DOWN AT THE DOCTORS
There is an ongoing NHS initiative to encourage as many people as possible to buy drugs and remedies for common ailments over the counter in pharmacies rather than on prescription. To this end we were recently informed that, as a practice with 6,500 patients, treatments prescribed for summer health came to £3,796 with £1,548 on mild hayfever, £1,248 on travel sickness, £953 on sunburn and sun protection and £48 on insect bites and stings. The message is to “choose self-care” and speak to your pharmacist for help and advice on managing your summer health symptoms.
We are still strongly advocating free NHS health checks to patients between the ages of 40 and 74 who have not had one before, as long as they do not already have a chronic condition such as diabetes or heart disease. The checks are done by one of our friendly nurses and, in the last year or so, we have picked up some important health issues. Just pop in or ring to request this service.
At a recent Jack May Trust Fund meeting our trustees approved some new equipment for the nurse’s treatment room, including a second ECG machine in order for us to provide an improved service not affected by repairs and maintenance to a solitary one. A potential fund raising event was also discussed which will hopefully take place on a Friday evening in a local village hall sometime in early October. I will provide an update on this in a later parish magazine.
Have a good summer
Dr Paul Haimes