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Ibuprofen and coronavirus

Ibuprofen and coronavirus (COVID-19) The Commission of Human Medicines (CHM) has been asked to review the safety of ibuprofen in patients with COVID-19. The Commission on Human Medicines’ Expert Working Group on coronavirus (COVID-19) has concluded that there is currently insufficient evidence to establish a link between use of ibuprofen, or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and contracting or worsening of COVID-19.

Patients can take paracetamol or ibuprofen when self-medicating for symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever and headache, and should follow NHS advice if they have any questions or if symptoms get worse.

Taking ibuprofen

Patients should always read the patient information when taking over-the-counter medicines, such as ibuprofen and paracetamol, and follow the instructions on how to take the medicines.

Prescribing ibuprofen

Healthcare professionals should consider a patient’s individual risk factors, including any history of cardiovascular and gastrointestinal illness, when prescribing ibuprofen. Additionally, ibuprofen should be used with caution in patients with known renal impairment.

The lowest effective dose of ibuprofen should be used for the shortest duration necessary to control symptoms.

Patients who have been prescribed NSAIDs as a treatment for a long-term condition, such as arthritis, should keep taking these medicines as normal. Adult patients who take low-dose 75 mg aspirin regularly for prevention of heart attacks or for vascular disease should continue to do so.

 Dr June Raine  CBE Chief Executive,  , Medicines and Healthcare products  Regulatory Agency

Professor Stephen Powis, National Medical Director, NHS England and NHS Improvement

Professor Gilllian Leng CBE, Chief Executive, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

Help for vulnerable people

If you need any help please go to the official site from the government.

You will be asked a series of questions.

Please be careful of other sites, they could be scams.

If you would like to use a local community base, please contact

Northern Fells Group

The Northern Fells Group is a community charity based in North Cumbria and serves 3,700 residents in an upland area of over 200 square miles. The catchment area incorporates seven parishes – Ireby & Uldale, Boltons, Westward & Rosley, Sebergham & Welton, Caldbeck, Castle Sowerby and Mungrisdale.

 Telephone:  016974 78094

 E-mail:  [email protected]

Caldbeck Surgery

December news letter 2019

Newsletter December 2019, page 2

2019 Flu Vaccination Clinics

Flu Vaccines 

We are still giving  Flu Vaccines to patients at risk.

As you may be aware it is recommended that everyone aged 65 and over by 31st March 2020 and anyone with lung disease, diabetes, kidney disease, heart disease or without a spleen is offered a ‘flu vaccination’. The vaccine is also offered to people who are a main carer.  

 Please make an appointment with us.   

 On behalf of the surgery team    

Thank you very much.


All formulations of Ranitidine are anticipated to be out of stock soon, with no date for resupply until further notice. If you are a patient at Caldbeck Surgery and prescribed Ranitidine, one of the doctors will be reviewing the medical notes of everyone affected and we may be in contact.

Healthwatch Cumbria

Have your say on Health and Social Care Services by clicking on the link and completing the survey. The survey is being undertaken by Healthwatch Cumbria.

Important Patient Information Regarding Repeat Medications Issued at Caldbeck Surgery


Following our recent Care Quality Commission visit, we have had to make the following changes in order to comply with current prescribing regulations.

In order for us to carry out the correct procedures we need to allow extra administration time before your prescription can leave the building. Therefore from the 1st March 2015 all patients who get their repeat medication from Caldbeck dispensary must allow 2 full working days from the day ordered to the day of collection. Examples of timescales below;

Day Ordered Collection day
Monday Wednesday
Tuesday Thursday
Wednesday Friday
Thursday Monday
Friday Tuesday

 In the case of Bank Holidays please order a day earlier.

Any orders placed via the internet or the answerphone service while the surgery is closed, will not be processed until the surgery’s next working day, and will be ready for collection in accordance with the above.

If you use our delivery service, please order by noon on Friday.

We do apologise for any inconvenience this may cause you in the future, and should you require any further information regarding this issue please do not hesitate to contact the Dispensary team.