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Health warning over Oak Processionary Moth Caterpillar

We are aware of an increasing problem in the local area from oak processionary moth catrerpillars. These caterpillars are covered in tiny hairs that can cause severe asthma attacks and allergic reactions. Until recently, the moth was found only in mainland Europe, but in 2006 it was discovered on oak trees in Ealing and Richmond, in London. The caterpillars feed on oak leaves and produce silken nests on the trunks of affected trees. There is no natural predator. The hairs can cause symptoms if the caterpillars or their nests are touched, but they can also be carried on the wind. The most common symptoms are an unpleasant rash. Less common problems are sore throats, breathing difficulties or eye problems. Asthma UK has advised those with asthma always to remember to carry a reliever inhaler with them in case of an unexpected attack.

The caterpillars or their nests should not be touched. You should not attempt to remove them, but should report them to one of the addresses given below.

Who is affected by these caterpillars? The caterpillars’ hairs can affect anyone, but asthmatics in particular are at risk of having a severe attack. The hairs can also affect animals, including dogs, cats and horses, so people are also encouraged to keep their pets and livestock away from infested trees.

Why do these moths cause health problems? Health problems are most common when the caterpillar is in its last stages of development in late May and early June, before becoming a moth. This is because the caterpillars are covered with tiny hairs that contain a toxin (thaumetopoein or closely related compounds). If these hairs and toxins come into contact with the skin they can cause symptoms.

What sort of symptoms do they cause? If the hairs or toxins come into contact with the skin they can cause a very itchy skin rash. If they come into contact with the eyes they can cause itchy eyes. Can the symptoms be serious? People vary in their response - not everyone reacts to the caterpillar hairs. The most common problem is an itchy rash which is unpleasant but not dangerous.

What should I do if I develop these symptoms? The recommended treatment includes an oral antihistamine, such as cetirizine or loratadine. Speak to your chemist for advice. If the itching keeps you awake, a sedating antihistamine such as chlorphenamine (Piriton®) may help in addition. Topical steroid cream such as hydrocortisone can also be purchased from the chemist and this may soothe the rash further.  If your symptoms are not responding to this, ask for a telephone consultation with your GP. If you have any breathing difficulty, consider booking an appointment or A&E in extreme cases.

What should I do if I see a nest? Anyone who thinks they have found oak processionary caterpillars or their nests should not touch them or attempt to remove them, but should report their sightings to the Forestry Commission with its Tree Alert on-line pest reporting tool, giving as precise details as possible about the location.

Private Prescriptions 
Please be advised that prescriptions issued by a Private Consultant cannot be converted into NHS Prescriptions. You need to take your Private Presciption to a Chemist who will advise you of the charge. Even if this is high, we are not allowed by new NHS rules to issue them.

 

 

 

 

Welcome to Oxshott Medical practice

The Oxshott Medical practice provides Primary Medical care to patients within the practice area.  The Partners are Dr Richard Draper and Dr Mark Jenkins. We have three part-time salaried GP's - Dr Alice Palfreman, Dr Adicia Selvanayagam and Dr Sarah Glynne.

We also will have a registrar Dr Hannah Coleman who will be with us in until August 2019. 

The surgery premises are located behind the Oxshott Village Centre and there is ample parking close to the surgery with easy access for disabled patients.  The toilet facilities have also been designed for use by disabled patients.

The practice provides maternity medical care, contraceptive services, child health surveillance, minor surgery and a number of other clinics, which are outlined in this website.

We use our surgery website as a way of presenting all our patients with an up to date resource for all information relating to our practice.  We will keep it current with any news, developments & details that are relevant to the practice & our patients.

Evening and Weekend GP Appointments

GP Health Partners Ltd. is a federation of 20 practices across the Cobham, Oxshott, Leatherhead, Ashtead and Epsom area. We are a founder shareholder and we all work together to deliver healthcare services for all our patients which would be beyond the scope of individual practices.

GP Health Partners are able to offer additional flexible GP appointments for you and your family at several convenient and local locations.

CONNECTED - You will be seen by an experienced GP, from a local practice. The doctor will have access to your GP record and will update your GP here with the outcome of your consultation.

CONVENIENT - You can pre-book evening and weekend GP appointments via our practice receptionist. Weekday evening appointments run from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm and on Saturday 9:00am to 2:00pm and Sunday mornings 9:00am to 1:00pm.

ADDING NOT REPLACING - GP Health Partners work this us, and believe that your long term relationship with us is important. If a referral needs to be considered they will let us know.

Complex and long term problems are unlikely to be resolved in a 10 minute consultation with a new doctor, and are best followed up with your usual GP here at the Practice. 

Interpretation and Translation Patient Survey:

Dear Patients:

We really want to hear your thoughts on what a good interpreting and translation service could look like for you when attending your GP practice.

Please click here to complete the survey and share your views.

- In English – https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/T3PRW/

Chcielibyśmy poznać Państwa zdanie na temat tego, jak powinny wyglądać dobre usługi tłumaczenia podczas wizyt w przychodni. Prosimy kliknąć tutaj, aby wypełnić ankietę i przekazać swoje opinie.

- In Polish – https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/QQ4LT/

ہم حقیقت میں اس بارےمیں آپ کی رائےجاننا چاہتےہیں کہ اپنی جی پی پریکٹس پرحاضرہوتےوقت آپ کےلئےمترجم اورترجمہ کی اچھی خدمت کس طرح کی ہوسکتی ہے۔ سروے مکمل کرنےاوراپنےخیالات کا اشتراک کرنےکےلئے برائےمہربانی یہاں کلک کریں۔

- In Urdu - https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/E2NGL/

ਅਸੀਂ ਸੱਚਮੁੱਚ ਇਸ ਬਾਰੇ ਤੁਹਾਡੇ ਵਿਚਾਰ ਸੁਣਨੇ ਚਾਹੁੰਦੇ ਹਾਂ ਕਿ ਤੁਹਾਡੇ ਲਈ ਆਪਣੀ GP(ਜੀ.ਪੀ) ਪ੍ਰੈਕਟਿਸ ਵਿੱਚ ਆਉਣ ਵਾਲੇ ਸਮੇਂ ਵਿੱਚ ਵਧੀਆ ਦੁਭਾਸ਼ੀਆ ਅਤੇ ਅਨੁਵਾਦ ਸੇਵਾ ਕਿਸ ਤਰ੍ਹਾਂ ਦੀ ਹੋ ਸਕਦੀ ਹੈ। ਕਿਰਪਾ ਕਰਕੇ ਸਰਵੇਖਣ ਭਰਨ ਅਤੇ ਆਪਣੇ ਵਿਚਾਰ ਸਾਂਝੇਕਰਨ ਲਈ ਇੱਥੇ ਕਲਿੱਕ ਕਰੋ

- In Punjabi - https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/5Y0MJ/

Siamo interessati a conoscere le tue opinioni in merito a quello che ritieni possa essere un servizio d’interpretariato e traduzione ideale quando ti rechi dal tuo medico curante (GP). Fai clic qui per completare il sondaggio e condividere le tue opinion

- In Italian- https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/BNAR1/

我們希望了解當您到全科醫生診所就診時,您認為哪些口譯和筆譯服務對您有益。請按一下此處以完成本次調查並與我們分享您的看法。

- In Chinese - https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/K1H3L/

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