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JUNIOR DOCTOR STRIKES: 3rd January 2024 - 9th January 2024

Local health services

If you need help from your GP or another member of the practice team over the above period, we are open every weekday from 8am until 6.30pm, except for bank holidays when we are closed. Please contact us if you have a health condition that needs checking or an illness that won't go away.

Junior doctors will be on strike from 7am on Wednesday 3 January to 7am on Tuesday 9 January. This means that all NHS services, particularly hospitals, will be under severe strain. But please don’t put off seeking medical help if you need it. Here is a reminder of what local services are available:

  • The NHS websitenhs.uk has lots of advice to help you to look after yourself when you have minor symptoms. There is also information about what is a serious medical emergency.

  • If your child is feeling unwell, the Healthier Together website has advice about some common symptoms, how to look after your child at home and when to get further help.

  • Drop in to a pharmacy for health advice or information about your medicines. A pharmacist can help you to deal with a cough, cold and lots of other winter illnesses.
  • If you need help urgently, use NHS 111 online (www.111.nhs.uk) or call 111. Your symptoms will be assessed, and you will be given advice or an appointment to see a doctor or nurse if this is needed. NHS 111 can also send an ambulance and can book an appointment for you in some services like urgent treatment centres. Using 111 online means you won’t have to wait on the phone.  

  • If you are in a mental health crisis, call NHS 111 and get straight through to mental health help by selecting option 2.

  • You should call 999 in a life-threatening emergency. Life-threatening emergencies are different for adults and children.

  • Do not visit anyone in a hospital or care home if you have recently had diarrhoea or vomiting. Stomach bugs are easily spread, make already ill people very seriously unwell, and can lead to whole hospital wards being closed. Please wait 48 hours after your last bout of sickness or diarrhoea before visiting anyone who is vulnerable.  

More information on these services and self-help advice can be found at: https://hertsandwestessexics.org.uk/help-us-help 

Smoking Cessation - Stop Smoking Service

Giving up smoking is one of the most important things any smoker can do for the future of their health and wellbeing.

We run stop smoking clinics every day (Monday - Friday), please contact Reception, at either surgery, to book your appointment for free stop smoking advice today.

Our stop smoking advisors are fully trained to provide you with the necessary support you will need to stop smoking.

The health benefits of stopping smoking over a period of time:-

Time Period

Benefit

20 minutes

Blood pressure and pulse rate return to normal.  Circulation improves in hands and feet making them warmer.

8 hours

Oxygen levels in the blood return to normal. Chances of a heart attack start to fall.

24 hours

Carbon monoxide is eliminated from the body.  The lungs start to clear out mucus and other debris.

48 hours

Nicotine is no longer detectable in the body.  The ability to taste and smell is improved.

72 hours

Breathing becomes easier as the bronchial tubes relax.  Energy levels increase.

2-12 weeks

Circulation improves throughout the body making walking easier.

3-9 months

 

Breathing problems such as coughing, shortness of breath and wheezing improve.  Overall lung function is increased by 5-10%.

5 years

The risk of a heart attack falls to about half of that of a smoker.

10 years

 

The risk of lung cancers falls to about half of that of a smoker.  The risk of a heart attack falls to about the same as someone who has never smoked.

 
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