Coronavirus Update

We are receiving a few requests for information about how to manage the new virus that is making the news right now.  Although the chances are good that this will be a non-issue, there is a lot of public concern so we thought to bring you some information you could use to navigate the muddy waters.

Common Antihypertensive Linked to Lung Cancer

image of CT of lungs

 

 A new study has shown a popular class of medication may be associated with an increased risk of lung cancer. 

We should like to stress that the risk if real, is VERY SMALL and if you are taking these medications you should continue to do so. 

Stopping them suddenly is very dangerous - if you are concerned, please make an appointment.  You should not stop taking the medication without discussing it with us first.

The Rub With Fixed Fees

Lego doctor imageAnyone paying the slightest attention to either of the last two General Elections could not fail to notice that the cost of visiting the GP was a key policy issue for pretty much every political party.  Each tried to outbid the other in offering lower costs, but is that actually A Good Thing?

 

0800 Number Helps With Access

We have noticed a fair few people who struggle to contact us because they have no credit on their phone.

To help with this, Hei Hei Health Centre now provides an 0800 number for calls during office hours.

In order to keep costs down, the system works with a callback if you call from a mobile - you will hear a message asking you to hang up, then you are called back automatically.  You will still have to wait to speak to reception, but it won't cost a cent!

The free number is 0800 891 396

Herbal Remedy or Devil's Lettuce

 

Unless you have been living under a rock recently, you cannot but have noticed that there is a lot of political debate about whether cannabis should be legalised, decriminalised or made available on prescription. 

As ever there is a vast amount of misinformation in the media and online so we thought to try to provide some perspective.  Be warned - you may be surprised and may not like what we have to say here but it is as far as can be told, the truth.

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