Childrens Access to appointments

 

Does your child need to see a
Doctor today?

 

The practice offers appointments daily for assessment of unwell children. Sometimes requests will be triaged first by a clinician  to ensure that the correct appointment is given. Some conditions can be managed with advice over the telephone or advice from the local pharmacist .

 

When considering if your child requires an urgent assessment the following information may be of use:  

  • Most common infections do not get better quicker with antibiotics

  • Most children with a cold, cough, sore throat or earache who see their GP will still be ill 4 days later. This does not mean that they need treatment or need to be seen again.

  • One third of children who have seen their GP with a cough will still be coughing 2 weeks later. This does not mean that they need treatment.

  • Only children with signs of more serious illness generally need to be seen by a doctor or nurse. These signs include:

    • Excessive drowsiness
    • Difficulty breathing or rapid breathing
    • Cold or discoloured hands &/or feet with warm body
    • Abnormal pains in arms &/or legs
    • Abnormal colour (pale or blue)
    • Persistently high temperature not responding to medication

  • Symptoms related to meningitis
    • Unusually severe headache
    • A Stiff neck (difficulty putting chin to chest)
    • Dislike of bright lights
    • A rash that does not fade with pressure

 

The following website may also provide further useful information www.whenshouldiworry.com

 

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