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Shielding - Protecting those who are most vulnerable. The Government are writing directly to people this week (23rd March) whom they deem to be "vulnerable" depending on their medical background. The letter will advise these individuals to self isolate, in order to protect themselves and the population. Those affected will receive a letter in the post. Please refrain from contacting the surgery about this as we have no further information at this stage. We are working hard to continue to ensure the safety of our patients and thank you for your understanding at this time. More info here.
Please do not come to the surgery if you do not have an appointment.
This is in the interest of patient safety with the current COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. We are now operating a full triage service before you are able to enter the building.
This is a pandemic and guidance from the government is changing on a daily basis. Please go to the daily government public health information for the latest update.
Currently we are working on the basis that if you have a high temperature or a fever OR a new continuous cough, please refer to 111.NHS.uk to follow their guidance. If you don’t have access to the internet please telephone 111, we anticipate there may be delays in answering.
To protect others, DO NOT GO TO A GP SURGERY, PHARMACY OR HOSPITAL.
To access our services:
Please complete an E-consult which will be passed to a clinician to triage. (Click on “Get an eConsult response within 24 hours” on the right hand side of the webpage.)
You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you do not have access to the internet or if you don’t fulfil the criteria, in bold above, to contact 111 and believe you need to be seen urgently today please phone the surgery. We are expecting larger delays in answering than usual - please call 01803 495400.
We are suspending paper prescription requests until further notice to avoid spreading the virus. Please order your prescription electronically. You can do this via 1. Patient Access, 2. NHS App or 3. Email us at email@example.com
If you have to stay at home because of Coronavirus, this is the Isolation Note for your employer.
Many thanks for your understanding and cooperation to help us protect our patients and staff
Just as people have always slept, there has always been those who have had difficulty falling asleep. While electric lighting, bright screens, and the 24/7 society may be modern developments that can contribute to problems sleeping, insomnia is an age old problem.
"A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book" ~ Irish Proverb
For bedtime relaxation try Calm’s sleep stories - soothing voices and sounds of nature can help prevent the mind wandering when trying to sleep.
Free to download with a limited number of free stories and free meditations to try
This excellent local charity "Step One" provides free courses and activities to help manage anxiety, low self esteem, lack of confidence, self harm, anger and promoting good sleep. Click here for groups & courses from September 2019 until March 2020 and watch interviews with some volunteers and participants. To access help, phone 01803 321248 or come to see us at our "pop up cafe" every Tuesday between 1pm-3pm at St. Pauls Church, Torbay Road, Paignton, TQ3 2DH. Our main offices are are based at Room 1:22 at Innovation Centre, Lymington Road, Torquay.
An award winning self-help guide. As many as 30% of the population struggle with sleep. Having trouble sleeping at some point in your life is quite normal. This leaflet contains advice on how to sleep better.
This leaflet desribes the science of sleep (quiet sleep and REM), some causes of insomnia (including Alcohol and the use of Mobiles & Tablets) and gives top tips to help you sleep better, often referred to as "sleep hygiene"
Just as we eat well and stay fit to keep our body healthy, mindfulness meditation is about mental health and looking after the mind. As little as 5 minutes a day can boost your mood, help you relax and lower your blood pressure. Developed by the Australian Cricket Team.
Want to start sleeping better in four weeks? Then start your FREE 30 day Better Sleep plan here. The website also includes some teenage sleep advice.
Sleepio uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) which trains people to use techniques that address the mental (or cognitive) factors associated with insomnia, such as the 'racing mind', and to overcome the worry and other negative emotions that accompany the experience of being unable to sleep.
It is a self-help tool that is available on a website and as an app on iOS mobile devices. The app can link to wearable fitness devices that track sleep.
It's recommended by the NHS and NICE and costs £200 per year, or £3.85 per week.
This book and CD work in harmony to reset your body's natural sleep mechanism, "the solution every insomniac has been waiting for." Whether you find it difficult to fall sleep, wake frequently during the night, or get up too early, this method both increases the amount of sleep you enjoy and, crucially, improves its quality.
Psychological, Physical or Lifestyle....? Tiredness or exhaustion that goes on for a long time is not normal. It can affect your ability to get on and enjoy your life. Before you contact a GP, you may want to work out how you became tired in the first place.
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Medical Care when we are closed
NON-EMERGENCY: Take a look at our "Get health information" page. Alternatively, call 111 for non-urgent medical advice.
MINOR INJURIES: We do not provide a minor injuries service. You should attend A&E or a local minor iunjuries unit. The LIVE WAITING times for these services are listed here.
EMERGENCY: Dial 999 or go to your nearest A&E Department (you must not dial 999 for anything other than an emergency)
If you do need to attend the emergency department at Torbay Hospital please read this leaflet.