Web Design by Media Fizz DIGITAL  Tel:01482 421038  Copyright 2012  All Rights Reserved
Health Walks

Short walks run every Wednesday from outside The Pods in Scunthorpe. The walks start at 1pm and are suitable for wheelchairs and walking aids. They last around 30 minutes and approximately 1 mile.

For further information, please contact Christine Johnson on
0771 7586380

or email
SELF HELP
The NHS Choices website offers a vast resource of health information and advice to help you make informed choices about your health and health services. Use the search facility to find self-help groups for a variety of diseases and conditions. Also you will find some links on the Signposts page on this website

               http://www.nhs.uk
KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN AT ALL TIMES

Any medicines should be stored in a container which can be locked to avoid young children gaining access. 

Whenever possible medication will be provided in child resistant containers, BUT THESE MUST STILL BE KEPT OUT OF CHILDRENS’ REACH.  Other household chemicals should be kept in their original container OUT OF CHILDRENS’ REACH.

We would suggest that you keep the following items at home to treat minor illness, if you contact the doctor he may ask you to try one of these remedies before he sees the patient.

BICARBONATE OF SODA

One level teaspoon in half a pint of water every 2 hours.  Useful as an indigestion antacid and relieves the discomfort of cystitis.

MILK OF MAGNESIA
Useful in indigestion and colic.

PAINKILLERS (Paracetamol)

Available in tablets or a liquid form for children.  It is essential that all households with children should have Paracetamol.  It is available for childhood aches and pains, injuries and lowering fevers.

Children:Paracetamol Suspension (Calpol or Disprol)
Under 3 months - 2.5 ml (only under the direction of a doctor)
3 months-1 year - 2.5 - 5 ml
6-12 years - 10 ml
All 4 times daily when necessary

Adults
:Paracetamol tablets.  2 tablets up to 4 times daily.

YOU SHOULD NOT EXCEED 8 PARACETAMOL TABLETS IN 24 HOURS.

CALAMINE LOTION

Useful for cooling sunburn, and taking the irritation out of the spots that go with chickenpox.
ZINC CREAM
For skin rashes.
AROMATIC OILS (Vick, Carvol, Olbas)

Useful either alone or inhaled in steam to clear catarrh and sinusitis.  (When giving steam inhalation to a child, pour the hot water into a sponge in a bowl, this reduces the risk of accidents.
ICE PACKS (half a pound bag of frozen peas)
Useful for sprains and strains.
It is a good idea to have some lint dressings, cotton wool, adhesive tape and antiseptic solution for cleaning and dressing of minor wounds.

SELF HELP
STOP SMOKING
Visit the British Red Cross website to learn how to prepare for a whole range of possible emergencies - from floods to heatwaves.
Test your first aid knowledge with on-line scenarios
ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW  ABOUT DRINKING AND ALCOHOL
GRAZES, CUTS, BITES AND STINGS usually do not require medication attention, simply clean with water and apply a clean, non-adherent dressing for a need to be stitched.  However, at first, clean as above if possible and then apply firm pressure over the cut for 15 minutes without disturbance with a clean dressing. By this time the bleeding will have stopped.  If the wound still bleeds or gapes seek medical attention.

BURNS

However severe a burn the immediate need is to remove the cause, then cool the area by dowsing the skin with cold water for 10 minutes.  If the skin is intact or only slightly blistered, cover with a dry dressing and treat as for a graze.  If the skin is broken or the burn is larger in area than an adult hand, seek medical advice.

HEAD INJURY

Any blow to the head which causes the following, needs medical attention.  Unconsciousness or fitting vomiting, double or blurred vision, speech difficulty loss of use in limbs or excessive drowsiness.

POISONING

Anyone swallowing an overdose of drugs or any other chemical should get advice from a doctor immediately.  Advice should also be sought if any unknown berries, etc are taken.

The advice above mainly applies to healthy older children and adults.  In the case of infection and strains and sprains if there is no improvement after 3 days it may be worth seeking advice.  Children under 6 months, the very old and those suffering from a severe disease should see a doctor sooner.
Any person suffering from fever, vomiting and headache, all at the same time should see a doctor urgently.
FIRST AID

HELPING YOURSELF
It is much better to keep yourself healthy rather than fall ill and need medical care, so look after yourself:
Eat a healthy balanced diet.
Avoid or stop smoking.
Don’t drink excessively.
Take regular exercise
Keep to a healthy weight.
Reduce or avoid stress.

Men: perform regular examinations of the testicles.
Women: have regular cervical smears and check your breasts regularly.

DIET
Eat less sugar and fat and drink less alcohol.
Eat more fibre, more fish and white meat.
Eat 5 portions of fruit or vegetables a day.

ALCOHOL
Men can drink up to 21 units a week.
Women can drink up to 18 units a week.

A unit = ˝ pint of beer = Pub measure spirit - Pub glass of wine = Small glass of sherry.

EXERCISE

It helps to reduce weight.
It helps to reduce stress.
It makes you feel and look better.
Once you have found a form of exercise you like do it often enough - two or three times a week for 20-30 minutes. Hard enough - to make you fairly breathless. Long enough - it must become part of your life for good.
REMEMBER: If you are not used to exercise, start slowly and build up gradually.
SMOKING
A man aged 50 who smokes 20 a day is four times more likely to die from heart disease than a non-smoker of the same age.
Lung cancer kills 38,000 people a year in the UK.
It makes your children ill (twice as likely to get ear and chest infections).
Please ask at reception for any advice you require on the items listed above.

The Surgery,
Manlake Avenue,
Winterton,
Scunthorpe
DN15 9TA
Telephone: (01724) 732202.
Fax: (01724) 734992
The Surgery,
Norfolk Avenue,
Burton-upon-Stather, 
DN15 9EW
Telephone: (01724) 720202.
Fax: (01724) 721946