Monthly Archives: March 2019

GP Earnings

All GP Practices are required to declare the mean earnings (i.e. average pay) for GPs working to deliver NHS services to patients at each practice.

The average pay for GPs working in St Thomas Medical Group in the last financial year was £48,674 before tax and national insurance.  This is for 1 full time GPs, 22 part-time GPs and 5 locum GPs who worked in the practice for more than six months.

Application form for Work Experience

Please click on the link below for the application form

Work Experience Application Form

When considering careers in healthcare, including medicine and nursing, it is essential to understand what these careers involve.  Primary care or general practice work experience will enable you to see and talk to a diverse range of health-professionals and patients about their own personal experiences. You will gain understanding of the different roles in general practice by shadowing a range of professionals, including doctors and nurses, healthcare assistants and receptionists. This will give you better insight into whether you would like to pursue a career in this setting.
In Exeter we are running a work experience pilot until the end of August at four practices across the city: St Thomas /Exwick Surgery, South Lawn Medical Practice, Barnfield Hill Surgery and Pinhoe Surgery. The pilot aims to increase accessibility of work experience to all students or postgraduates over the age of 16 who have an interest in a medical or nursing career. Before attending a 2-3 day placement applicants will need to complete a two-hour pre-course workshop regarding how to get the most out of work experience and covering confidentiality issues. Due to confidentiality it is not possible to have work experience at a practice where you are a patient. Feedback forms will be completed before and after placement in order to improve the program and measure outcomes.
If you are interested in work experience in general practice in Exeter please complete the application form.
If you have any questions please contact d-ccg.workexperienceexeter@nhs.net

Hay Fever

Hay fever is caused by an allergy to pollen. The symptoms of hay fever are caused when a person has an allergic reaction to pollen. Common hay fever symptoms are:

  • a runny, itchy and/or blocked nose
  • sneezing
  • itchy eyes

Pollen is a fine powder released by plants as part of their reproductive cycle. Pollen contains proteins that can cause the nose, eyes, throat and sinuses to become swollen, irritated and inflamed.

How to treat hay fever

Many hay fever symptoms can be controlled with over-the-counter medication at your local pharmacy.

  • Steroid nasal sprays help to prevent or reduce inflammation in the lining of the nose and some can help to relieve watery eyes.
    Available from your local pharmacy.
  • Antihistamines help to relieve a runny nose, sneezing, itching and watery eyes. Some types of antihistamines make you drowsy and are best taken before bed. Newer antihistamines are less likely to make you drowsy and are a common choice for children and people with milder or occasional symptoms of hay fever.
    Available from your local pharmacy.
  • Decongestant nasal sprays and tablets are used to unblock the nose. They should never be taken for more than a few days at a time.
    Available from your local pharmacy.
  • Eye drops can be used to treat itchy or watery eyes.
    Available from your local pharmacy.

If none of the above treatments are effective for you, please book an appointment to discuss other treatments.

Useful Links

  • NHS – Hay fever
  • NHS – Find your local Pharmacy
  • Met Office – Pollen forecast