Cheshire doctor says ‘trust your GP’ to keep antibiotics working
A doctor in Cheshire is calling on us to trust our GPs to help keep antibiotics working.
Antibiotics are potentially lifesaving medicines that treat or prevent the spread of bacterial infections.
But, antibiotics are not prescribed for viral infections such as colds or flu because they are not effective in fighting these types of illnesses. Viral infections can be treated with a combination of self-care and over the counter medicines.
Dr Jonathan Griffiths, GP at the Swanlow Surgery in Winsford, said: “We used to prescribe antibiotics for everything; coughs, colds, sore throats, but we now know that those are caused by viruses.
“But, guess what? Antibiotics don’t work on viruses.”
Taking antibiotics when you don’t need them puts you and your family at risk. This is because it encourages harmful bacteria that live inside you to become resistant to the medicines and means that they may not work when you need them next time.
Dr Griffiths, who is also Chair of NHS Vale Royal Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), added: “Always take your doctor’s advice.
“If they’re saying ‘I don’t think you need antibiotics’, have a listen to that and take on that advice
“If you are prescribed antibiotics, again, listen to your doctor’s advice. Even if you feel better make sure you complete the course as prescribed.
“Completing the course will fight the infection fully and will also reduce that risk of you building up a resistance.”
If you have any questions about any of your antibiotic prescriptions, you should visit your local pharmacist. They will be able to answer any questions you have and give you advice.
Take care of your mental health this World Mental Health Day
Local health teams across South Cheshire and Vale Royal are encouraging us all to take steps to look after our mental wellbeing for World Mental Health Day on October 10.
One in four adults and one in ten children will have some sort of mental health issue in their lives, but sometimes don’t know what help they need, how to get it or feel embarrassed talking about their problems.
The state of your mental health can be affected by factors such as changes in our lives, health worries, work related stress and grief among other things. Alcohol and drugs can also have a negative effect.
In some circumstances people will experience a mental health crisis. This often means that you no longer feel able to cope or in control of your situation.
Melanie Brown, Clinical Project Manager – Mental Health Commissioning at NHS South Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Vale Royal CCG said: “It’s really important that we treat our mental health as we would our physical health.
“Speak to someone about how you are feeling, that can be anyone, friend, family or colleague.”
“Just because we can’t visibly see the symptoms, we shouldn’t ignore them.
People across South Cheshire and Vale Royal have access to a number of services to help with mental health.
Mental Health Self Help Guides
A range of online self-help guides and smartphone app have been developed so you will have the latest mental health advice at your fingertips.
These self-help guides come in the form of leaflets, audio clips and videos which have been produced by health professionals to offer support on a range of topics including anxiety, depression, eating disorders, panic and stress.
View our Mental Health Self Help Guides - https://www.selfhelpguides.ntw.nhs.uk/cheshirevale
You in Mind
www.youinmind.org is a virtual ‘one-stop-shop’ putting mental health advice online when you need it.
The platform includes a dedicated search option, so you can get quick information on a range of mental health conditions such as depression, stress, eating disorders and bereavement.
Detailed information booklets are also available to view and download explaining about a condition with help on how to manage it and ideas people can try.
You can also find out what local advice and services are available for you at www.youinmind.org
Children and Young People’s Out of Hours Advice Line
The Children and Young People’s Out of Hours Advice Line lets you speak to a specially trained clinician who you can talk to about how you're feeling. The phone line - 01244 397 644 - is open from 5-10pm Monday to Friday and noon-8pm Saturday and Sunday.
The Wellbeing Hub
The Wellbeing Hub helps to identify any mental health issues at the earliest possible opportunity so that you can access the most appropriate support.
The team includes experienced mental health nurses, psychological therapists and psychiatrists, who provide treatment and support following assessment and can refer people to other services if necessary.
A call to the team can result in:
- Assessment - helping you to understand how you are feeling
- Signposting - so that you know about other services, information resources and support groups
- Talking Therapies - psychological therapies to help you to manage your emotions and feelings
- Treatment - We will meet with you at a number of sessions to review your progress over time
You can refer yourself to the hub, either by calling the team in Crewe on 01606 555 263, Winsford on 01606 555 211 or online through this link - https://www.iaptportal.co.uk/ServiceUser/SelfReferralForm.aspx?sd=9b62f2cb-4c09-4073-a3db-b93e487fd2f5
Improved mental health and wellbeing is associated with a range of benefits including:
- Enhanced physical health and life expectancy
- Better education experience
- Increased skills
- Reduced anti-social behaviour and criminality
- Higher levels of social interaction and participation.
The aim of World Mental Health Day is to inform people of their options when it comes to boosting their mental health and to encourage a conversation around mental health.
To find out more about how to deal with a mental health emergency visit https://bit.ly/2PMVAvF
Whatever you’re going through, you can call the Samaritans for free at any time, from any phone. Just dial: 116 123, They’re available to offer support 24/7 every single day of the year.
Extended Hours Appointments
South Cheshire and Vale Royal GP’s are now offering extended hours appointments at selected practices which will be known as GP Hubs.
These appointments are available to any registered patients from any practice within the boundaries of South Cheshire and Vale Royal.
Please ask your Practice receptionist who can book you an appointment.
To find out more visit www.gpopenforyou.co.uk
being held on:
Thursday 6th September 2018
12.30 – 4.00 pm
Church View Primary Care Centre in Nantwich
Please go to the reception desk on the ground floor
During the afternoon you will have the opportunity to talk to your local Care Community Team that includes the Integrated Respiratory Team, Pulmonary Rehab Team, GP, Pharmacists, Practice Nurses, Respiratory Consultant from Leighton Hospital and many other health, social and third sector organisations. There will be many stands at the event with demonstrations and up to date information about locally available services.
This event will provide you with information to help and support you to manage your condition and an opportunity to come and tell us your views on local services! Please do take the opportunity to come and visit us on the day. The event will be very informal, so please come and join us for a cup of tea or coffee, you can just drop in if you have an hour to spare, or stay for the whole afternoon.
We hope you will be able to make it.
Leaving School or College this Summer? Make sure you get your MenACWY vaccine
If you were born between 1 September 1999 and 31 August 2000 and are leaving school or college, make sure you get your MenACWY vaccine to protect yourself against a rare but life-threatening strain of meningitis.
Meningitis can cause different symptoms in different people, including:
- fever with cold hands and feet
- severe headache
- stiff neck
- dislike of bright lights
- in some cases, convulsions or seizures
Meningitis is a life-threatening medical emergency and requires immediate medical attention if suspected.
Getting this vaccine and knowing the signs to look out for could save your life!
You can book in for your vaccine by speaking to one of the receptionists at your GP Practice.