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Message to patients from Dr McCallion

Upon my retirement, I wish to take this opportunity to thank you all for your kind words, cards, notes, letters and gifts.  Over the past 30 plus years I have always felt privileged to be your doctor and part of your community and lives.  Together we have come through some very expectant, worrying, sad and happy times.  Through it all I have been overwhelmed by the strength and resilience of you, our patients, and I will always value and remember the relationships we formed in the difficult and good times.

I know the practice will continue to develop and meet the challenges that will come your way.  I wish you all the best of health and time ahead. 

Thanks again for your friendship and for putting up with things when I was trying to get it right and bearing with me until I did!  You'll probably not miss the bad jokes.

Be Good!

ONLINE PRESCRIPTION ORDERS / ONLINE BOOKING APPOINTMENTS

We are currently having technical issues with connecting to patient access to order online prescriptions or book appointments online.  Our clinical suppliers have been working since 4th October 2018 to fix this issue. 

Until this problem is resolved you may contact the practice to order any prescriptions that are due.

We are sorry for any inconvenience caused.

CITYVIEW MEDICAL SEASONAL FLU VACCINE  INFORMATION.

DUE TO A SHORTAGE OF FLU VACCINE FROM THE PUBLIC HEALTH AUTHORITY, ALL PATIENTS WHO ARE ELIGIBLE FOR THE VACCINE WILL BE INVITED BY LETTER OR TEXT MESSAGE.

DO NOT ATTEND A CLINIC OTHER THAN THE DATE APPOINTED TO YOU.

PLEASE WAIT FOR THE PRACTICE TO CONTACT YOU WITH AN APPOINTMENT.

PLEASE ENSURE THAT WE HAVE AN UP-TO-DATE MOBILE PHONE NUMBER.

Bank Holiday Information 

The practice will be closed for the following bank holidays:

Tuesday 25th December 2018 and Wednesday 26th December 2018

and

Tuesday 1st January 2019

PIP APPLICATIONS

As a Practice we no longer complete requests from DLA / Attendance allowance / PIP forms OR for supporting evidence.

We strongly believe that to get an accurate assessment a face to face consultation is vital.  This needs to be carried out by the agency making the decision about your application, not by your GP.

Winter infections and using antibiotics

Winter infections and using antibiotics

With winter upon us, many people will pick up sniffles, sore throats, colds, and get infections. But it's useful to know the difference between a viral infection and a bacterial infection and how can both be treated.

Viral infections

As their names suggest, viral infections are caused by viruses, bacterial infections by bacteria.

Antibiotics are effective only against bacterial infections – they cannot help you recover from infections caused by viruses.

Cold and flu are viruses and antibiotics are useless against them. The best treatment is:

  • plenty of rest
  • hot drinks
  • maybe paracetamol to relieve aches, pains and help reduce a high temperature - make sure not to take more than the stated dosage

Viral infections are very common and, as well as cold and flus, they can include many infections of the nose, sinuses, ears, throat and chest. Most of these can be self-treated without the need for a visit to the doctor and definitely no need for an antibiotic.

In fact if you take antibiotics when you don’t need them, you could have some unpleasant side effects like an upset stomach, diarrhoea, or a skin rash.

Don’t forget, if you do have a cough or cold, it’s important to reduce your chances of spreading it to others by following good hygiene practices:

  • wash your hands regularly
  • if you sneeze or cough, use a tissue to help stop the spread of infection

Antibiotics do not prevent viruses such as the common cold or flu from spreading to other persons.

The first place to go if you’re feeling unwell is the pharmacist, who can usually provide over-the-counter medication to help deal with your symptoms until your illness passes.

If you must go to the doctor, don’t demand antibiotics from them.

Take your doctor’s advice. They’ll know what the best action to take is and if they say you don’t need an antibiotic, don’t demand one. 

Bacterial infections

If you have a bacterial infection, your own immune system can clear many of these infections without the need for antibiotics. Antibiotics do little to speed up your recovery from most common infections.

If your symptoms don't go away or if you have any concern, it's important that you see your doctor.

If you really have a severe infection such as bacterial pneumonia, your doctor will prescribe antibiotics. 

Antibiotics should only be taken for serious bacterial infections. They are life-saving drugs for infections like pneumonia and meningitis.

If we continue to take antibiotics when we don’t need to, bacteria build up resistance, making antibiotics useless against fighting them. As it is the bacteria and not the person that become resistant to the drugs, antibiotic resistance affects everyone.

Infections caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria can be difficult to treat so we need to protect the antibiotics we have to make sure they work when they’re needed most.

We all have a role to play in using antibiotics wisely.



 
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