Unwell Children


The Practice reserves some appointments each day for children who are unwell. If there are no appointments available you will be able to speak to the doctor on-call. You may be advised to seek further medical attention if your child’s condition deteriorates. This could be with the practice (even the same day if clinically appropriate), the Out of Hours Service or via A&E.

Some conditions can be managed with advice over the telephone or advice from the local pharmacist. When considering if your child requires an urgent assessment the following information may be of use:

o Many common infections such as colds, coughs, sore throats and ear ache do not necessarily need antibiotics and often get better within 7-10 days.

o Some children who have seen their GP with a cough may still be coughing 2 weeks later.

Children with signs of more serious illness generally need to be seen by a clinician, here at the practice (or the Out of Hours Service if we are closed) or at A&E, depending on which you feel is most appropriate. These signs include:

o Excessive drowsiness

o Difficulty breathing or rapid breathing

o Cold or discoloured hands &/or feet with warm body

o Abnormal pains in arms &/or legs

o Abnormal colour (pale or blue)

o Persistently high temperature not responding to medication

o Persistent vomiting and diarrhoea

o Unusually severe headache

o A stiff neck (difficulty putting chin to chest)

o Dislike of bright lights

o A rash that does not fade with pressure

If your child has any of the above symptoms please either contact the surgery without delay or, if your child is unresponsive please call 999.

The following website may also provide further useful information;