Posted by: amymarriott4 - Posted on:

As you may have seen on the news, Junior Doctors are striking from the 24th to the 28th of February. This will impact on Healthcare providers capacity. We ask that patients are mindful of this when contacting the surgery.

Minor illnesses, such as UTIs, earaches, insect bites, sore throats, sinusitis, impetigo, and shingles may be treated by Pharmacists without the need for a GP appointment under the new Pharmacy First system. Pharmacists are highly trained and qualified to deal with these illnesses and can prescribe treatments.

As always, call 999 or go to A&E if you or someone has any of these:

*signs of a heart attack (chest pain, pressure, heaviness, tightness or squeezing across the chest)

*signs of a stroke (face dropping on one side, cannot hold both arms up, difficulty speaking)

*sudden confusion or delirium (unsure of own name or age)

*suicide attempt (by taking something or self-harming)

*severe difficulty breathing (not being able to get words out, choking or gasping)

*a serious accident, or severe injuries burns or scalds

*heavy bleeding (spraying, pouring or enough to make a puddle)

*severe injuries (after a serious accident or assault)

*a seizure or fit (shaking, jerking, or unconscious & can’t be woken up)

*sudden, rapid swelling (of the lips, mouth, throat or tongue)

For more information about the strike, please see the linked news report:

Junior doctors to strike over five days, BMA says – BBC News