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We now offer Electronic Prescribing

We now offer electronic prescribing. All you need to do to be part of this is sign up at either the practice or your chosen pharmacy.

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Don’t let hay fever ruin your summer

From now until September is when the pollen count is at its highest.

Some of the symptoms of hay fever can include:

  • Sneezing and coughing
  • A runny or blocked nose
  • Itchy, red or watery eyes
  • Itchy throat, mouth, nose and ears
  • Loss of smell
  • Pain around your temples and forehead
  • Headache
  • Earache
  • Feeling tired

If you are having any of the above symptoms or are feeling the effects of hay fever, visit your local pharmacist as they can provide advise and treatments to suit your symptoms. You could also try:

  • not drying your washing outside when pollen levels are high
  • showering and changing your clothes after you’ve been outside to wash any pollen away
  • wearing wraparound sunglasses when you go outside to stop the pollen from irritating your eyes
  • putting Vaseline around your nose to trap pollen
  • keeping windows and doors shut as much as possible
  • vacuuming regularly and dust with a damp cloth
  • staying indoors when the pollen count is high

You can keep an eye on the pollen forecast on the Met Office Website.

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How you can stay safe in the sun

Sunburn can not only be very painful but it also increases the risk of skin cancer. It’s easy to be safe when outside enjoying the sunshine whether that’s on holiday or at home simply by following these tips to ensure you don’t burn.

1) Apply sunscreen
Apply a good amount of sunscreen of at least factor 15 and four-star UVA rating. You should follow the guidance on the bottle of how often you should reapply.

After swimming or being in water, you should always reapply sunscreen after you’ve got out and dried off, even if you use water-resistant sunscreen.

2)Spend time in the shade
Stay in the shade between the hottest hours of the day 11am & 3pm.

3)Cover up
Wear suitable clothing and sunglasses

4)Drink plenty
Drink plenty of water or juice throughout the day to keep hydrated.

5)Take extra care
You should take extra care in the sun if you:
– have pale, white or light brown skin
– have freckles or red/fair har
– tend to burn rather than tan
– have many moles
– have a family history of skin cancer

How to cope with Sunburn

If you do get sunburnt follow these steps to try and ease your discomfort.

  • Cool your skin by having a cold bath or shower or by holding a cool flannel or sponge to it
  • Use lotions containing Aloe Vera to soothe and moisturise your skin
  • Drink plenty of water to cool you down and prevent dehydration
  • Take painkillers such as ibuprofen or paracetamol to relieve pain

If you feel unwell or are concerned about your sunburn, call NHS 111 for advice.

You can find more information on protecting yourself in the sun at NHS Choices.