Self Care – useful information

Prescribing of over the counter medicines is changing.
Your GP, nurse or pharmacist will not generally give you a prescription for over the counter medicines for a range of minor health concerns.
Instead, over the counter medicines are available to buy in a pharmacy or supermarket in your local community.
The team of health professionals at your local pharmacy can offer help and clinical advice to manage minor health concerns and if your symptoms suggest it’s more serious, they’ll ensure you get the care you need.

Your GP, nurse or pharmacist will not generally give you a prescription for certain medicines that are available to buy in a pharmacy or supermarket, even if you qualify for free prescriptions.

This applies to treatments for these conditions:

Acute sore throat

Minor burns and scalds


Mild cystitis

Coughs, colds and nasal congestion

Mild dry skin

Cradle cap

Mild irritant dermatitis


Mild to moderate hay fever

Diarrhoea (adults)

Dry eyes / sore tired eyes

Mouth ulcers


Nappy rash

Excessive sweating

Infant colic


Infrequent cold sores of the lip

Sun protection

Infrequent constipation

Teething / mild toothache

Infrequent migraine


Insect bites and stings

Travel sickness

Mild acne

Warts and verrucae


Oral thrush

Head lice

Prevention of tooth decay

Indigestion and heartburn

Ringworm / athletes foot

Minor pain, discomfort and fever (e.g. aches and sprains, headache, period pain, back pain)

GP’s, nurses or pharmacists will also generally no longer prescribe probiotics and some vitamins and minerals. You can get these from eating a healthy, varied and balanced diet, or buy them at your pharmacy or supermarket.

You can download more information here:





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Better in Kirklees  supports people living with a long-term health condition to become more active and involved in their community. Through Social Prescribing, we connect people to groups and activities close to where they live based on their interests. We know that when people have something to do and people to see, they are happier, healthier and remain independent for longer.

There are hundreds of activities to suit all interests and abilities. We will listen to what you tell us and help you discover things you want to get involved in.

Who can use the service?

Anyone over the age of 18 in Kirklees living with a long-term health condition including

  • Physical disability
  • Mental health condition
  • Learning disability
  • Sensory impairment
  • Dementia
  • Drug / alcohol issue

We also work with unpaid carers

What are the benefits?

  • Reduce loneliness and social isolation
  • Improving mental health and well-being
  • Gain independence
  • Try new activities and gain new hobbies
  • Get help with some worries
  • Become more active in the community
  • Share skills, knowledge and experience
  • Rely less on medical staff for ‘treatment’

you can find out more by clicking this link

you can self-refer into this service just click on this link to download the form and sent to the Social Prescribing team.


Join Dementia Research, a place to register your interest in participating in dementia research. Dementia affects 850,000 people in the UK. The only way to beat the condition is through research. You can find our more by accessing this link:

You can also view this you-tube video and this is  useful for all patients and south Asian The NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) has produced a YouTube video about dementia in the south Asian community. It has subtitles available in English, Punjabi or Urdu and can be viewed here:


This years flu vaccination clinics are split in to two groups – we regret we cannot phone every patient individually  – please call our main line number

01924 767 101 and select option 1 from the main menu to book with us






You can download the information leaflets here: PHE_Flu_easy_read_adult_flu_leaflet  and fluvaccination who should have it leaflet

If you are Pregnant then Flu can be more serious than you think download our information leaflet here or speak to your Midwife.


Special note: Healthy Children aged 2 & 3 years and any child with a long term health conditions who are risk of Flu aged 0 to 17 clinics will be announced shortly; however, we urge all parents to read the following information. (Please do not bring your child to the Flu Saturday clinics as Children have a separate vaccination which will not be in stock on the above dates)

protect your child against flu 2018 leaflet



Information about Porcine Gelatine can be found in these leaflets below or speak to any of our Doctors and Nurses who will be happy to help you.

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More information about staying well this winter download this booklet.

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Social care and support guide help published

If you or someone you know needs help with day-to-day living because of illness or disability, the NHS website explains your options and where you can get support.


New online support site for people with Type 1 diabetes
A new online resource for people with a new diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes is now live. NHS England has made it easier by collecting all the useful NHS-trusted links in one place on the NHS ( website. The new pages will help people with Type 1 diabetes to gain the knowledge and confidence to manage their condition.

