Flu-like illness - see 'News' for more
We have received information from the Health Protection Agency regarding influenza-like illness. As I am sure you are aware that an influenza-like illness is circulating in the local area/across the south west.
Most cases of flu can be treated effectively at home. We have been advised to encourage patients to self-care, seek advice on treating symptoms via reputable on line resources such as NHS Choices, or to seek advice from a local Pharmacist before contacting the GP.
Patients should be advised to:
- rest and sleep.
- keep warm.
- take paracetamol or ibuprofen (unless otherwise contraindicated) to lower your temperature and treat aches and pains.
- drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration
(More info for patients can be found on https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/flu or via 111)
Patients who have severe/prolonged flu or other complicating factors particularly children, pregnant women, those with chronic conditions and the elderly (or where symptoms have not improved after 7 days) should contact the surgery.
Influenza is most infectious when symptoms start until about 3-5 days later, therefore, patients should be advised to avoid attending the practice or a healthcare setting while symptomatic, if at all possible.
Anyone with symptoms of flu should be advised to stay away from work/school until they have recovered and for at least 24 hours after the resolution of any fever. There are no recommended times for exclusion from school for an infected child; a child should return when they have recovered.
There are still opportunities to protect eligible patients through vaccination. The seasonal flu immunisation programme runs until March each year so please contact the surgery as soon as possible if you are eligible and have not had the vaccine.
There's still time to book in for your flu jab
For students coming home from university - please book in for your Men ACWY if you haven't already
Measles - it's not just a kid's problem! See 'News' for more
Teenagers, young adults and anyone who has missed their MMR vaccination can get measles. Symptoms include high fever, rash (sometimes starting around the ears), sore red eyes, aching and feeling unwell. If you think it could be measles, please telephone the surgery before arriving to minimise risk of infecting others. If you know you haven't had your MMR vaccine and would like to, contact the surgery to make an appointment.
New arrangements for patients living out of practice area - see 'Surgery Information' page
Dermatology comes to Three Spires - see 'About Us' for details
Parents Guide for Feverish Children - see Latest News for the link
If you are a parent, please take a look at the link: Feverish Child Guide
Caring for someone experiencing mental health issues? See Carers Page
for info regarding a free 2 day course in Cornwall.
BETTER INFORMATION MEANS BETTER CARE - see the Care Data page
Free NHS Health Checks see 'Further Information' for details
NHS Electronic Prescription Service - see 'Further Information' for details
The Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) is an NHS service. It gives you the chance to change how your GP sends your prescription to the place you choose to get your medicines or appliances from. For more details please see to the right under Further Information.
Truro Health Park - Car Parking Regulations - see 'News' for info
Patients can park for up to two hours, and arrangements will be in place for patients who exceed the two hour period due to their appointments over-running.
These parking arrangements came into force at Truro Health Park on 1 April 2012 and came after months of research as a response to patient and public complaints that accessing the car park was proving increasingly challenging and causing problems to those affected. These arrangements mean fewer staff are able to park on site and all patients are encouraged to stay only for the length of their appointment so that spaces can be used by other patients. The regulations also clearly state that the car park can not be used by the shopping public or by local residents who are not using the facility.
If you have any comments or suggestions please write to:-
Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Primary Care Trust