- Self Care Aware
- Information about Antibiotics
- Information about back pain
- Childhood Fever
- Diarrhoea & vomiting
- German Measles (Rubella)
- Healthy living
- Insect bites
- Minor cuts and grazes
- Sore throat
Self Care Aware
This section of our website provides links to self care websites, advice on common conditions and links to other services.
Self Care Aware promotes self care across communities, families and generations. For more information follow this link: http://www.selfcareforum.org/
Or patient.co.uk which provides lots of information: www.patient.co.uk
The Minor Injuries Unit based at the Princess Of Wales Hospital in Ely can also treat many common illnesses. Details of the conditions they can treat and opening hours can be found here
Dental - If you have dental problems please do not contact the surgery. Contact details for emergency dental care are available here
Eyes - If you have a recent problem with your eyes such as sore eyes, red eyes or visual disturbance, you can be assessed and treated by the Minor Eye Conditions Service.
Hay Fever - We are now having to comply with Cambridge & Peterborough CCG policy on prescribing of medicines that are available for purchase therefore we are no longer able to routinely prescribe medications to treat hay fever on prescription. Please see the leaflet available here
Joint Emergency Team - JET is an urgent two-hour response service that supports people over the age of 50 when they become very unwell and need urgent care, but do not need to go to hospital. Details of the service are available here.
MyHealth App - An app to help Cambridgeshire and Peterborough residents find local NHS services available to them has been launched. The "MyHealth Cambridgeshire & Peterborough" app will direct you to your nearest appropriate NHS service. This includes GPs, pharmacies, minor injury units and dentists based on your location or postcode. The app is available to download for iOS via the Apple Store and Android via Google Play, and Windows phones via Microsoft Store by searching for "MyHealth C&P CCG"
Please remember that the great majority of infections such as sore throats, colds, coughs, sickness and diarrhoea etc are caused by viruses and that antibiotics simply do not work. Indeed, they can often make things worse by causing diarrhoea, thrush in women or allergic rashes. Antibiotics are not a cure and should only be prescribed with good reason.
Most back pain can be linked to some physical activity: bending, stooping or lifting. In the majority of cases, it is due to muscle or ligament sprain and requires nothing more than rest for up to 48 hours, preferably lying flat, accompanied by simple pain relief with aspirin or paracetamol. When the acute pain has subsided, then gentle exercise and massage may help.
This is the most easily recognisable of the childhood illnesses. It usually presents as a few small red spots which become more numerous and then blister. The tops of the blisters come off leaving a scab and the rash burns itself out usually within a week. The person with chickenpox is infectious until the last spot is dry. Calamine lotion and cool baths help soothe any itching that may be present. Chickenpox is not normally dangerous, but pregnant women who develop it should seek the advice of their doctor.
People with flu need to go to bed, rest, drink plenty of fluids and take regular paracetamol. For those with chronic health problems we offer a flu vaccination service each winter.
Staying healthy is important for everyone, even if you are living with a long-term condition. This means eating healthily, exercising regularly, quitting smoking and drinking in moderation.
- I want to lose weight
- BMI Calculator - www.nhs.uk/Tools/Pages/Healthyweightcalculator.aspx
- Put my diet to the test - www.nhs.uk/Tools/Pages/HealthyEating.aspx
- 5 a day meal planner - www.nhs.uk/Tools/Pages/5aday.aspx
- I want to stop smoking
- How much does smoking cost?- www.nhs.uk/Tools/Pages/Smoking.aspx
- Motivational tips - www.nhs.uk/Tools/Pages/Stopsmoking.aspx
- I want to get fit
- Fitness test - www.nhs.uk/Tools/Pages/Fitness.aspx
- Fitness tips - www.nhs.uk/Tools/Pages/Widget.aspx
- I want to drink less alcohol
- Drinking self assessment- www.nhs.uk/Tools/Pages/Alcoholcalculator.aspx
The current vaccination programme is 2 doses of MMR with the first dose being given at 12-13 months and the second at 3 years and 4 months - 5 years.
The group most at risk is likely to be younger people less than 30 years of age who have not received 2 doses of MMR vaccine.
Remember that German measles, measles and mumps can all be prevented by vaccination and all children should be protected by immunisation.
A sore throat may be uncomfortable for several days before the body’s own defences begin to neutralise the virus and recovery takes place. Again, plenty to drink and paracetamol are the treatments of choice; this applies to both adults and children.