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Please remember your local pharmacist can offer professional free advice and can answer questions about prescribed and over the counter medications.

Vitamin D can be bought over the counter from your local pharmacist or health food shop. People at risk of Vit D deficiency are those under 5, pregnant and breastfeeding mothers, people who have low exposure to sunlight, People with darker skin and people over 65.

New guidance from the CCG is that GP's can no longer issue prescriptions for any medications that can be bought over the counter, such as Paracetamol, Calpol, Aspirin, or hay fever medications like Cetirizine. This includes both adults and children.

Please see below a link for videos on treating a number of minor illnesses including sickness, flu and fevers.

Please be aware that Smear test results are currently taking 4-6 weeks to process by the laboratory. You will be sent letters directly from them. The results do not come to the surgery first.

The most efficient way to order a prescription is to use our electronic prescribing system - click here to read more

What is a breathing test? (Spirometry)

Spirometry is a way of assessing your lung function by measuring the volume of air that can be expelled from the lungs after a deep breath in. It can give valuable information about conditions such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). So we can get the most useful and accurate information, please follow the instructions below before coming to your test. 

  • Your condition should be stable and at least six weeks since an exacerbation.
  • You should feel well.
  • If possible, avoid smoking for 24 hours prior to the test.
  • Do not take alcohol for four hours before the test.
  • Wear loose fitting clothes which do not restrict your chest or abdominal expansion.

Medication

If this is your first spirometry or you are having a reversability test, please stop the medications listed below.

  • 24 hours before the test

Stop the following medications: Tiotropium (Spiriva), Volmax tablets, Uniphyllin tables, Nuelin tablets, Slophyllon tablets, Aminophylline tablets, Phyllocontin tablets.

  • 12 hours before the test

Stop the following medication: Salmeterol (Serevent), Eformoterol (Oxis, Foradil), Seretide, Symbicort.

  • 8 hours before the test

Do not use the following inhalers: Atrovent, Upatropium, Combivent.

  • 4 hours before the test

Do not use the following, usually blue, inhalers: Ventolin, Salbutamol, Salamol, Airomir, Aerolin, Bricanyl.

You do not need to stop taking your preventer inhalers, usually brown or orange, such as: Clenil, Qvar, Fluticasone, Pulmicort, Beclometasone, these should be continued as normal.

Please bring all your inhalers with you to your appointment. If you are having a reversibility test or it is your first spirometry, you will need to take some ventolin before or during the test. If you do not have a ventolin inhaler, please ask the GP or Nurse Practitioner to prescribe you one.



 
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