The site provides links to practical help on injecting insulin and checking blood glucose levels – as well as useful advice around living with the condition. Healthcare professionals are being encouraged to refer newly diagnosed patients, their parents and carers to the site as a one stop shop for Type 1 diabetes support.

Also for people with type 2 diabetes.

Welcome to our recovery college

Recovery College Kirklees offers a range of courses and one off workshops with the aim of improving mental health through learning.

Our courses focus on being mentally healthy, staying well and developing the knowledge and strength to overcome the challenges we can all face at times in our lives. Building our personal resilience, having confidence and self-esteem, to be able to make decisions and to believe in ourselves.

Our courses are co-designed and co-delivered by people with real life experience, who work in conjunction with health professionals, education providers and trainers to share what works for them.

Courses aren’t therapy – our aim is to provide a positive learning approach in which we share knowledge and provide the space to reflect on your own health and understanding

How do I get referred?

You are not referred to the Recovery College, simply enrol yourself for any of the courses that are of interest to you. Courses are open to all adults with personal experience and we welcome carer’s, supporters and professionals too.

If you are new to the college we will invite you to an induction session where you will find out more about how we work, the courses on offer and we can answer any questions that you may have.

Where can I find out more information?

For further information please contact  Recovery College Kirklees on 01924 481060 or email

Visit our Facebook page:  Discover Recovery College Kirklees  


Cervical Screening – don’t delay your screening test

You can download these useful information leaflets including other languages below and if you have any concerns or questions your Practice Nurse or GP will be happy to help you. Screening save lives.













You may have seen on the news and social media that many women in the country are not taking up their invitation to have their cervical screening (smear) test. We are encouraging all patients who have any concerns or fears or have  questions about their first test to speak with one of the Practice Nurse so we can help you. You can speak to any of our Practice Nurses Susan or Alison,  or your Doctor if you have any concerns or questions in the strictest confidence.

Screening  SAVES LIVES a cervical screening test only lasts 5 minutes and in most cases the results are normal.  Don’t keep putting off or delay booking an appointment if your smear test is overdue or you have been invited.


You can contact us on 01924 767 097 Practice Secretaries Andrea and Sarah or ring the main surgery line on 01924 767 101 and as one of our care navigators to book cervical smear test appointment for you.

Be self aware and know some of the symptoms associated with Cervical Cancer – speak to your clinical team if you have any concerns.


You can download the Cervical Smear Test Practice information leaflet here: WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT YOUR CS TEST PRACTICE LEAFLET

NHS cervical screening information leaflet English: cervical_screening_leaflet ENGLISH


‘Easy read’ booklet can be downloaded here: jcct_easyread_having_a_smear_test_v1.2_2mb

NHS information is several languages can be downloaded here:







You can find out more information from the Jo’s Trust website

Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust is the only UK charity dedicated to women affected by cervical cancer and cervical abnormalities.

Our Vision

A future where cervical cancer is a thing of the past.

Our Mission

To see cervical cancer prevented and reduce the impact for everyone affected by cervical abnormalities and cervical cancer through providing the highest quality information and support, and campaigning for excellence in cervical cancer treatment and prevention. Helpline:  0808 802 8000

Helpline:  0808 802 8000

Please make your local pharmacy your first call for minor health conditions and concerns.

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The North Road Suite Practice Team are supporting the National and International Campaign and have signed a pledge to be ‘Antibiotic Guardians’


Our Doctors are asking all of our patients to support these actions and get involved by reading the information about Antibiotics which will protect you and your family and future generations you can download this years patient leaflet here:Keep Anitbiotics Working_leaflet_final

Here is some useful information for you

We are asking patients to help us by becoming a Antibiotic Guardians see the attached leaflet to see how you can do this – get your relatives and friends to sign up too ANTIBIOTIC LEAFLET BECOME A GUARDIAN.ashx

We are supporting the European Antibiotic Awareness Day  which is a public health initiative aimed at encouraging responsible use of antibiotics held on 18th November every year.

In 2017, World Antibiotic Awareness Week  will take place from 13 to 19 November – we will be supporting this campaign in the Practice

Our Doctors will only prescribe antibiotics when their is a clinical need to do so – they will give you a ‘Treating your infection’ sheet which will explain how long your symptoms are likely to last and how you can treat yourself. It also contains information of when you should get more help – they may also decide to make a back up prescription for you if your symptoms don’t improve; this information will be on your form.

