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Blood tests now available
Monday, Wednesday and Fridays 08:30 to 10:00. Book your appointment at reception

Budgets
Patients are quite rightly getting more and more frustrated at not getting what they want, when they want it! Please be assured that we are your advocates and we act in your best interests. But we do have to prescribe cost-effectively, and refer for medical reasons when we can't manage your problem, not simply for your peace of mind. You will not find a GP practice these days which will oblige your every wish without discussion!

Photo ID you may be asked for a photo for our records. This reduces problems where patients are mistaken for each other when they consult another GP within the practice. 

Sickness Certficates The first 7 days of sickness do not require a certificate from your GP. If your employer insists on a sickness form, complete a Self Certification form, which can be found here

 

Both of our nurses run Asthma Clinic appointments which you can fit into her general surgery, for your convenience.

Asthma is the temporary narrowing of hypersensitive airways due to inflammation.
Inflammation (which is like the swelling in your thumb if you bash it!) can be triggered by things that you are allergic too. Salbutamol (blue puffer) temporarily relieves asthma by temporarily opening up the airways.  But if you find you are using the Reliever more than 3 times a week, then you should take a preventor (Clenil) everyday. The preventor reduces inflammation around the airways.

Hyperventilation though it isn't the whole story, lots of people (including asthmatics) take very frequent shallow breaths, rather than long deep breaths. This gives a restricted feeling. Sometimes it can even give tingling in the hands! Learning to breathe properly can help some asthmatics, even 'cure' what was initially thought to be asthma  trainer  Do check with GP before use.

Allergy  in some asthmatics, the temporary narrowing (constriction) of the bronchi (airways) can be triggered by cats,dogs, house dust mites. This can be seen in the nose in the way of redness and polyps: a nasal spray may help.

Fitness improving your general fitness level will help your asthma. There are some asthmatics who only wheeze with exercise, and only take a blue Reliever before starting to exercise. But fitness is nethertheless important.

Annual Checks
We are obliged to check your asthma at least once a year. Often, people put up with their symptoms, or just put their breathlessness down to being unfit. Do book an appointment with the nurse. Or at the minimum, download our questionnaire  and drop it by. We will not be able to do prescriptions if an annual check is not done.

 
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