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 Thorpe-le-Soken Surgery
 

High Street

Thorpe-le-Soken

Essex

CO16 0EA

 

Branch surgery at Kirby Cross             

 

Tel: 01255 861850      

Email: thorpelesoken.surgery@nhs.net

 

sepia image front of surgery

Dr Carla Mahmoud

 &

Dr Mathew Kattukaran

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Faints


Simple faints are common and occur in typical situations.  They are caused by insufficient blood reaching the brain and cause a short lived loss of consciousness.


Usually the patient will be aware of feeling faint, lose consciousness for a short while and then come round again.


Treatment includes lying them down and raising their legs to improve the blood supply to the brain.


Contact the doctor when the surgery is open if:

  • you feel this was not a simple faint

  • you faint often in non-typical situations

Contact the doctor straight away if:

  • the patient has a fit or is incontinent

  • the period of unconsciousness is longer than a few minutes

Febrile Convulsions


Don’t panic. These are fortunately rare and although very frightening do not result in any long term damage.

They generally occur in children under 5 in association with a viral infection and are triggered by a rapid rise in temperature.  The child will generally shake all over and appear to be vacant.  This may continue for several minutes, though it always appears an awful lot longer.


Whilst the child is fitting, turn them onto their side so that they do not choke and keep them safe from hurting themselves. Once the fit has stopped, the child will usually remain vacant for some time and may sleep.

The temperature should be reduced by undressing the child and tepid sponging (see the section on temperatures) – do not give paracetamol or drinks to a child who is drowsy.


Contact the doctor straight away:

  • always contact your doctor as the cause of the temperature rise may need to be treated.


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