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Whether it’s a new issue or an existing condition you’re managing, what are you experiencing?
What makes it better? What makes it worse?
This is about listening to your body, listening to your feelings and your instinct. Bear in mind that psychological/emotional issues, such as stress, can cause or exacerbate physical symptoms and vice verse.
If there’s something you’re currently concerned about, try to identify exactly what your concern is and what your immediate needs are, if any, regarding that concern. For example:
‘I have a pain in my knee - I know what’s causing it but need the pain controlled’
is different from
‘I have a pain in my knee - I need to know whether it’s something I should be taking seriously and doing something about’
and is different again from
‘I have a pain in my knee - I have medications to control it but don’t like taking them and would like to know if there’s any alternative’.
Apart from seeking medical advice (see lower down this page), you can find out more by looking up relevant information yourself, either online or through other sources of information; or there may be people with some sort of specialist knowledge you can access, such as a pharmacist for medication issues, or even some amongst your friends or family who may have knowledge or experience they can share.
Some of the options may be medical and some may be more straightforward things you can do yourself. Even chronic pain can often be improved a great deal through making relatively minor changes in daily life. Sometimes quite simple remedies or actions can help, without having to resort to medications. Where these work, they side-step the issue of possible side effects from medication.
Once you consult a doctor, you are probably looking for medical solutions. Sometimes these can fix a problem - or help to fix it - but they can’t always. Even if they help, they can be even more effective when teamed with self-management strategies.
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MINOR INJURIES: We do not provide a minor injuries service. You should attend A&E or a local minor iunjuries unit. The LIVE WAITING times for these services are listed here.
EMERGENCY: Dial 999 or go to your nearest A&E Department (you must not dial 999 for anything other than an emergency)
If you do need to attend the emergency department at Torbay Hospital please read this leaflet.
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Posted at 08:33 on 20/09/2018
We have been working closely with Mayfield Medical Centre just down the road for over a year now, in order to ensure the long-term sustainability of General Practice in this area. We share a Paramedic who helps with visits, a Pharmacist, a Practice Manager as well as some GP, Nurse and administrative resources. Hurrah! We are now proposing a formal merger.
Posted at 17:02 on 31/07/2018
We are pleased to let you know that we are working closely with the Mayfield Medical Centre just down the road, in order to ensure the long-term sustainability of General Practice in this area. For example, we are sharing a Paramedic who is helping with visits, as well as sharing some GP and Nurse resources, and some management and administrative support. Hurrah!
Posted at 15:36 on 09/05/2018
Obesity is a cause of cancer!! There's lots in the news about this. Contact our lifestyles team for support (0300 4561006) or click on the green weight button for lots of tips to help you lose weight and reduce your chance of getting Cancer.
Posted at 14:59 on 12/04/2018
The new shiny Old Farm Surgery website will soon be live!
Posted at 11:42 on 16/12/2017
Phone the surgery on 01803 556403