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Practice closure 19 September 2022

Monday 19th September

St Martin's Practice will be closed on Monday 19 September as a mark of respect on the day of Queen Elizabeth’s funeral. We have contacted all patients who had booked appointments in the 19th to rearrange them. If you had an appointment booked for that day and haven’t heard from us, please give us a call to rebook. Thank you.

Care Quality Commission inspection

St Martins is being inspected by the Care Quality Commission in August 2022.

At our last inspection in 2018 we were found to be GOOD, report here (stated as archived only as St Martins has moved location since the last Inspection).

CQC welcomes feedback from patients as part of the inspection process. If you would like to give feedback about us and our services then please complete this form.

 

Fear of flying

Patients often come to us requesting the doctor or nurse to prescribe diazepam for fear of flying or assist with sleep during flights. Diazepam is a sedative, which means it makes you sleepy and more relaxed. There are a number of very good reasons why prescribing this drug is not recommended.

According to the prescribing guidelines doctors follow (British National Formulary) diazepam is contraindicated (not allowed) in treating phobic states. It also states that the use of benzodiazepines to treat short-term mild anxiety is inappropriate

Your doctor would be taking a significant legal risk by prescribing against these guidelines. They are only licensed short term for a crisis in generalised anxiety. If this is the case, you should be getting proper care and support for your mental health and not going on a flight.

Click through to read more in our Patient Leaflet about this,including links to organisations that can help you learn to control any fear of flying.

Fear of flying.pdf

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