Fortunately we have not yet had the predicted influenza epidemic this winter but we have seen a significant number of upper and lower respiratory infections as usual, partly because our cities are damp, polluted and crowded. The worst polluting agents appear to be nitrogen dioxide from diesel fumes, and Oxford Street in Central London is the worst in the world for this type of pollution.
Nevertheless, the NHS is already under strain and we have now been advised that there is an outbreak of Norovirus which is affecting patients and staff and adding to the already stretched NHS resources. Samedaydoctor Private Doctor GP walk in clinics are open every day apart from Christmas day and we can take the workload off the NHS if patients are willing and able to use a Private GP service. Appointments can be made by phone or email or you can walk in during our opening hours.