Portcullis Surgery

Portcullis Lane, Ludlow, SY8 1GT

Telephone: 01584 872 939

https://florey.accurx.com/p/M82043

We are closed. Call 111 for urgent advice out of hours.

Update on Antibiotics and Scarlet Fever

Posted on December 7th, 2022

Update on Antibiotics and Scarlet Fever
Dear patients
Please be advised that Amoxicillin oral suspension in both 125mg and 250mg remain out of stock long term in Lloyds pharmacy.
Boots have informed us today that they now have amoxicillin 250mg suspension in stock.
Lunts Pharmacy continue to stock most common antibiotics in suspension.
We apologise in advance for the inconvenience but we may need to send some parents of children who need antibiotics in suspension to travel to Lunts in Craven arms until we hear back from all chemists regarding their availability.
We continue to be seeing a significant increase in calls and appointment requests following coverage in the media of serious cases.
Please stay vigilant but remember that most sore throats are VIRAL infections not bacterial. Strep A throat infections and Scarlet Fever are very rare causes of throat infections.
We would remind parents to be on the lookout for SERIOUS symptoms.
If you feel your child is seriously unwell and in need of urgent attention, (please see the list of symptoms below) DO NOT email us. Call 999 in a life threatening emergency or for urgent problems CALL Portcullis Surgery on 01584 972939 and ask for an urgent call back by the duty Doctor or contact ☎️NHS 111:
❗️your child’s sore throat or fever is getting worse AFTER 3-4 DAYS INSTEAD OF GETTING BETTER
UNLESS YOU HAVE ANY SERIOUS SYMPTOMS BELOW WE WOULD ADVISE YOU TO CALL US IF YOUR CHILD IS STILL UNWELL AFTER 3-4 DAYS, PLEASE TRY NOT TO CALL US IF YOUR CHILD HAS ONLY HAD A TEMPERATURE FOR ONE DAY OR LESS AND IS RELATIVELY WELL.
❗️your child is feeding or eating much less than normal or complaining of problems with swallowing food or drink
❗️your child is vomiting and not keeping any fluid down
❗️your child has had a dry nappy for 12 hours or more or shows other signs of dehydration
❗️your baby is under 3 months and has a temperature of 38°C, or is older than 3 months and has a temperature of 39°C or higher
❗️your child is very tired or irritable or very drowsy
❗️your child has red and swollen tonsils, with white patches or streaks of pus
❗️ your child develops a fine, red rash on the torso, arms and legs which is rough to touch (feels like sandpaper)
We may do a swab of your child’s throat if we suspect strept throat as all such cases should be reported to Public Health England.
Hereford Hospital has confirmed to us today that there are NO CONFIRMED cases of Strep A throat infection. If there are any reported cases then Public Health England would always contact any close contacts but we have had no such notification so far from either Hereford or Shrewsbury Hospital for any children based in the Ludlow area so please try not to worry too much. We will let you know if the situation changes.
If your child has none of the above symptoms AND HAVE BEEN ILL FOR LESS THAN THREE DAYS WITH MILD SYMPTOMS then it is unlikely to be Scarlet Fever, and unlikely to be anything urgent.
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    08:30am to 06:00pm
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