Off The Record – May 2017




Our biggest change this month is the retirement of Dr Tait from the Partnership at Nunwell Surgery after more than 29 years at the practice.  He has seen the surgery through numerous staff changes, three building evolution’s and helped guide it through the sometimes turbulent, changes of the wider NHS.  His commitment and support to patients and staff has been exemplary and he will be sorely missed by all.  We would like to say a huge thank you for his care and dedication in all his work here.  We wish him a long, happy and healthy retirement.


We would also like to give Dr Deer our best wishes for her upcoming maternity leave. Her last day at the surgery will be the 25th May 2017.

Her work will be covered by two doctors Dr Jo Stanley and Dr Chris Wilkinson until she returns next year.


Sun safety


Following the glorious weekend we had early in April, we thought it would be useful to share some quick facts about staying safe in the sun.  There were a few ‘glowing’ people wandering around!


There is an NHS website with lots of useful information about a whole range of health issues – just type NHS choices into a search engine and then search for your chosen subject.  The following information is from the NHS Choices website.


Sunburn increases your risk of skin cancer. Sunburn doesn’t just happen on holiday, you can burn in the UK, even when it’s cloudy.


Spend time in the shade when the sun is strongest. In the UK, this is between 11am and 3pm from March to October. Make sure you:

  • never burn
  • cover up with suitable clothing and sunglasses
  • take extra care with children
  • use at least factor 15 sunscreen


Don’t rely on sunscreen alone to protect yourself from the sun.



  • When buying sunscreen, the label should have the letters “UVA” in a circle logo and at least four-star UVA protection
  • a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15 to protect against UVB
  • Make sure the sunscreen is not past its expiry date. Most sunscreens have a shelf life of two to three years.
  • Don’t spend any longer in the sun than you would without sunscreen.
  • Most people do not apply enough sunscreen. As a guide, adults should aim to apply around:
    • two teaspoons of sunscreen if you’re just covering your head, arms and neck



  • two tablespoons if you’re covering your entire body, while wearing a swimming costume
  • If sunscreen is applied too thinly, the amount of protection it gives is reduced. If you’re worried that you might not be applying enough SPF15, you could use a stronger SPF30 sunscreen.
  • If you plan to be out in the sun long enough to risk burning, sunscreen needs to be applied twice:
    • 30 minutes before going out
    • just before going out
  • Sunscreen should be applied to all exposed skin, including the face, neck and ears – and head if you have thinning or no hair – but a wide-brimmed hat is better.
  • Sunscreen needs to be reapplied liberally and frequently, and according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • This includes applying it straight after you’ve been in water – even if it is “water-resistant” – and after towel drying, sweating or when it may have rubbed off.
  • Water washes sunscreen off, and the cooling effect of the water can make you think you’re not getting burned. Water also reflects ultraviolet (UV) rays, increasing your exposure.
  • Water-resistant sunscreen is needed if sweating or contact with water is likely.
  • Sunscreen should be reapplied straight after you’ve been in water – even if it’s “water-resistant” – and after towel drying, sweating or when it may have rubbed off.


Take extra care to protect babies and children. Their skin is much more sensitive than adult skin, and damage caused by repeated exposure to sunlight could lead to skin cancer developing in later life.   Children aged under six months should be kept out of direct strong sunlight.