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There are lots of viruses that cause sore throats, coughs and colds to circulate, especially over winter. These usually get better without needing any special medical treatment or medicine.  However, children can occasionally develop a bacterial infection on top of a virus and that can make them more unwell.One of these bacteria is called Group A Strep (GAS), it’s very common, is not new and can be treated, responding well to antibiotics.  It has been in the news over the last few days as it has been found in some children who have become very sick, very quickly. Fortunately, this is still very rare.Most children recover well after a mild illness.  Your child may be poorly for a few days but will usually recover well. Antibiotics may help them recover quicker, but they are not always needed.  There is more GAS around this winter than in recent years, causing a lot of children to be unwell. We think this is because there is much more mixing now and these bugs are new to many young children, so they are more likely to catch and spread them.Signs that suggest your child might have Strep throat are:• Fever within the last 24 hours• White spots at the back of their throat (pus on their tonsils)• Very large or red tonsils• Sore (tender) lumps under their chin• If they have become poorly quickly over the past couple of days• No cough or runny noseIf you are concerned that your child might have these, contact 111 or the surgery.Antibiotics are not routinely recommended as a preventative treatment and should only be taken when recommended by your doctor.If there are cases identified in a child’s class, any child showing symptoms should be assessed by their GP and will be prescribed antibiotics if needed. Children are not infectious after 24 hours on treatment and can return to school once they’re feeling well enough after this period.Good hand and respiratory hygiene are also important for stopping the spread of many bugs. By teaching your child how to wash their hands properly with soap for 20 seconds, using a tissue to catch coughs and sneezes, and keeping away from others when feeling unwell, they will be able to reduce the risk of picking up, or spreading, infections.Keep unwell children off school or nursery and away from vulnerable adults and children.We know that when there are lots of viruses circulating, like flu. Reducing these viruses through vaccination can help protect against GAS outbreaks and is the best way to make sure they are protected from serious illnesses.
Patients are now able to book appointments with the doctor via Patient Access. Appointments will be unlocked throughout the week so there’s no urgency to call the practice at 08:00 for routine appointments (this also applies to online appointments). More appointments will be available over the coming weeks as the old appointment system is gradually replaced.
We are pleased to announce that our appointments system is undergoing changes to make appointments more accessible to patients. This work will be implemented over the coming weeks and will involve an increase in the number of face-to-face appointments we offer to patients, online appointment booking with doctors and appointments that are opened throughout the week so that you don’t have to call us at 08:00 to book routine appointments. Further announcements will be forthcoming.
We are pleased to announce the launch of our new website. We hope that our patients find it easier to navigate and we will be adding new features and pages based on patient feedback in the comings months.
“We advise users of Patient Access to check the name and email address of the sender, all emails from Patient Access will come via an email address that ends in @patientaccess.com. We advise users never to click on any log in links that you receive via email but to visit the site via the address bar of your browser instead so that you know you are on the genuine Patient Access log in page. You can find more information and guidance on our information security page here: https://www.patientaccess.com/security  We strongly advise users to set up their Memorable Word security feature, as well as using biometrics (fingerprint ID) if they use the app.  Email addresses used to register for Patient Access account are secure. We do not share any data and no data is ever saved or stored on any device you use to access Patient Access.”