It can be tricky deciding whether or not to keep your child off school or nursery when they’re unwell. Most schools and nurseries have their own guidelines on this and how long a child should stay off after being unwell but there is a useful guide available.
Some of the illness outlined in the Government Guidelines are as follows:
|Chickenpox|| You should keep children off school/nursery until all the |
spots have crusted over – this is typically about 5 days after
the first spots appear.
|Coldsore||There is no need to keep your child off school/nursery.|
|Conjunctivitis||There is no need to keep your child off school/nursery.|
|Ear infection||If your child has an ear infection and a fever or severe ear ache, its best to keep them off school/nursery until their fever goes away and their feeling better.|
|Fever||Keep them off school/nursery until the fever goes away.|
|Hand, foot and mouth disease||If your child has hand, foot and mouth disease but seems well enough to go to school/nursery, there’s no need to keep them off|
|Head lice and nits||There is no need to keep your child off school/nursery.|
|Impetigo||They will need antibiotic treatment from the GP and should be kept off school/nursery until the sores have crusted over and healed or for 48 hours after they start antibiotics.|
|Ringworm||There is no need to keep your child off school/nursery, once they have started treatment.|
|Scarlet fever||They will need antibiotics from the GP but can go back to school/nursery after starting them.|
|Slapped cheek syndrome||You do not need to keep your child off school/nursery because once the rash has appeared they are no longer infectious.|
|Sore Throat||Your child can still attend school/nursery however, if they have a fever they should stay at home under it goes away.|
|Threadworms||There is no need to keep your child off school/nursery.|
|Vomiting & Diarrhoea||Children should be kept off school/nursery for 2 days after their symptoms have cleared up.|
*Please be aware that schools and nurseries rules on the above may vary, so its best to check with them if you are unsure.
Following recent activity on Facebook where patients of Weaverham Surgery posted derogatory comments about some of our staff, we now have the following policy in place.
If any such posts are brought to our attention we will contact the patients involved and invite them in to have a face to face discussion about the issues that they have. This will be viewed as a potential break down in the doctor – patient relationship and may result in you being removed from our list.
However, we would ask that rather than posting derogatory or hurtful comments about any of our staff on social media, or if there are any aspects of the service that you are not entirely happy with, please ask to speak to the practice manager about this or put your comments to us in writing giving us the opportunity to respond. We welcome all feedback, positive and negative as it gives us the opportunity to review the services that we provide and where necessary or appropriate, make any changes or improvements.
YOU WOULD NOT EXPECT TO READ DEROGATORY COMMENTS ABOUT YOURSELF AT YOUR OWN PLACE OF WORK, NOR DO WE.
You may have noticed we have a new tab on our website titled ‘Care Hub’!
Care Hub is a brand new directory of local non-NHS services and providers that you as patients can access to find local services. You can find information on a range of topics to support you to live well including health support, financial aid, volunteering, arts, activities and social groups.
You can start using Care Hub straight away, simply click on the Care Hub tab and use the categories to narrow down what you are looking for!
This week is Cervical Cancer Prevention week, a week dedicated to reminding ladies to book their smear tests and not to be embarrassed about the process.
Cervical screening prevents 75% of cervical cancers from developing, yet one in four women in the UK don’t attend.
Cervical Screening is the method of detecting abnormal cells on the cervix. Being screened regularly means any abnormal changes in the cells can be identified and if necessary, treated to stop cancer developing.
All women in the UK aged 25 to 49 are invited for a screening test every three years and those aged 50 to 64 are invited every five years.
What happens when you go for your cervical screening?
The screening test usually takes around 5 minutes to carry out.
You’ll be asked to undress from the waist down and lie on a couch, although you can remain fully dressed if you are wearing a loose skirt/dress.
The nurse or doctor will gently put an instrument called a speculum into your vagina, this holds the walls of the vagina open so the cervix can be seen.
The nurse or doctor will then use a small soft brush to gently collect some cells from the surface of your cervix. Although the procedure can be a little uncomfortable, it shouldn’t be painful. However, if you do find it painful let the doctor or nurse know as they may be able to reduce your discomfort.
Once the sample is taken, the doctor or nurse will close the curtain allowing you to dress whilst they prepare the sample to be sent off to the laboratory.
The cell sample is then sent off to a laboratory for analysis and you should receive the result within 2 weeks.
Many women are nervous and embarrassed about the process of cervical
screening, but there is no need to be, nurses and doctors carry out these tests
You can minimise your worries when you book your appointment by requesting a female nurse or doctor to carry out the test. You are also welcome to bring a chaperone to your appointment too.
With the cold weather setting in this week, it’s important to take extra care to make sure you stay fit and healthy. Those with long-term respiratory problems need to take extra care as the damp, cold conditions can make you more vulnerable to catching those pesky winter bugs.
If you start to feel unwell, even if it’s a cough or a cold, don’t wait until it gets more serious. Seek advice from your Pharmacist.
Follow these simple tips below to help you and your loved ones to stay fit and well over this cold snap.
There has been a rise in the number of flu cases in the local area, therefore we are urging patients living in South Cheshire and Vale Royal that it is not too late to get their flu vaccination.
Latest reports from Public Health England show that flu is now circulating in the local area and a small but growing number of cases have been confirmed by Leighton Hospital in Crewe.
A flu vaccine is available free of charge for anyone over the age of 65, pregnant women, those with a serious long-term health condition, those living in a long-stay residential care home, and those who receive a carer’s allowance/are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person.
If you are eligible for the flu vaccine on the NHS, contact your GP Practice now to book.
On Monday 21 January 2019 Active Cheshire will launch PlayBoxes in parks across Winsford and Northwich. The boxes will be full of active toys for the whole community so everyone can share and play together, for free.
All you need to do is:
You can find out more information at www.activecheshire.org/events-training/playbox
NHS 111 is now available online, providing people with fast and convenient access to urgent health advice digitally.
NHS 111 online offers people an alternative to the 111 phone service, as well as helping to manage increasing demand on the telephone service – but please note it does not replace the phone service.
How does it work
To access the service simply visit 111.nhs.uk, enter your age, sex, postcode and main symptom, and then you will be guided through a series of questions about your health problems.
At the end of the questions you will be given advice about the best course of action to take next, which could be:
You can now see a GP or other healthcare professional during:
To book an appointment, talk to your GP practice or visit their website. You may be able to get an appointment on the same day if required.
You may be offered an appointment at:
Urgent and routine appointments with a GP, either same day or in advance are now available in Northwich, Winsford, Nantwich and Crewe.
Patients registered with Weaverham Surgery can book an appointment at the service through their GP practice – Weaverham Surgery. these appointments are not suitable for all types of problems. (NB This is not a walk-in service).
The opening hours are 6:30 pm to 7:15pm weekdays and 9:00am to 2:00pm weekends and Bank Holidays. You can book an appointment by contacting your own GP practice.
Appointments are available in Northwich at Danebridge Medical Centre and Witton Street Surgery; in Winsford at Dene Drive Medical Centre; in Nantwich at Tudor Surgery; Wrenbury Medical practice and Kiltearn Medical Centre and in Crew at Millcroft medical Centre and Gresty Brook Hub.