will help you find the right treatment.
Health Help Now lists common symptoms and offers suggestions for treatment, based on your location and the time of day, with the one that works best for most people listed first.
It also lists local services and shows when they are open or closed, their location and directions, plus details of useful websites and helplines for a variety of problems.
We will update our patients as soon as Ealing has become a part of the app.