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Hay Fever – How to manage your Hay Fever

Hay fever is caused by an allergy to pollen. The symptoms of hay fever are caused when a person has an allergic reaction to pollen. Common hay fever symptoms are:

  • a runny, itchy and/or blocked nose
  • sneezing
  • itchy eyes

Pollen is a fine powder released by plants as part of their reproductive cycle. Pollen contains proteins that can cause the nose, eyes, throat and sinuses to become swollen, irritated and inflamed.

How to treat hay fever

Many hay fever symptoms can be controlled with over-the-counter medication at your local pharmacy.

  • Steroid nasal sprays help to prevent or reduce inflammation in the lining of the nose and some can help to relieve watery eyes.
    Available from your local pharmacy.
  • Antihistamines help to relieve a runny nose, sneezing, itching and watery eyes. Some types of antihistamines make you drowsy and are best taken before bed. Newer antihistamines are less likely to make you drowsy and are a common choice for children and people with milder or occasional symptoms of hay fever.
    Available from your local pharmacy.
  • Decongestant nasal sprays and tablets are used to unblock the nose. They should never be taken for more than a few days at a time.
    Available from your local pharmacy.
  • Eye drops can be used to treat itchy or watery eyes.
    Available from your local pharmacy.

If none of the above treatments are effective for you, please book an appointment to discuss other treatments.

Useful Links

  • NHS – Hay fever
  • NHS – Find your local Pharmacy
  • Met Office – Pollen forecast

We are a Park Run practice!

We are proud to be a Park Run Practice.

The Park Run takes place on a Saturday morning at 9.00am at the War Memorial Park, Kenilworth Road, Coventry, CV3 6PT.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Please ask at reception for further details.

To find out more about Parkrun and how it can help you make new friends and stay healthy, please click on the Parkrun logo below.

Urgent Appointments

We have listened to patient feedback and in order to prevent patients having to ring back at 2pm once the morning slots are full we are trialling a new system to prevent this.

This will mean that ‘on the day’ appointments will be for urgent on the day problems only.  Once the urgent appointments are taken patients will be added to a triage list whereby a doctor will ring them to ascertain their urgency and to see whether the problem can be dealt with on the phone or whether they still need to come to the surgery. Receptionists do not have the access to book extra patients in once surgeries are full

We ask that you please be patient – the new system is a change for staff as well as patients and will take some time to bed in but it is hoped that in the long run this system will be far better for patients.

We are an award winning surgery!

We attended the Coventry & Rugby Clinical Commissioning Group Inspires awards evening on 9.10.15.  Out of 8 possible awards we are delighted to announce that Engleton House surgery won 3!  These were for:
  • Excellence in Child Protection and Safeguarding award
  • Excellence in End of Life Care award
  • Our Nurse Sandie won the Nurse Lifetime Achievement award.

Feeling under the weather?…

weather adviceCold and wintry conditions can cause misery. The cold air can make it more difficult to breathe, and minor ailments like sore throats, bad coughs, colds and flu are more common during the winter months.

If you’re over 60 and feeling under the weather, tell your friends, family or carer as soon as possible, and get advice from your local pharmacist before it gets worse.

Your local pharmacist can:

  • Give you expert advice to help prevent conditions such as a bad cough, trouble breathing, cold, or a sore throat from getting worse
  • Help you manage a long term condition, if you have one
  • Offer longer opening hours than your GP surgery and see you without an appointment
  • Provide a consultation area to speak privately so other people can’t hear
  • Tell you if you need to see your GP.

 

For more information please visit the links below:

 

Your NHS Summary Care Record Initiative – You have a choice…

What is the NHS Summary Care Record?

The Summary Care Record will contain basic information about any allergies you may have, unexpected reactions to medications and any prescriptions you have recently received.  The intention is to help clinicians in Hospitals, Accident and Emergency Departments and ‘Out of Hours’ health services to give you safe, timely and effective treatment.

Clinicians will only be allowed to access your record if they are authorised to do so and, even then, only if you give your express permission.  You will be asked if healthcare staff can look at your Summary Care Record every time they need to, unless it is an emergency, for instance if you are unconscious.  You can refuse if you think access is unnecessary and this will not affect the standard of care you will receive.

You do not have to have a Summary Care Record, although you are strongly recommended to consider this choice.  If you decide to proceed, but at any time in the future you change your mind and choose not to have a Summary Care Record, all you need do is write to your Surgery informing them of your decision to “Opt-out”.

If you want a Summary Care Record you do not have to do anything, it will automatically be created for you. If you would like to opt-out of this initiative please download an opt-out form (pdf) complete it and bring it into the medical centre.