Monthly Archives: November 2019

Stay Well This Winter

People are being urged to keep an extra special eye on themselves and the people they care for over the winter period so minor illnesses don’t become more serious.

People who are older or have long term conditions may be particularly vulnerable to winter bugs which could become serious and require hospital treatment. Getting help earlier may prevent this from happening.

To make sure winter bugs don’t become more serious:

  • Have your flu jab
  • If you start to feel ill, get help from your pharmacy straight away.
  • Keep your home warm, at least 18 degrees
  • Make sure you take any medicines as directed
  • Get any repeat prescriptions filled in advance as many surgeries and pharmacies close over Christmas
  • Keep a supply of cold and flu remedies in the house so you don’t need to go out if the weather is bad
  • If you are prescribed antibiotics finish the course
  • Don’t go to A&E or call 999 unless it’s an emergency. If you are in any doubt, NHS 111 can help you get the right treatment

Further Information

Announcing the Retirement of Dr Mark Allen, January 2020

I have been a Partner at the Maltings surgery since June 1991, working in the practice and the NHS through a time of great change.

I have enjoyed being a GP for our patients, but the time has come for me to leave the Maltings surgery and spend more time on other things.

I am a great supporter of the NHS principle, and it is clear to me that the NHS is underfunded to meet the expectations of today’s population.

If you wish to maintain or improve the service you receive from the NHS I strongly suggest you vote for a party which will increase the funding as a share of GDP.

It would also make a lot of sense to increase the share of the total budget that goes to Primary care.

The answer does not lie in further privatisation and fragmentation of services.

I wish all my patients well in the future, leaving you in the hands of a younger team.