This is what your ‘treating your infection’ information sheet will look like:






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We are a Self Care Aware practice

 What is self care?

Self care is about looking after yourself in a healthy way. It can be anything from brushing your teeth, doing some exercise, managing common conditions (like headaches, colds and flu) or living with a long-term health problem, such as asthma or diabetes.

As a Self Care Aware practice we are here to help you feel able to look after your own health when it is right for you. So, when you come in for a consultation, the doctors, nurses and healthcare assistants in this practice will talk to you about what you can do to help maintain and improve your health.

Find out more about self care

you can access the Self Care forum where you will find lots of useful information and contacts at:

Visit the NHS website click on the link below


Men ACWY vaccination – calling all school leavers

Why teenagers and students should have the Men ACWY vaccination

Cases of meningitis and blood poisoning (septicaemia) caused by a highly virulent strain of Men W bacteria have been rising since 2009.

Older teenagers and new university students are at higher risk of infection because many of them mix closely with lots of new people, some of whom may unknowingly carry the meningococcal bacteria at the back of their noses and throats.

Anyone who is eligible for the Men ACWY vaccine should have it, even if they’ve previously had the Men C vaccine.

The Men ACWY vaccine is highly effective in preventing illness caused by the four meningococcal strains, including the highly virulent Men W strain.

Public Health England (PHE) is urging students to make sure they are up to date with their MenACWY and measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccines before the start of the new college or university year to ensure they’re protected against diseases that spread quickly in large gatherings including meningitis and septicaemia, and measles.

PHE encourages students and their parents to call their GP practice if they know they have not received either vaccine, or are unsure if they are up to date. It is important to catch up on vaccinations if they are needed before the start of the university term.

The MenACWY vaccine, introduced in 2015 in response to an increase in Men W cases among young people, is routinely offered to those in school years 9 and 10 to protect them against four meningococcal strains that include the aggressive W strain of the disease. Anyone who has missed out can still get vaccinated free of charge through their GP until their 25th birthday.

The MenACWY vaccine is especially important for students about to enter university who are at increased risk of meningococcal infection. It is also important for students to be aware of signs and symptoms of meningococcal disease as the vaccine does not protect against all forms of this disease and seeking early medical help for themselves or a friend could be live-saving.

Meningococcal bacteria can cause meningitis (inflammation of the lining of the brain) and septicaemia (blood poisoning) that are very serious and can kill, especially if not diagnosed early. They are more easily spread when lots of people mix closely for the first time.

Dr Mary Ramsay, Head of Immunisations at PHE, said: “We know that colleges and universities can be hot spots for the spread of measles and meningococcal disease. First year students especially are at increased risk of meningococcal infection if they are unvaccinated – which makes sense when they spend large amounts of time with new people in confined environments such as university halls.

“We therefore encourage students to check with their GP that they are up to date with their MMR and MenACWY vaccinations before term starts – it’s never too late to protect themselves and their friends from these highly infectious and serious diseases.”

Measles is a highly infectious viral illness that can have serious consequences. Measles can be more severe in young people and adults, often leading to hospital admissions. Measles starts with cold-like symptoms and sore red eyes followed by a high temperature and a red-brown blotchy rash.

This reminder comes in light of recent measles outbreaks across England and Europe. Between 1 January and 13 August 2018 there have been 828 laboratory confirmed measles cases in England. Cases were reported in most areas with London (291), the South-East (169), South-West (138), West Midlands (85) and Yorkshire and Humberside (80) reporting the most cases (based on provisional figures).

Some students who are now of university/college age may have missed out on their MMR when they were younger, as MMR uptake was as low as 80% in 2003, which means that up to 20 in 100 young adults could be unprotected. The MMR vaccine is available for free to anyone who has not received two doses as a child.

Meningitis and septicaemia can develop suddenly and can kill or leave people with life changing disabilities and long-term health problems. Symptoms include: a blotchy rash that doesn’t fade when a glass is rolled over it, fever, aching muscles and joints and a stiff neck. The W strain can also cause vomiting and diarrhoea. Meningitis and septicaemia are very serious and require urgent attention.

