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Stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms


Stay at home for 7 days if you have either:



  • a high temperature

  • a new, continuous cough


Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.


You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home. However, PLEASE NOTE they can provide sick lines if necessary following the 7 day self certification period.


Read our advice about staying at home. (Ctrl + click to follow this link)


Urgent advice: Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:



  • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home

  • your condition gets worse

  • your symptoms do not get better after 7 days


Use the 111 coronavirus service (Ctrl + click on this link to follow this online service)


Only call 111 if you cannot get help online


FLU IS CIRCULATING IN NORTHERN IRELAND. If you are aged 65 and over or fall in to one of the priority groups PLEASE ensure you are vaccinated.


We are a ZERO Tolerance Practice. This means we will NOT tolerate any threatening or aggressive behaviour or language towards any of our staff or patients. Unfortunately you will be removed from our practice list without further discussion and will have to find another practice.


DNA'S -(Did Not Attends) Please remember to cancel your appointment if it no longer suits so that we can give it to someone else. Unfortunately failure to attend repeatedly will result in removal from our list.


 


Self Care

 

What is Self Care?

Be prepared this winter –take care of those tiresome winter ailments

Did you know that it is usual for adults to have two to four colds a year while children are likely to have three to eight as their immune system is more susceptible to viral infections? That’s why, during winter, when seasonal illnesses are more frequent, it is important to take extra measures to stay well.

We, at Foyleside Family Practice, are encouraging people to choose healthy lifestyle options that will impact positively on their physical health, mental wellbeing and self esteem. Help to maintain health and ward off illness by eating sensibly, stop smoking, drinking in moderation and taking regular exercise.

The Self Care Week message is “Self care for life – be healthy this winter” which we are supporting.

However, if you do fall sick with a winter ailment, we want to make sure you are able to look after yourself at home safely. Here are a few facts about colds and flu:

Most cold and flu symptoms can be treated safely at home without the need for a GP;

  • If you want advice a pharmacist can help or access information from a reputable source such as NHS Choices or Self Care Forum fact sheets;

  • Coughs can last three to four weeks;

  • In adults and older children, cold symptoms last for about a week and a half, and in younger children for up to two weeks. Symptoms are usually worst in the first two to three days, before they gradually start to improve.

  • You can catch a cold by either breathing in droplets of fluid containing the cold virus (when someone sneezes), or by touching something that someone has sneezed on, and then touching our mouth or nose.

  • Paracetamol, ibuprofen or aspirin can help reduce the symptoms of a cold. Avoid giving aspirin to children under the age of 16 and follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Talk to your pharmacist about supplements that may help ease your symptoms.

  • Most colds are not serious and get better by themselves. Contact your GP surgery for advice if you develop a high temperature (above 39°C or 102.2°F), which can be a sign of a more serious type of infection;

  • Most colds get better on their own without treatment, antibiotics are ineffective for treating the common cold and may cause side effects.

  • Your sore throat is likely to get better within 3 to 7 days (and a maximum of 2 weeks) without the need for treatment by a health professional. Most sore throats last for an average of eight days.

  • If you have a long term condition and contract a cold or flu don’t forget to take your regular medication and speak to the pharmacist about contraindications with over the counter medicines.

Be healthy this winter.

 

Information Resources:

Self Care Forum Fact Sheets

Treat yourself better website

NHS Choices

Antibiotics Guardian.com  

Stay Well this Winter campaign

 



 
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