COVID19 – Reflections on the Pandemic from a Family Doctor’s View

The last few months have been extraordinary for us all with the restrictions imposed on our lives, and tremendous challenges faced, we are proud of the way our community pulled together. Support groups and volunteers stepped up within a couple of days of lockdown being announced and it has been a great example of teamwork. We would like to thank the COVID19 Kenilworth volunteer charity group, who have helped our patients with shopping, delivery of medications, or simply ‘checking in’ with those shielding at home, the Warwickshire scrubbers who have provided us hand sewn masks and companies that have donated visors to the practice. You all have been an invaluable support to us providing frontline medical care.

We have strived to maintain a safe service for patients and staff despite the challenges posed by the pandemic. As a practice with a well-established telephone triage appointment system, we were able to adapt speedily, moving towards video consultations where appropriate, seeing patients face to face if clinically needed.

We are, at the time of writing, in a restorative phase, with smears and blood tests running again. Other specialised care, baby immunisations, family planning/contraception and maternity care have been running throughout the crisis.

Social prescribers help our most vulnerable patients, especially those who have been shielding. Your surgery can refer you into this service if needed. Your mental health is as important as your physical health in these challenging times. Please contact your surgery or access the following websites:

– Anxietyuk.org.uk, www.headspace.com, mind.org.uk, panic.org

– Samaritans 116123 (24hr free helpline)

– Help for the elderly population Sillverline 0800 4 70 80 90, Age UK helpline 0800 678 1602

– For children, call Childline on 0800 1111 or visit their website

– Help with domestic abuse 0800 408 1552 or visit www.talk2someone.org.uk

If you need advice with the COVID19 pandemic or your health, please contact your surgery.

Hay Fever Practical Tips

Hay fever, also known as seasonal rhinitis, is an allergic reaction to pollen from grass, trees and weeds during the early spring and summer months. It affects both adults and children, with symptoms of itchy red eyes and throat, runny or blocked nose, breathing problems, headaches and even tiredness.

Medications
Antihistamines in once or twice daily doses, an intranasal steroid spray for nasal symptoms and antihistamine eye drops for eye symptoms are helpful. They are available from pharmacies and supermarkets.
• Stay indoors when pollen count is high (hot, dry and warm days)
• Shower and wash your hair after arriving home and change your clothing
• Avoid drying washing on a clothes-line outside when pollen counts are high
• Apply a barrier balm around the edge of each nostril to trap or block pollens

Castle Medical Centre

Monday-Friday – 8.00am-6.30pm
Tel – 01926 857331
www.castlemedicalcentre.co.uk
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22 Bertie Road, Kenilworth, CV8 1JP