Help Us Help You Stay Well This Winter
Winter conditions can be seriously bad for our health, especially for people aged 65 or over, and people with long-term conditions. We want to help protect you and those you care for. Winter Health Advice Cold weather doesn't have to go hand in hand with illness. Here are some simple things you can do to help yourself stay well this winter.
- Keep warm - this may help prevent colds, flu or more serious health conditions such as heart attacks, strokes and pneumonia.
- Eat well - food gives you energy, which helps to keep you warm. So, try to have regular hot meals and drinks throughout the day.
- Get a flu jab - flu vaccination is offered free of charge to people who are at risk, pregnant women, carers and some young children to ensure that they are protected against catching flu and developing serious complications.
- Find out more about the winter campaigns that the NHS and partners are promoting this year: https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/resources/campaigns/81-help-us-help-you
- Colds - to ease the symptoms of a cold, drink plenty of fluids and try to rest. Steam inhalation and vapour rubs can also help. Prevent colds from spreading by washing your hands thoroughly, cleaning surfaces regularly and always sneeze and cough into tissues, throwing them away after use. Find out more about treating colds
- Sore throats - a sore throat is almost always caused by a viral infection, such as a cold. Try not to eat or drink anything that's too hot, as this could further irritate your throat; cool or warm drinks and soft foods should go down easier. Find out more about treating sore throats
- Asthma - a range of weather-related triggers can set off asthma symptoms, including cold air. Covering your nose and mouth with a warm scarf when you're out can help. Find out more about treating asthma
- Norovirus - this is also known as the winter vomiting bug, although it can cause diarrhoea too. The main thing to do to is drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration. You can also take paracetamol for any aches, pains or fever. Find out more about treating norovirus
- Flu - if you're 65 or over, have a long-term health condition such as diabetes or kidney disease, flu can be life-threatening, so it's important to seek help early. However, if you're generally fit and healthy, the best treatment is to rest, stay warm and drink plenty of water.
- Find out more about treating flu
Out Of Hours
If you need to see or speak to a GP on a bank holiday, over the weekend or between the hours of 6pm to 8am Monday to Friday then please ring NHS 111 who will help you to access our ELM Alliance Ltd - Local extended GP hours service. To learn more about our ELM Alliance Ltd – local extended GP hours service please access the following links: http://www.southteesaccessresponse.nhs.uk/future-services/ http://www.southteesaccessresponse.nhs.uk/ The STAR extended hours service has now gone live with their web booking system for patients. This will allow patients to directly book appointments into the STAR extended hours service. The URL to book extended hours appointments online is: http://www.starappointment.co.uk/booking/
Named GP allocation
All patients have now been allocated a named GP. This GP has overall responsibility for the care and support the surgery provides for you but does not prevent you from seeing any GP in the practice as you currently do. We are in the process of informing all patients of their named GP.
All patients can now use online Patient Access. This will give you the facility to book telephone consultation appointments, cancel existing appointments, view and order repeat prescriptions and view a brief summary of your medical record. More information in the news section. View Patient Access website
Electronic Prescription Service
The Practice have the facility to send your prescription electronically to your pharmacy of choice. This will save you time in having to attend the Practice to collect your prescription. If you would like to use this facility, please contact your pharmacy to ask them to nominate themselves as your pharmacy of choice. Your prescription will then be waiting for collection from your pharmacy 72 hours from request. Thank you. read more...
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Our doors are open 8.30 am – 6.00pm Monday to Friday.
Telephone lines are open from 8.00 am – 6.00pm Monday to Friday.
*To reduce call wait times between 8.00am and 10.00am (when staff are dealing with appointment requests) please call after 10.00am for test results or other queries.*
To see one of our doctors, nurse practitioner or nurses, please call within these hours to arrange an appointment. The Practice now operates a new system, whereby the doctor of your choice will call you back to speak to you before booking your appointment. This enables you and the doctor, to arrange a mutually convenient time.
It may be possible, if you wish, to deal with your problem by phone. If this option appeals to you, please ask the doctor, and we will be more than happy to try and help. Like you, we value continuity of your care. If possible, please try and request the same doctor who has previously dealt with you.
To read more about this system, please see the link below.
There are 3 ways you can book an appointment:
- Telephone – 01642 746800 it is advisable to contact the surgery early for a same day call back
- Online – access our website www.coulbymedicalpractice.com for patient access to book a call back appointment
- In person – You can come into surgery and request a call back. Surgery doors open at 8.30am
LOCAL GP EXTENDED HOURS CENTRES:
NHS South Tees CCG has invested in local helath services and from 1 April 2017 4 new centres, offering extended GP hours from 6pm to 9.30pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 9.30pm weekends and bank holidays will be available.
The centres are in North Ormesby, Linthorpe, Redcar Primary Care Hospital and East Cleveland Hospital in Brotton.
The centres operate an appointment bases system you wont be able to just walk in.
The service will be operated by local GPs you can make an appointment by:
- Telephone your GP Surgery – we have access to appointments in extended GP Centres
- Telephone NHS 111 – They have access to appointments in hours or in extended hours hubs
If you have an urgent need after 9.30pm telephone NHS 111 and they will direct you to the most appropriate service.
More information can be found at http://www.southteesaccessresponse.nhs.uk
You can also view this video about the STAR scheme