HEALTH MAT­TERS

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

●● DR Paul Bowen, GP with McIlvride Med­i­cal Prac­tice, Poyn­ton, and ex­ec­u­tive chair­man of NHS East­ern Cheshire Clin­i­cal Com­mis­sion­ing Group (CCG) some of the most com­mon phrases we hear:“I’ve been cough­ing for a week and it’s gone to my chest”.

Most colds last two to three weeks, and tend to go ‘to the chest’. Yel­low and green phlegm is nor­mal and reg­u­lar painkillers and rest are best. Speak to your phar­ma­cist if you need any help. Breath­less­ness and pro­longed ill­ness do need to be seen how­ever.

“I can’t keep any­thing down”. Di­ar­rhoea and vom­it­ing bugs in healthy adults can last sev­eral days and need reg­u­lar parac­eta­mol and hy­dra­tion with en­ergy drinks.

“I need a visit”. Most doc­tors visit late morn­ing/ lunchtime, so please try to call as early as pos­si­ble.

Ac­cept­ing you can­not pre­dict if you fall ill later in the day, it re­ally helps us if you call as early as pos­si­ble.

“There’s sev­eral things, I’ve saved them up”.

Most pa­tients have more than one is­sue they want to cover in 10 min­utes, it’s best to state what they are at the be­gin­ning of the ap­point­ment and pri­ori­tise with your doc­tor. Sav­ing prob­lems up doesn’t help us, or you. We may need to book a fu­ture ap­point­ment to deal with ev­ery­thing.

“I’m not sure you are the right per­son to see?” With so many dif­fer­ent health­care work­ers, it can be puz­zling.

Our nurses will do most blood pres­sure, di­a­betes and asthma man­age­ment. If you need to see a GP, save your­self the time of re­peat­ing your story and see the doc­tor you last saw about it.

I hope this helps, and is not pa­tro­n­is­ing. It makes those dark win­ter days go more smoothly if we put you in con­trol.

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