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Dr Mary Stirrat gave birth to a baby boy on Friday 22nd April. Both mother and baby are both doing well. Dr Stirrat will now be on maternity leave until January 2023 with Dr Gail Osprey covering most of Dr Stirrat's days while she is off. 


Prescribing of hypnotics and anxiolytics (benzodiazepines).

These are medicines which are highly addictive and open to abuse. The UK medicines regulatory body, the MHRA, advises that doctors should avoid long-term prescribing of this type of medicine which includes the following examples:

                   Diazepam                                Nitrazepam

                   Lorazepam                              Temazepam

                   Loprazolam                             Zopiclone

                   Lormetazepam                       Zolpidem

                   Oxazepam                               Zalepon


These medicines will no longer routinely be started by the practice.

Prescriptions for these medicines:

    • Will be for short term use only (up to 2 weeks maximum)

    • Will require regular follow up/return to the practice prior to issuing

If you are already taking any of the above medicines then you may be invited to the practice for a review with your doctor to discuss a plan to step down/stop the medicine. As part of treatment with these medicines the practice will carry out random urine testing. If you would like more information please discuss with your doctor.

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