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IT’S A BABY BOY! Dr Seema Haider and Dr Kavitha Subramanian have both given birth to baby boys. Welcome to the world baby Zack and baby Ari! <3

HMC are proud to receive a CQC GOOD WITH OUTSTANDING IN RESPONSIVE, CARE OF OLDER PEOPLE, VULNERABLE ADULTS AND YOUNG PEOPLE following our inspection. The first outstanding awarded in the boroughs of B&D, Redbridge, Havering! Thank you to our wonderful team. We will continue to work hard and improve the service we offer to our incredible patients

PLEASE BE AWARE, we are no longer accepting patients who live outside our Upminster catchment area. Letters are being sent out to out of area patients advising them of next steps.

PATIENTS- If you fail to attend 3 appointments (and do not cancel in advance), you will be asked to find another GP. Please remember to cancel appointments you no longer need. We lose over 100 appointments a month due to failed attendances.

PLEASE CALL AFTER 12PM FOR TEST RESULTS OR ROUTINE QUERIES AS PHONE LINES ARE VERY BUSY IN THE MORNING AND URGENT APPOINTMENT CALLS MUST BE PRIORITISED

Coughs/Colds/Sore Throats

In the Winter season we see a rise in Respiratory tract infections (RTIs).


Infections such as ear infections, sore throat, sinusitis, cough and the common cold are widespread. Doctors often use the term respiratory tract infection (RTI) to include any – or all – of these infections.

Most RTIs are caused by a virus and clear up on their own. Viruses cannot be killed by antibiotics – only bacterial infections can be effectively treated with antibiotics.

Each viral infection you get is caused by a slightly different virus, and once you've fought it off, you are immune (resistant) to that particular virus.

Typical total duration of an RTI

Ear infection: 4 days

Sore throat: 1 week

Common cold: 1½ weeks

Sinusitis: 2½ weeks

Cough: 3 weeks

 

These viruses DO NOT RESPOND TO ANTIBIOTICS. In addition, antibiotics can cause unpleasant side effects, such as sickness, diarrhoea or skin rashes.

You can take paracetamol or ibuprofen to relieve headache, aches and pains and fever. You may also wish to ask your pharmacist for advice about over-the-counter remedies such as cough medicines, decongestants or throat pastilles. Unfortunately, there is no easy fix but rest assured that your symptoms should alleviate over time and if they do not then you should book an appointment to see your GP.

 

Adapated from NICE Clinical Guidelines



 
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