The MenACWY vaccine does not protect against every strain that can cause meningitis and septicaemia, so it’s important to be aware of the symptoms so that young people can seek quick medical help if they become unwell, either themselves or their fellow students.

If you think you’ve got either measles or meningitis, call NHS 111 straight away.

 Follow us on Twitter: @PHE_uk and Facebook:

The MenACWY vaccine is given by a single injection into the upper arms and protects against four difference strains of the meningococcal bacteria that causes meningitis and blood poisoning (septicaemia): A, C, W and Y. The MenACWY vaccine is offered to children aged 13 to 14, and young adults up to 25 years of age who didn’t have the vaccine while at school.
For further information about the MenACWY vaccination, see the NHS website:

MMR is a safe and effective combined vaccine that protects against measles, mumps and rubella in a single injection. The MMR vaccine is given on the NHS as a single injection to babies on or after their first birthday, as part of their routine vaccination schedule. They are invited to have a second dose at 3 years and 4 months before starting school.
For further information about the MMR vaccination, see the NHS website

If you would like to discuss any aspect of the Men A, C, W & Y vaccination please ask your GP or Practice Nurse for more details or download this leaflet: MenACWY_school_leaver_flyer


Remember to use NHS services wisely

Choosing which service is right for you at a given time may not always be easy – often you have more than one option. Visit to find out which service is right for you.

You should only use A&E or dial 999 in critical or life-threatening situations. For example:

  • loss of consciousness
  • acute confused state and fits that are not stopping
  • persistent, severe chest pain
  • breathing difficulties
  • severe bleeding that cannot be stopped
  • severe allergic reactions
  • severe burns or scalds

In the case of suspected heart attack or stroke call 999 immediately. Every second counts with these conditions.

Please follow @NHSNKCCG and @NHSGHCCG and visit and for the latest updates and share this information.


Campaign urges people to tell their GP if they see blood in pee If you notice blood in your pee, even if it’s just the once, you should see your doctor. That’s the message supported by Kirklees Council, NHS North Kirklees and NHS Greater Huddersfield CCGs as part of the latest Be Clear on Cancer campaign. Read more here.

We promoting patients to be ‘Self Care Aware’ and our Practice Team is here to help you get started

 What is self care?

Self care is about looking after yourself in a healthy way. It can be anything from brushing your teeth, doing some exercise, managing common conditions (like headaches, colds and flu) or living with a long-term health problem, such as asthma or diabetes.

As a Self Care Aware practice we are here to help you feel able to look after your own health when it is right for you. So, when you come in for a consultation, the doctors, nurses and healthcare assistants in this practice will talk to you about what you can do to help maintain and improve your health.

Find out more about self care

you can access the Self Care forum where you will find lots of useful information and contacts at:

NHS Website click on the link below

Did you know?

  • The NHS belongs to all of us – help us to keep it working smoothly by turning up for appointments
  • Every time you see a GP it costs the NHS £43, on average, for a 12-minute consultation
  • A visit to Accident and Emergency costs £112

Self care for healthy living

Staying healthy is important for everyone, even if you are living with a long-term condition. This means eating healthily, exercising regularly, quitting smoking and drinking in moderation.

This practice can refere you to weight management courses, smoking cessation clinics and alcohol awareness sessions that can help you live a healthy lifestyle; we also offer a free NHS Health check to patients aged 40 to 74 years of age . Speak to the practice team for more information.

If you are not sure what changes you can make to help improve your health, NHS Choices offers a LifeCheck. Just answer a few simple questions and LifeCheck can give you advice on what changes may help you. Click here for a LifeCheck.

The following websites provide good information that can help you understand more about the common condition or long-term health problem that affects you:


Living with a long-term condition can bring challenges to different areas of our lives, such as how we interact with others, how we work, or how active we are. While this can have an impact on your mental and physical health, understanding how to manage your condition can lead to improving your quality of life and your wellbeing. Designed by health professionals and people living with long-term conditions, My Health Tools can help you make the changes you want by using understandable, easy-to-use tools to achieve your goals and improve your life for the better. It can:

  • Help you feel in control of your life while living with your health condition
  • Increase your confidence to better manage your health condition
  • Inspire you with many new ideas about how to best manage your health condition
  • Provide support and skills which meet your needs

click on this link to access the site, PDF file information for download MY HEALTH TOOLS