When the Surgery is closed, please call 111 for Out of Hours Care & Advice

We are now booking for the FLU CLINIC - please contact the Surgery if you are eligible for this vaccination

PRESCRIBING GUIDELINES: In March 2018, NHS England published guidelines about reducing the prescribing of medicines or treatments that are available to buy over the counter. This means that certain medicines may no longer be prescribed if you can buy them over the counter. Click on Prescriptions from the main menu for details on which medicines can be purchased from a Pharmacy.

Let us know how you think we are doing - CLICK HERE to leave a Review for Connaught Surgery on the NHS Choices website. Thank you

A & E : ALWAYS contact the GP first before attending A&E.... unless you have chest pains or suspected broken bones. You may be seen quicker at the practice .... It could save you time !

If you require a HOME VISIT please call before 10.30am.

We welcome any suggestions or comments about this website - our aim is to make it user-friendly.

Travel: Fear of Flying

Dear Patient

Reasons why benzodiazepines are no longer prescribed for fear of flying


  • The use of any sort of CNS depressant during a flight could put the passenger at significant risk of not being able to act in a manner which could save their life in the event of a safety critical scenario
  • The use of any sort of CNS depressant has the potential to increase the risk of a DVT. These drugs can induce non-REM sleep which tends to be of a type where there is less movement in sleep therefore increasing the risk of sitting without moving for more than 4 hours (the length of time which has been shown to increase the risk of developing a DVT)
  • A paradoxical increase in aggression has been reported by some patients taking BDZs and this therefore has the potential to put other occupants of the aircraft at risk
  • BDZs are contra-indicated for phobias
  • In some countries it is illegal to import these drugs and so the patient will need a different strategy for the homeward-bound journey and/or any subsequent legs of the journey
  • NICE guidelines suggest that medication should not be used for mild and/or self-limited mental health disorders. In more significant anxiety-related states, BDZs should never be prescribed. BDZs are only advised for short term use for a crisis in generalised anxiety disorder – if a patient is having a GAD crisis they are not fit to fly. Fear of flying in isolation is not GAD.



Call 111 when you need medical help fast but it’s not a 999 emergencyNHS ChoicesThis site is brought to you by My Surgery Website