Flu vaccinations will be available for the following people who may be at risk should they contract the illness. Anyone who has:
- Chronic respiratory disease including asthma
- Chronic heart disease
- Chronic renal failure
- Diabetes mellitus
- Immunosuppression due to disease or treatment
- 65 years or older
Flu is a very unpleasant viral disease which can put you out of action for days and in some cases leave you feeling unwell for weeks. If you fall into any of the above categories it is strongly recommended that you receive the vaccine. Telephone the Surgery to arrange an injection appointment. Facts The vaccine is approximately 80% effective against the flu virus. The vaccine does NOT protect against colds or chest infection. You cannot get flu from having the vaccine. About 2% of vaccinated patients get mild "cold-like" symptoms for a few days after vaccination.
Coughs and Colds
Coughs and colds are extremely common. They affect more people than any other common condition. On average people develop between 3 and 12 colds per year depending on your age. Children between 4 and 8 years of age are most likely to contract a cold and it can appear to a child's parents that one cold follows another.
When to seek help? Coughs and colds can lead to other problems, which may need to be seen by your doctor. If you develop any difficulty breathing, develop chest pain, feel so poorly that you don't want to get out of bed or the cough has lasted more than three weeks you should contact the surgery.
What medication should I try? Coughs and colds are not normally helped by antibiotics and it is unlikely that your GP will prescribe them. There are many medicines that can be bought from your local pharmacist that will help to relieve the symptoms and make you feel better. Cough medicines are of two types, suppressants to treat dry coughs and expectorants to treat chesty coughs. Sometimes the cough medicine will also have something added to help with a blocked or runny nose. (Decongestant) Cold remedies aim to relieve your sore throat, any aches and pains and to treat other symptoms such as a cough or blocked nose. Local anaesthetics are generally best to soothe a sore throat; ask the pharmacist to recommend the right one for you. Paracetamol, aspirin or ibroprofen are all equally good for helping with aches and pains. If you see your pharmacist about your symptoms, he/she may ask you some questions to make sure they select the best medicine for you. Any pharmacist can help you. The nearest Pharmacist to Stour Surgery is Moss Chemist, located adjacent to our car park at the rear of the surgery.
We are delighted to confirm that from the 1st July 2019 we will be providing a Phlebotomy (blood test) service for our patients. Royal Bournemouth Hospital will no longer be offering GP initiated blood tests from this date. This service will be on an appointment only basis which can be booked in person at reception or by telephoning the switchboard. We are unable to accept walk-ins.
However, patients who are requesting an INR test will continue to be seen at Christchurch or Royal Bournemouth Hospital. Children aged 13 or below will be asked to attend Poole General Hospital.
Please ensure you stay well hydrated before your blood test. Drink plenty of water to keep your veins plumper, more visible and easier to draw blood. This applies to both fasting and non-fasting tests.
Please be aware that we have limited car parking so please allow plenty of time to attend your appointment. Patients are kindly requested to refrain from using the parking spaces reserved for GPs.
We are very grateful to our Patient Circle group who have funded our new phlebotomy chair. Thank you.
What happens when you are referred by your GP to see a specialist?
This leaflet describes what you can expect to happen when your GP refers you to see a specialist or consultant, at a hospital or a community health centre.