St George’s Medical Centre, 2a Parsons Lane, Littleport, Cambs, CB6 1JUTel: 01353 864100
Staff Training Dates for 2016:
The Surgery and Dispensary will close each month for staff training between 2pm and 4pm. Cover for EMERGENCIES ONLY will be provided by the Out of Hours service.
Thursday 16th June Tuesday 19th July Wednesday 17th August Thursday 22nd September Wednesday 19th October Thursday 17th November Tuesday 20th December
It is estimated that every year, 50 million visits to the GP are made for minor ailments such as coughs and colds. Pharmacists offer professional free health advice at any time - you don't need an appointment. From coughs and colds to mild eczema, aches and pains and athlete's foot, they can give you expert help on everyday illnesses. They can answer questions about prescribed and over-the-counter medicines, so by visiting your pharmacy instead, you could save yourself time and trouble.
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.
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. Watch this short video on how you can get the most out of your local pharmacy.
Your GP should be the person to call for a general medical problem. We offer appointments every day and also have a duty doctor available each day to see medical emergencies. The doctor will advise if you need to go to hospital for further treatment or advice.
When we are closed you should contact the Out of Hours service if you problem is urgent and you need to be seen before the surgery opens again.
This service is run by nurse practitioners that are trained to deal with a wide variety of minor injuries. The unit is open from 8.00am to 8.00pm seven days a week (sometimes it is necessary to change these times, so it is always advisable to telephone to check).
Telephone (01353) 656675
Minor injuries include:-
Minor head injury
Fractures of fingers and toes
Fractures of hands, wrist and forearm
Fractures of elbow, upper arm and shoulder
Fractures of feet, lower leg injury, knee injury
Rupture of Achilles tendon
Uncomplicated nasal fracture
Suspected isolated rib fracture
Lacerations/finger tip lacerations
Pre-tibial wounds (lower arm)
Foreign bodies through skin
Removal of jewellery from body piercing
Removal/cutting off rings
Removal of sutures
Mild to moderate reaction to insect bites
Major A&E departments assess and treat patients who have serious injuries or illnesses.
Generally, you should visit only A&E or call 999 for emergencies, such as:
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. 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.
Acute diarrhoea is usually caused by a viral or bacterial infection and affects almost everyone from time to time. A common cause in both children and adults is gastroenteritis, an infection of the bowel.
Bouts of diarrhoea in adults may also be brought on by anxiety or drinking too much coffee or alcohol. Diarrhoea may also be a side effect of a medication
NHS Choices Symptoms, causes, treatment and information
Macmillan Cancer Support Diarrhoea as a result of cancer treatments
To save them on your computer, right-click on any of the links below and then click 'Save Target As..." . Click on any of the links below to play the audio files:
Burns - Explains the immediate treatment for burns and scalds.
Fits - How to deal with fits (convulsions/seizures) in adults and young children.
Wounds - Immediate actions for wounds, bleeding, and bleeding associated with fractures.
Unconscious patient who is breathing - How to deal with an unrousable patient who IS breathing (includes recovery position)
CPR for adults - Adults who have collapsed, unrousable and NOT breathing.
CPR for babies - Babies who are unrousable and NOT breathing.
Collapsed patient in detail - Explains the complete scenario including checks for breathing, circulation, etc.
These files have been prepared by Sussex Ambulance Service and comply with European Resuscitation Council Guidelines.
British Red Cross - First Aid Tips Simple, straightforward and easy to understand first aid tips
St Johns AmbulanceSt John Ambulance believes that everyone should learn at least the basic first aid techniques.
These links all come from trusted resources but if you are unsure about these or any other medical matters please contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
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.
For 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.
There are a number of self-help measures that may help to ease the symptoms of a cold.
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.
Colds & Flu A factsheet on the causes, symptoms, treatment & prevention of colds & the flu
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 ColdInformation about the diagnosis, treatment and symptoms of the common cold
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