Welcome to Mullion & Constantine Group Practice
Hello and welcome to the website for The Mullion Health Centre, Constantine Surgery, The Lizard Surgery and Ruan Minor Surgery.
We’ve packed it full of useful information in a very easy to use format with the added benefit of several online functions.
If you’re new to the area, have a look at our opening times, download a registration form and come and see us.
Coronavirus and The Practice
Click here to check on changes to our procedures during the pandemic.
Holiday Makers in the Area
On holiday and needing GP Care whilst staying in our catchment area?
Anyone temporarily staying in our catchment area that needs to speak with a GP regarding medication or a chronic disease must telephone their own registered GP Practice. This will aid the management of their care as their GP will have a full record of their medical history and can also undertake a video or telephone consultation if required.
Any temporary residents who have run out of/lost their medication can have an electronic prescription sent from their registered GP to a local pharmacy here for them to collect.
If you have a minor injury, there are two minor injury units locally at Helston Community Hospital and Falmouth Hospital as well as an Urgent Care Unit at West Cornwall Hospital.
Repeat Prescription Order Line - Mullion Health Centre 18/05/2021
Repeat Prescription Order Line at Mullion - From August 1st
We have taken the decision to cease the repeat prescription telephone order line at Mullion Health Centre. We will put this in place at the beginning of August, giving all our patients time to decide an alternate method for your repeat ordering.
You will still be able to order your repeat medicaiton on the telephone at Constantine and our branch sites at The Lizard and Ruan Minor.
There are more effective and safe ways to order your repeat medication, in particular using our easy Online request service via our website. If you are not already signed up for this, please call in at the surgery and a member of the team will be happy to help.
We also have a letter box on the outside of the building at Mullion for posting your repeat medication counterfoils at any time of day, evenings and weekends. This is emptied every working day at 11.30am for the scripts to be processed. If using this method, please take care to ensure you tick only the items you wish to re-order.
Thank you for your co-operation with this. We strive to offer the highest standard of service to all our patients and will continue to do so.
Fear of Flying
Patients come to us, asking us to prescribe diazepam for fear of flying. There are a number of very good reasons why prescribing this drug is not recommended.
1) Diazepam is a sedative, which means it makes you sleepy and more relaxed. If there is an emergency during the flight it may impair your ability to concentrate, follow instructions and react to the situation. This could have serious safety consequences for you and those around you.
2) Sedative drugs can make you fall asleep, however when you do sleep it is an unnatural non-REM sleep. This means you won’t move around as much as during natural sleep. This can cause you to be at increased risk of developing a blood clot (DVT) in the leg or even the lung. Blood clots are very dangerous and can even prove fatal. This risk is even greater if your flight is greater than 4 hours.
3) Whilst most people find benzodiazepines like diazepam sedating, a small number have paradoxical agitation and increased aggression. They can also cause disinhibition and lead you to behave in a way that you would not normally. This could impact on your safety as well as that of other passengers and could also get you into trouble with the law.
4) According to the prescribing guidelines, doctors follow (BNF) Benzodiazepines are contraindicated (not allowed) in treating the phobia. Your doctor would be taking a significant legal risk by prescribing against these guidelines. They are only licensed short term for a crisis in generalised anxiety. If this is the case, you should be getting proper care and support for your mental health and not going on a flight.
5) Diazepam and similar drugs are illegal in a number of countries. They may be confiscated or you may find yourself in trouble with the police.
6) Diazepam stays in your system for quite a while. If your job requires you to submit to random drug testing you may fail this having taken diazepam.
We appreciate that fear of flying is very real and very frightening. A much better approach is to tackle this properly with a Fear of Flying course run by the airlines. We have listed a number of these below.