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Reminders and Results by Text

This service has now started.  You will receive a confirmation text on your mobile number when an appointment is made for you, either in person or on the phone.  You will also receive a reminder 2 days before your appointment.  Normal test results will also be sent via text.  Please let one of our receptionists know if you need to update us with your mobile number, have any concerns or wish to opt out of this service.

Choose & Book Referral Appointments

The majority of our hospital appointments are now made electronically via the Choose & Book system. Unless you specify otherwise, Thelma Fison, our secretary will select the next available appointment showing on the system for you. Details of the appointment will be sent to you in the post (or we can email the details if you prefer).

Please ensure your contact details (including mobile number, email address etc.) are up to date so the secretary can contact you about your referral appointment if necessary.

Flu Clinics

We are now booking appointments for our seasonal flu clinics.  Please ring the main or branch surgery to book your appointment now.

Retirement of Dr Sebastian Alexander

After considerable thought and deliberation, Dr Alexander has decided to retire from Petersfield Medical Practice and his last surgery will be on Friday 29th September 2017.  After 27 years at the Practice he will be sad to leave and he considers it a tremendous privilege to have worked at Petersfield and has seen and helped many patients over the years. 

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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