At this time of year we see more people with respiratory infections, earache, colds and sore throats. The majority of these are caused by viral infections, and do not require an antibiotic.
Because of increasing antibiotic resistance, and the lack of development of new antibiotics by pharmaceutical companies, we have to be very careful to use antibiotics appropriately. If germs become immune to antibiotics, infections that are currently treatable will become much more serious.
Public Health England have launched the "Antibiotic Guardian " campaign, which calls on everyone in the UK to become Antibiotic Guardians, by pledging to make better use of these vital medicines. All three GP's have signed up to this, and you may see literature displayed in the surgery.
We also have a range of leaflets in the surgery, which give useful advice about self management of these common conditions.
To try to ensure that all our patients continue to access an appointment within 24 hours, even during the busy winter months, we are employing additional GP's to create more appointment slots to match the increased demand.
Please can you help us by cancelling an appointment if you find that you no longer need it? We have a new text reminder system, and we can send you an appointment reminder providing we have an updated mobile phone number.
We still have a few flu vaccines left for anyone in an "at risk" group who hasnt yet had their usual vaccination. The receptionists will be pleased to make you an appointment.
We have two great new services in Brighouse- a pulmonary rehabilitation course which is a fantastic facility for patients who have been diagnosed with COPD, and an eight week pain management programme for anyone who experiences chronic pain. We are keen to encourage people to attend these, so please ask for more information if you are interested.