Really Useful Bits of health informaiton!
The information on this page is designed to help you understand any healthcare issue you might have and where to find further help and give you access to other information we think might be of interest. If you have a condition not covered, or can think of something useful you would like to know about that is not here, please contact Sandra Reynolds, Practice Manager on our feedback form.
Been off Sick from Work? Less than 7 days?
You do not need a fit note fro a GP is you have been aweay from work for less than 7 days. Download the form for statutory self certification here, complete and give to your employer. If you ask us for a note for less than a seven day period, this is a private service at a cost of £25.
The Government have a very useful website about ageing your money and giving information on benefits. You can visit the site by clicking here
Why didn't my doctor give me a prescription for anitbiotics? Perhaps watching this video clip will explain
New law comes into force from March 2015 regarding driving and certain drugs.
For more information click here
65 or Over?
Age Uk have just published this very useful guide - access it here
Cold Weather Plan
Visit our practice page by clicking here to see our simple advice to staying well this winter.
There are many deaths each year caused by the cold especially amongst older people. Find out more about what the Department of Health are advising this winter to help you to stay safe by clicking this link
You can find out the current level of alert by visiting the Met Office website. We also have ‘Keep Warm ,Keep Well’ information leaflets available in the Practice
What is Norovirus?
Norovirus is the most common stomach bug in the UK, and has a peak season during the winter months (roughly around October/November to March/April). It causes vomiting and diarrhoea, with symptoms lasting around one to two days, though the severity and duration of symptoms can vary between individuals.
Norovirus is a highly contagious virus, meaning that only a few viral particles are required to cause infection. It is passed on by virus particles picked up on the hands being transferred to the mouth (e.g. through touching contaminated surfaces or eating contaminated food). It can also be spread by inhaling small airborne particles of the virus (e.g. if someone nearby has profuse vomiting).
As it is so contagious, it’s frequently the cause of outbreaks in places where people are gathered together, such as schools, childcare centres, care homes and hospital wards.
It is a self-limiting virus, meaning that symptoms will clear up by themselves and no specific treatment is effective, or needed. However, as with any diarrhoea and vomiting bug, dehydration is the main risk, particularly for vulnerable people, such as the young or elderly. Therefore, regular fluids are very important.
For more information click here to see our practice page.
Have you been thinking about eating healthier and loosing weight?
Start a Healthier Lifestyle and join the NHS 12-week guide to loosing weight today click here for more information and to visit our paractice page.
We hold a regular diabetic clinic every Tuesday with our nurses supported by Dr B Crichton. There is a lot of information available to help you manage your condition. You might find a visit to the Diabetes UK website helpful for hints, tips and recipes.
Are you diabetic and observing Ramadan? There is some very useful information at this link to help you fast safely.
Whooping cough and Pregnant Women
Please click here for further information
Then don’t forget to fill in the asthma questionnaire on this website at least once a year. You might also find the following video clip useful as it demonstrates the correct way to use your inhalers
Sent for blood tests and want to know more? – then try this link. For tests results visit our practice page for more information by clicking here.
Do you know your number? Many pharmacies offer a cholesterol checking service, or we can send you for a blood test. In general, a cholesterol number of 5 or below is good, but if you have a long term condition such as a heart problem, your doctor might recommend a lower level. Find out more about cholesterol and what a good ‘number’ is by visiting NHS Choices here
Want help with weight and fitness?
There is a dietican led meeting every Thursday at St Mary’s Church Hall, Hobs Meadow from 1.30 to 3pm (At the top of Winchcombe Road, behind Tesco Express). A visit is free and you can be weighed and pick up useful advice. They also offer a subsidised exercise class for £1 for each of the first 6 sessions which goes to £2.50 for any more sessions you want to go to.
Our Practice nurses also offer a weight management and lifestyle programme – all for free on the NHS. Providing you meet the criteria, prescription medication can be given to help you lose those pounds. Why not give it a try and get in shape for the season. for more information visit our practice page.
Do you know your BMI (Body Mass Index)?
Visit this handy on line calculator to find out more – you need to know your weight and height. You can always come into the surgery and use our self service machine.
Recognise STROKE symptoms – F.A.S.T.
Find out more by vitising the Stroke Association website
Heart Rhythm – do you know yours?
A cardiac arrhythmia is the medical term for an irregular heart beat or abnormal heart rhythm.
There are essentially two main things that can go wrong with the heart: the plumbing and the electrics. Many of us are keenly aware of the heart’s plumbing problems, yet we remain largely unaware of the electrical faults which cause an arrhythmia. Arrhythmias can occur in the upper chambers of the heart, (atria), or in the lower chambers of the heart, (ventricles). Arrhythmias may occur at any age. Some are barely perceptible, whereas others can be more dramatic and can even lead to sudden cardiac death.
Over the last two years, we have been offering all patients aged over 65 the opportunity to have their pulse checked during influenza vaccination clinic. As a result, several patients were found to have conditions that required treatment.
To find out more including how to check your own pulse, and even download an app for your mobile phone, visit the Arrhythmia Alliance website
Warts and Verrucaes
We hold regular clinics offering treatment by liquid nitrogen (freezing). One of our doctors runs one clinic a month, with a nurse running a further session each month. The nurses cannot treat children under 5 or warts on the face or anyone whose wart has not been confirmed by a doctor, so please be careful about which clinic you book into. We do not hold the liquid nitrogen on the premises, so we cannot offer this service on demand. However, surprisingly, self treatment can be more effective that the freezing application we offer as this can take many visits to us before the wart or verrucae waves goodbye. We have a very useful leaflet available from our reception counter which gives you alternative ways of treatment.
Member of the Gay Community
Are you a member of the Lesbian, Bi sexual or Gay community? Their website is here.
We are often asked why we will only give one month’s worth of drugs on one prescription. Patients ask for two or three months to keep their prescription charges low. However, it is Solihull policy to only provide one month at each prescription. We have written a useful Repeat-medication lealfet which gives you more information.
Have a medical problem but don’t know what to do?
Then try looking at the Why Choose Well information. Our patients are the highest users of A&E services in Solihull and sadly, most of the visits are inappropriate. You probably don’t realise but each time a patient goes to A&E, the cost for that visit is charged back to the Practice. In one month alone, the cost of inappropriate attendances could have meant that 4 patients could have had their hips replaced. What is even worse is we have at least 8 or 9 patients who each month go to A&E, register at the desk and then walk out. This costs us £62 every time it happens. Please help use NHS money effectively and think carefully about the right treatment for you. From 19th Narch 2013, we are benefitting from a new NHS service – 111. You can call 111 at any time for any reason – they can direct your call to the out of hours service when we are closed, arrange an ambulance if its an emergency or give general advice and reassurance. Calls to 111 are free from landlines and from mobiles
So, from now on you only need to think about three numbers – 0121 742 5211 – Hobs Moat Medical Centre available from 8.30am to 6pm Monday to Friday, 111 for any other time, or 999 if it is a life threatening emergency – simples!
Changes to the Vaccination schedule
From 1st July all new babies attending for their immunisations at two and three months will be offered a vaccination to protect them against the rotavirus. Please visist NHS Choices page for further information and guidance. You should note that babies only have a certain period of time when they can have this vaccination, so if you want your baby to be protected, please don’t delay.
In the autum, a new vaccination to protect our more mature patients against shingles will be available. We shall be calling for patients aged either 70 or 79, again, further information can be found on the NHS Choices pages.
Are you a Carer?
There is help and support out there for people of all ages who care for a friend or relative. Please visit our practice page by clicking here for more information.