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A scam has been brought to our attention where a patient of another practice in our area was telephoned by someone claiming to be their GP Surgery.

Thankfully, the patient realised that the number the scammer was calling from was a London number and didn't provide any personal details.

If you are in any doubt, please challenge our staff and we will be able to confirm that we are calling for a legitimate purpose.

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If you enter information that indicates a red flag symptom, you will be advised to ring 999 or go to A&E immediately.

Some examples of red flag symptoms might be (not limited to):

*Crushing chest pain or tightness

*Face dropping on one side, unable to hold up both arms, difficulty speaking, weakness or numbness on one side of body

*Severe difficulty breathing

*Heavy bleeding that won’t stop

*Severe injuries 

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Pharmacy First

Benzodiazepine Prescriptions For Flying

We understand that flying can be a stressful and anxiety-inducing experience for many individuals. After carefully consideration we must inform all patients that we are unable to prescribe benzodiazepines for this purpose. There are several important reasons for this decision:

  1. Safety Concerns: Benzodiazepines can cause side effects such as drowsiness, dizziness, and impaired coordination. These side effects can be particularly problematic in an airport or airplane setting where alertness and mobility are important for your safety. If there is an emergency during the flight it may impair your ability to concentrate, follow instructions and react to the situation. This could have serious safety consequences for you and those around you
  2. Risk of Dependence and Misuse: Benzodiazepines carry a risk of dependence, especially with repeated use. It is important to avoid using these medications for situations where non-pharmacological strategies can be effective.
  3. Effectiveness of Alternative Approaches: There are several non-medication strategies that have been shown to be effective in managing flight-related anxiety. Techniques such as deep breathing exercises, progressive muscle relaxation, and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) can be very helpful. Additionally, some patients find relief with over-the-counter remedies or natural supplements, though it is important to discuss these with a healthcare professional.
  4. Medical Guidelines: Current medical guidelines recommend against the use of benzodiazepines for situational anxiety due to the reasons mentioned above. According to the prescribing guidelines doctors follow (BNF) Benzodiazepines are contraindicated (not allowed) in phobia. Your doctor is taking a significant legal risk by prescribing against these guidelines. It is our goal to provide care that is safe and in line with best practices.

There are resources available for patients available online:

Easy Jet Tel 0203 8131644

British Airways  Tel 01252 793250

Virgin  Tel 01423 714900

Hayfever Injections

The injection was historically available on the NHS but it is no longer offered due to a lack of robust evidence supporting its efficacy. The treatment can cause a potentially long list of side effects including raised blood pressure, water retention, skin rashes, fat atrophy causing scarring and muscle weakness.
Please see below for further information

(Site updated 17/06/2024)
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