Cheddar Medical CentreRoynon WayCheddar, BS27 3NZTel: 01934 742061
After more than 10 years as a GP partner at Cheddar Medical Centre Dr Cassie Thomas has made the decision to move on, and she will be leaving Cheddar Medical Centre in October 2023. We wish her all the best for the future.
Every year, millions of us visit our GP with minor health problems that can be easily resolved without a doctor's appointment. It is estimated that every year, 50 million visits to the GP are made for minor ailments such as coughs and colds, mild eczema, and athlete's foot. By visiting your pharmacy instead, you could save yourself time and trouble.
Keeping a well stocked medicine cabinet at home can help you treat many minor ailments. Colds, coughs, indigestion and many other minor complaints can all be treated with medicines that are available over the counter. Your pharmacist can advise on what you might find useful to keep in your medicine cabinet. Always follow the instructions on the medicine label and consult your doctor if the illness continues or becomes more severe.
Your Local Pharmacist Pharmacists offer professional free health advice at any time - you don't need an appointment. From coughs and colds to aches and pains, they can give you expert help on everyday illnesses. They can answer questions about prescribed and over-the-counter medicines. Pharmacists can also advise on health eating, obesity and giving up smoking. Some pharmacists have private rooms where you can talk in confidence. They may suggest you visit your GP for more serious symptoms. It is possible to purchase many medicines from the chemist without a prescription.
NHS Walk-In Centres NHS Walk-In Centres offer convenient access to a range of NHS services for patients based in England only. You can receive treatment for many ailments including: infections and rashes, fractures and lacerations, emergency contraception and advice, stomach upsets, cuts and bruises, or burns and strains. NHS Walk In Centres treat around 3 million patients a year and have proved to be a successful complementary service to traditional GP and A&E services. Some centres offer access to doctors as well as nurses. However, they are not designed for treating long-term conditions or immediately life-threatening problems.
Accident & Emergency A&E departments assess and treat patients who have serious injuries or illnesses. Generally, you should visit A&E or call 999 for emergencies, such as: loss of consciousness, pain that is not relieved by simple analgesia, acute confused state, persistent, severe chest pain, or breathing difficulties. If you're injured or seriously ill, you should go, or be taken, to A&E. If an ambulance is needed you can call 999, the emergency phone number in the UK. You can also dial 112, which is the equivalent for the European Union. A&E departments offer access 365 days a year and usually open 24 hours a day. Be aware that not all hospitals have an A&E department.
Acute diarrhoea is usually caused by a viral or bacterial infection and affects almost everyone from time to time. A common cause in both children and adults is gastroenteritis, an infection of the bowel. Bouts of diarrhoea in adults may also be brought on by anxiety or drinking too much coffee or alcohol. Diarrhoea may also be a side effect of a medication.
For information about how you can look after yourself when you are suffering with diarrhoea select one of the links below:
Diarrhoea can sometimes be a side effect of some cancer treatments:
These links all come from trusted resources but if you are unsure about these or any other medical matters please contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Click on any of the links below to play the audio files:
Burns and Scalds: http://www.secamb.nhs.uk/Files/burns.mp3
(Explains the immediate treatment for burns and scalds.)
(How to deal with convulsions/seizures in adults and young children.)
(Immediate actions for wounds, bleeding, and bleeding associated with fractures.)
(How to deal with an unconscious and unrousable patient who IS breathing (includes recovery position)
CPR for Adults: http://www.secamb.nhs.uk/files/cpr.mp3
(CPR for adults who have collapsed, are unrousable and are NOT breathing.)
CPR for babies: http://www.secamb.nhs.uk/files/cpr_baby.mp3
(CPR for babies who are unrousable and NOT breathing.)
Collapsed Patient: http://www.secamb.nhs.uk/files/collapsed.mp3
(Explains what to do including checks for breathing, circulation, etc.)
These files have been prepared by Sussex Ambulance Service (http://www.secamb.nhs.uk/) and comply with European Resuscitation Council Guidelines.
British Red Cross - First Aid Tips simple, straightforward and easy to understand first aid tips
St John Ambulance believes that everyone should learn at least the basic first aid techniques.
A cold is a mild viral infection of the nose, throat, sinuses and upper airways. It can cause nasal stuffiness, a runny nose, sneezing, a sore throat and a cough. Usually it's a self-limiting infection & this means it gets better by itself without the need for treatment.
On average, adults have two to five colds each year and school-age children can have up to eight colds a year. Adults who come into contact with children tend to get more colds. This is because children usually carry more of the virus, for longer.
In the UK, you are more likely to get a cold during the winter months although the reasons why are not fully understood at present.
For most people, a cold will get better on its own within a week of the symptoms starting without any specific treatment. However, there are treatments that can help to ease your symptoms and make you feel more comfortable. These are available from your pharmacy, which means that you can treat yourself, rather than needing to see your GP.
There is no cure for colds. Antibiotics, which treat infections caused by bacteria, don't work on cold viruses.
There are a number of self-help measures that may help to ease the symptoms of a cold.
You should try to make sure you get enough rest if you have a cold. It is not usually necessary to stay off work or school.
Find out more by clicking on one of the links below:
A factsheet on the causes, symptoms, treatment & prevention of colds & the flu
NHS Choices - is it the common cold or the flu?
Common Cold: Information about the diagnosis, treatment and symptoms of the common cold
How to Treat a Cold
How to Treat a Sore Throat