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Manage your Hay Fever this Spring

Hay fever is caused by an allergy to pollen. The symptoms of hay fever are caused when a person has an allergic reaction to pollen. Common hay fever symptoms are:

  • a runny, itchy and/or blocked nose
  • sneezing
  • itchy eyes

Pollen is a fine powder released by plants as part of their reproductive cycle. Pollen contains proteins that can cause the nose, eyes, throat and sinuses to become swollen, irritated and inflamed.

How to treat hay fever

Many hay fever symptoms can be controlled with over-the-counter medication at your local pharmacy.

  • Steroid nasal sprayshelp to prevent or reduce inflammation in the lining of the nose and some can help to relieve watery eyes.
    Available from your local pharmacy.
  • Antihistamineshelp to relieve a runny nose, sneezing, itching and watery eyes. Some types of antihistamines make you drowsy and are best taken before bed. Newer antihistamines are less likely to make you drowsy and are a common choice for children and people with milder or occasional symptoms of hay fever.
    Available from your local pharmacy.
  • Decongestant nasal sprays and tabletsare used to unblock the nose. They should never be taken for more than a few days at a time.
    Available from your local pharmacy.
  • Eye dropscan be used to treat itchy or watery eyes.
    Available from your local pharmacy.

If none of the above treatments are effective for you, please book an appointment to discuss other treatments.

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As you are aware, surgeries generally are struggling to cope with the high demand on their services and patients are often experiencing long waits when booking routine appointments. Unfortunately many patients fail to attend their appointments without informing the practice. These appointments could have been offered to other patients. In order to try to address this problem the practice has adopted a policy whereby if a patient does not attend 3 appointments in 12 months a warning letter will be sent to the patient stating that a further occurrence may result in removal from the practice list.

During the month of February a total of 72 patients did not attend their appointment.

We thank all 670 patients that attended their appointment and those that cancelled it in good time so we could offer it to another patient.

Novel Coronavirus

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The NHS and Public Health England (PHE) are extremely well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The current risk to the general public is moderate.

You can help too.

Germs can live on some surfaces for hours. To protect yourself and others:

  • Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze.
  • Bin the tissue, and to kill the germs, wash your hands with soap and water, or use a sanitiser gel.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
  • If you have arrived back from an affected area within the last 14 days and develop symptoms of cough or fever or shortness of breath, you should immediately:
    • Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flu
    • Call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the country

This is the best way to slow the spread of almost any germs, including Coronavirus.

More information, including a list of the affected areas is available by logging onto gov.uk/coronavirus

Northampton GP Extended Access service

GP Extended Access – making it easier to get a GP appointment at a time that suits you

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Do you find it difficult to attend an appointment during the working day?

Are you a busy parent with small children?

Or do you rely on working carers to take you to appointments?

The Northampton GP Extended Access service makes it easier for you to book an appointment with a local GP or other healthcare professional at a time that is more convenient, including evenings, weekends and Bank Holidays. Appointments are available in Northampton.

When are appointments in my area available?

  • 18:30 – 21:30 Monday to Friday
  • 09:00 – 17:00 Weekends
  • 10.30 – 13.30 Bank Holidays


If you would prefer to see your usual GP or practice nurse, please book an appointment with the practice during normal opening hours.

What type of appointments are available?

A range of appointments are available through the service, including the following:

  • GP – routine GP Appointments & test results
  • Advanced Nurse Practitioner – acute minor illness

Where will I be seen?

All appointments for the Northampton GP Extended Access Service are available on the ground floor of Highfield Clinical Care Centre, Cliftonville Rd, Northampton NN1 5BD

Ask us about GP Extended Access. When your practice is closed please contact NHS 111 if you require health support or advice.

For support with the management of minor ailments, please contact your local pharmacist or visit the NHS website.

We are implementing a new symptom checker called Doctorlink

Moulton Surgery would like to invite you to join DoctorLink.

We have been looking at how we can improve access to Practice services; DoctorLink is our new online service where you can access advice and appointments on line.

Registration is simple and you can register here:

app.doctorlink.com/register

 For all urgent appointments, we ask that you undertake a symptom assessment through DoctorLink.

The symptom checker will ask you a number of questions to help to identify your problem.

The outcome of your assessment will direct you to the right treatment, whether emergency care, your GP, nurse or self care.

If your outcome indicates that an appointment is required, you simply click on the request appointment link.

Once the request has been submitted, you will then be contacted by the Practice Team, to arrange an appointment within the identified timeframe (as outlined in the outcome of your symptom checker).

The information you provide will be shared with our clinical team (where appropriate) and will assist in providing robust information of your problem to the required clinical team member prior to your appointment.

You can even download the App:

More bookable GP Appointments available in Northampton

6:30pm – 9:30pm weekdays, 9:00am – 5:00pm weekends

There are now more bookable GP appointments in Northampton, making it easier for you to get an appointment at a time that suits you including evenings, weekends and Bank Holidays.

The Northampton GP Extended Access Service is an extension of your usual GP practice, it is not a walk-in-service, you need to make an appointment through your usual GP practice.

The service is located on the ground floor of Highfield Clinical Care Centre, Cliftonville Rd., Northampton NN1 5BD.

For more information please visit: www.northantsgpalliance.com