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Strep A advice - 06.12.22

What should parents look out for?

Many people carry Group A Strep harmlessly and do not develop illness. It can be passed from person to person by close contact such as kissing or skin contact. Most people who come into contact with Group A Strep remain well and symptom free, some get mild throat or skin infections.

Good hand and respiratory hygiene are important for stopping the spread of many bugs. Make sure your child:

  • washes their hands properly with soap for 20 seconds
  • uses a tissue to catch coughs and sneezes
  • keeps away from others when feeling unwell

This will help reduce the risk of picking up or spreading infections.

Contact NHS 111 or your GP if:

  • your child is getting worse

  • your child is feeding or eating much less than normal

  • your baby is under 3 months and has a temperature of 38C, or is older than 3 months and has a temperature of 39C or higher

  • your baby feels hotter than usual when you touch their back or chest, or feels sweaty

  • your child is very tired or irritable

  • signs of dehydration – dry mouth, strong urine

  • Has a rash which feels like sandpaper when touched

Possible signs of sepsis, take to A&E:

  •      temperature >38 degrees and not resolving with Calpol/Nurofen

  •      if drowsy/less alert

  •      your child has had a dry nappy, or not passed urine for 6 hour

Signs of sepsis, call 999

  • your child is having difficulty breathing – you may notice grunting noises or their tummy sucking under their ribs

  • there are pauses when your child breathes

  • your child’s skin, tongue, or lips are blue

  • your child is floppy and will not wake up or stay awake

Update on Premises Options in Seaford - The Shore Bar - 30/11/22

The GP practices in Seaford have been working together to improve the provision of healthcare premises. The Practices remain dedicated to providing healthcare for the Seaford population and need to ensure we have appropriate premises to do so.  

The Old School Surgery GP Partners have decided at personal risk, to invest in The Shore bar as a possible solution for the healthcare needs of Seaford.   

We hope to be using The Shore bar as a medium-term solution whilst the NHS and wider partners look at long-term options.   

We will share further information as soon as we have updates on our website news page.  

Regards  

Dr Joe Ljevar (on behalf of Old School Surgery) 

 Patient Participation Group

We hold a regular Patient Participation Group meetings to discuss ideas about how to improve our services.

The group is made up of patients across our branches and they help us with ideas, collating survey results and obtaining views from our patients.

This group is important at driving the practice forward, and we are always looking for new members who want to get involved.

If you would be interested in joining the group, please pass your name and contact details to one of our reception team or contact the PPG via their email address - oldschoolpatients@outlook.com 

Greener Practice

At Old School Surgery we have been working with the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare to find ways in which we can reduce our impact on the environment whilst continuing to provide high quality care.

In general practice 60% of our carbon footprint is accounted for by prescribing.  This figure includes the use of inhalers for treatment of respiratory conditions like Asthma and COPD.  Some MDI inhalers have the equivalent carbon footprint of driving 175 miles from London to Sheffield!

However we can reduce the impact on the environment, without affecting the quality of treatment, by switching patients to a different brand of inhaler with a lower carbon footprint.   We are currently contacting our patients prescribed Ventolin inhalers to let them know about our plans to switch to them to Salamol inhalers.  Both inhalers work in the same way, contain the same medicine and have the same number of doses. However, Salamol inhalers have a 60% lower carbon footprint than Ventolin inhalers.  If you would like more information please refer to this video and leaflet. For a reminder of how to use your inhaler please go to: https://asthma.org.uk/advice/inhaler-videos/pmdi/

Old School Surgery is fully committed to becoming a Greener Practice and will posting further updates here about our progress.

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