How you can treat yourself…

Every year, lots of GP appointments are for illnesses that you can actually treat yourself, without having to see a doctor!

You can buy medicines for these illnesses over the counter from a pharmacy or supermarket.  If we all had the correct information on what these illnesses are, we’d be able to save the NHS a huge amount of money, which could be spent on other things like nurses or cancer treatment.

OTC medicines

Have a look at this guide on Over the Counter (‘OTC’) medicines by clicking on the image below:

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How can you treat yourself?

There is a handy list the NHS has made, of 33 illnesses that can be treated using over the counter medicines. Take a look at this guide…

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Chelwest Open Day

On September 5th we at Hiyos took part in a brilliant open day at the West Middlesex University Hospital site. The open day celebrated being healthy and active, and ran an exciting programme of events for all ages.

Not only did we have our own stand to show people all the innovative things we’re doing at Hiyos, but also we sneaked up on others and pleaded with them to tell us about their work – and we managed to capture it on film! We’ve also included some useful links to services in your area.

Bear with us – the atmosphere was SO buzzy at the show, that you may need to give the volume dial a nudge…

IAPT – Support for mental health

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Support for diabetes, and tips if you are at high risk of diabetes


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Cancer support – The Mulberry Centre

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Support and advice for carers



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Drug and alcohol support services


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Mental health and pregnancy


For more info there are lots of support services you can contact – including Apni, bacp, Mind, Samaritans, Netmums


Chronic disease workshop – Healthwatch


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Fit for work?

If you’re an employee and are ill, you can take time off work – but you need to give your employer proof if you’re ill for more than 7 days.

Check out these useful guidelines from the government on what that means…

Taking sick leave

And click on the image below to see guidance on how to get a fit note…

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And here is a useful video to talk you through getting a fit note from the surgery!






Welcome to the world, baby.

If you’ve just had a baby, you’ll know what hard work it is, whether it’s your first, second, or sixth! Babies are wonderful but can be tricky customers sometimes too!

At the surgery we run group events for your 6-8 week check – so that you can not only have you and your baby checked over, but also so you can chat to other mums and dads in the same position as you. Sharing experiences with peers can often be very therapeutic….

You should have your postnatal check 6 to 8 weeks after your baby’s birth to make sure you feel well and are recovering properly.

What happens at your postnatal check

The following is usually offered, though this may vary according to where you live:

  • You’ll be asked how you’re feeling as part of a general discussion about your mental health and wellbeing.
  • You’ll be asked if you still have any vaginal discharge and whether you have had a period since the birth.
  • Your blood pressure will be checked if you had problems during pregnancy or immediately after the birth.
  • You may be offered an examination to see if your stitches have healed if you had an episiotomy or caesarean section.
  • If you were due for a cervical screening test while pregnant, this should be rescheduled for 12 weeks after the birth.
  • You’ll be asked about contraception.
  • If you’re overweight or obese, with a BMI of 30 or more, you may be weighed. Your doctor should give you weight loss advice and guidance on healthy eating and physical activity.

Tell your doctor if…

  • you’re feeling sad or anxious – looking after a baby can sometimes feel overwhelming. Do not feel you have to struggle alone or put on a brave face. It’s not a sign that you’re a bad mother. You need to get help, as you may have postnatal depression. Your doctor or health visitor can provide help and support.
  • you’re having trouble holding in your pee or wind, or you’re soiling yourself with poo
  • having sex is painful
  • you’re not sure if you have had 2 doses of the MMR vaccination – if you have not had these, your practice nurse will offer them with a gap of at least 1 month between doses. You should avoid becoming pregnant for 1 month after having the MMR vaccination.

Here are some other useful bits of information, on feeding your baby... (click on the images to read the guides)…

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and on the immunisations your child will need…

Immunisation Schedule.pdf