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Please note due the building works the Roman Gate Surgery will be CLOSED from 24 February to 9 March 2020. During this time all services will be offered from the Charles Hicks Centre in Huntingdon.   From Monday 9 March very limited services will be available, from Monday 16 March  we will be  offering services from 1st floor only so if you have mobility issues please continue to use the services at Charles Hicks Centre for this week. Normal service will resume at Roman Gate from 23 March 2020.  Thankyou for your patience and understanding throughout the building works it is appreciated by the partners and management team of Hicks Group Practice.

Self Help

coldWe are keen to help patients improve on self help and hope that the following information will offer some insight into that.

Take a look and see if you can improve your own understanding of your health and well-being! Please encourage others to look here too.

Here is a list of ailments that can be safely self managed. You will see that you can take a look via the hyperlink at the other websites which can offer you further information about managing your condition.

Common ailments that can be self managed :

Back pain

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Cold sores

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Common Cold

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Conjunctivitis

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Constipation

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Cough

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Diarrhoea

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Dysmenorrhoea (painful periods)

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Earache

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Haemorrhoids

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Hayfever

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Head lice

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Headache

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Heartburn & Indigestion

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Influenza

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Insect bites

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Migraine

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Nasal congestion

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Nappy rash

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Sore throat

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Sinusitis

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Sprains and strains

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Thrush

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Warts and Verrucas

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Worsening signs of a Sick Child

When checking your child use good light. Consider their usual skin colour as darker skinned children do not always look pale. As parents you know your child best; Trust your own instincts. 

Other useful websites

www.nhs.net

www.sepsistrust.org

www.meningitis.org

Signs to look out for

Guide to Independent Living in Cambridgeshire

There is a useful guide which includes comprehensive lists of all CQC registered care providers across Cambridgeshire as well as information on funding care, understanding the assessment process, staying independent, dementia care services and much more.

Please fine the link below:

https://www.carechoices.co.uk/publication/cambridgeshire-guide-to-independent-living/

Kids back at school? And the bugs that come with it? 

No sooner do the kids start a new term than they pick up some lurgy or other. 

Coughs and colds, upset tummies, sickness bugs and headlice are among some of the main culprits, all of which can be treated at home with basic medicine available from your local pharmacy - no GP appointment or prescription required! Alternatively practice nurses, can help with lots of minor conditions which mean you don’t need to see a GP.

Remember that children can get between eight to 10 colds a year, and a cough can last at least three weeks before it starts to improve. Visiting your GP and getting medication on prescription, which could be easily bought over the counter, costs the local NHS approximately £45 each time you visit.

For further information on treatment of common childhood illnesses you can view or download the local NHS ‘Your Guide to Childhood Illnesses’.  A handy guide on common childhood illnesses for parents of children under six, it also has information about spotting the signs of a serious illness and local NHS services.

link to the guide is:
https://www.cambridgeshireandpeterboroughccg.nhs.uk/news-and-events/leaflets-and-guides/your-guide-to-childhood-illnesses

Heading off to university or have children starting university?

Whether you’re a fresher or heading into your final year, or a parent of a university student, we have a few basic health care tips for students.

1. Get the ACWY vaccine – it protects against four different strains of the meningococcal bacteria that cause meningitis and blood poisoning (septicaemia): A, C, W and Y. Ask your GP practice for the vaccine.

2. Register with a GP when you get to university. You never know when you might need medical help. If you take any regular medicines that are only available on prescription, for example the contraceptive pill, make sure you have enough to last the term or until you can register with a doctor close the university.

3. Take a first aid kit with you. It might not be the most exciting thing to pack but a first aid kit with plasters, painkillers, treat for upset stomachs, thermometer, tweezers, insect bite cream or spray and antiseptic cream is a good start.

Stocking up your medicine cabinet

Autumn is a good time of the year to give your medicine cabinet a review, before winter comes. Below is a good basic first aid kit that all homes should have, it means you have the right things for basic first aid, and it’ll also save you a trip to the pharmacy if you’re not feeling well. Your first aid kit could include:

• plasters 
• small, medium and large sterile gauze dressings and sticky tape
• at least two sterile eye dressings
• triangular bandages
• disposable sterile gloves
• tweezers, scissors and safety pins
• alcohol-free cleansing wipes
• thermometer (preferably digital)
• skin rash cream, such as hydrocortisone or calendula
• antiseptic cream
• painkillers such as paracetamol , aspirin (not to be given to children under 16), or ibuprofen
• cough medicine
• antihistamine tablets
• eye wash and eye bath

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