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Sick Notes

These are only issued for illness lasting more than 7 days. A self-certificate (SC1) should be used for periods of illness less than 7 days. It is a statutory document and should be recognised by your employer. Your employer may have these available at your place of work. They may also be obtained from reception or downloaded from the Isle of Man Government.

Disabled Access

The front doors provide wide access; a ramp is provided opposite the main entrance.

Clinics

The doctors provide family planning (including the fitting of implanon and coils), minor surgery, antenatal and child health surveillance clinics. Health promotion clinics provide general advice to diabetics, asthmatics and hypertensives etc. See also the section on the website for foreign travel advice. Please phone or ask at reception for details.

Physiotherapy

You can access the physio directly without needing to see the doctor. Use the link below

Physio 

Hearing Tests

If you are 50 or above you can now self refer yourself for a hearing test. Use the link, download the form, and follow the instructions. 

Hearing

Counselling for mild to moderate depression

If this would be of help to you open the form and follow the instructions.

 

Self Treatment of Illness and Accidents

 

Colds, Coughs and Stuffy Noses

  • These are caused by viruses and, even in this day and age, there is no cure.
  • Antibiotics can only kill bacteria, which are completely different organisms.
  • Paracetamol will relieve the headache, sore throat and aching muscles as well as bringing down the fever.
  • The illness will generally last five to six days but the cough may persist for several more days.
  • If you are experiencing chest pain, a purulent cough or breathing difficulties please speak to one of the practice nurses or a doctor.

Fever (Raised Temperature)

  • A fever is natural with most illnesses and simple measures to lower the temperature will make you feel much more comfortable.
  • Keep the room cool. Don't wrap the patient, even if the person says they feel cold.
  • Leave the patient exposes to allow the excess heat to escape from the body, especially young children.
  • Take plenty of cool drinks. Take regular paracetamol or aspirin.
  • Sponge down with tepid flannel - leave the patient damp and repeat when dry.

Vomiting and Diarrhoea

  • Prevent dehydration - drink plenty of fluids.
  • Dioralyte and Rehidrat are available at your chemist and are very useful for young children.
  • If vomiting is a problem take small sips of fluids every few minutes.
  • If symptoms persist or if very frequent vomiting, see your doctor.
  • Symptoms should settle in 24-36 hours.

Chickenpox

  • Rash appears as small red patches with itchy blisters.
  • Rash will dry up and crust over in four to five days.
  • Child is infectious until the last crusts have dropped off.
  • Calamine lotion and cool baths will help the itch.
  • Phenergan medicine from the chemist can also help.

Head Lice

  • Found in clean hair as often as dirty hair.
  • Spread by head-to-head contact.
  • Combing using conditioner and a nit comb is the most effective treatment.
  • A medicated head lotion can be obtained from the chemist.
  • Treat all members of the family and notify the school.
  • Speak to our practice nurse for advice.

Threadworms

  • Small white worms seen in motion.
  • Suspect if there is itching around the anus especially at night.
  • Spread by eggs under the nails put into the mouth.
  • Medicine is available from the chemist.
  • All family members should be treated.

Back Pain

  • Usually begins as a strain caused by poor lifting technique.
  • Always bend your knees and keep back straight.
  • Rest your back on a firm bed and maintain good posture when walking.
  • Painkillers and rest are usually all that is required.

Cystitis

  • Very common in women.
  • Causes a burning sensation on passing urine.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • The chemist can help and supply antibiotics.
  • If your symptoms last more than 24 hours consult your doctor.

Burns

  • Immediately apply large quantities of cold water.
  • If skin is unbroken but blistered apply loose dressing.
  • If burn is large or skin is broken contact the nurse or the Minor Injuries Unit at the Cottage Hospital.

Sunburn

  • Sunburn is bad for your skin.
  • Children are especially susceptible
  • Cool the skin with cool water and apply calamine lotion.
  • Paracetamol and an antihistamine will reduce the reaction.

Useful Telephone Numbers

  • Ramsey and District Cottage Hospital - 811811
  • Noble's Isle of Man Hospital - 650000
  • A&E Nobles Hospital - 650040
  • Ramsey Police - 812234
  • Ramsey Town Hall - 818100
  • The Samaritans - 663399
  • Citizens Advice Bureau - 813466
  • RELATE (Marriage Guidance) - 623902
  • Alcohol Advisory Service - 627656
  • Age Concern - 815399
  • Isle of Man Government General Enquiries - 685685
  • Royal Liverpool Hospital - 0151 706 2000
  • Clatterbridge Hospital - 0151 334 4000
  • Broadgreen Hospital - 0151 282 6000
  • Alder Hey Hospital - 0151 228 4811