Under 18 GP Appointments
We now offer GP appointments for children aged between 1 and 18 via our remote video service (UK wide) and face to face appointments at selected centres. Please note that these appointments cannot be booked online so please call 0330 822 3072 for more information or to book. Lines are open Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm, Saturday and Sunday 9am to 5pm. We may record and monitor our calls. Available from £49.
To book or to make an enquiry, call us on 0343 253 8381∧
Head lice won’t go away on their own. They can stay in the hair for a long time and will spread to other people. They can also make daily life very uncomfortable. This is why it’s important to treat them. See our how do you get rid of head lice? section for more information.
Adults can get head lice and pass them on to other adults. But head lice are most common in children aged between four and 11 years. For more information on who can get head lice, see our about head lice section.
To get rid of head lice, you can either use wet combing or insecticide gels, lotions and sprays. You need to treat everyone living in the household and all close contacts at the same time. For more information on treating head lice, see our how do you get rid of head lice? section.
You don’t need to keep your child off school if they have head lice. But you should start treating them straightaway. Tell the parents of their close contacts, so they can check their child for head lice too. See our how do you get rid of head lice? section for information on suitable treatments.
Head lice don’t always cause symptoms, so you may not know you have them. Though sometimes they can make your scalp feel itchy. The only way to know for sure is to use a special fine-toothed detection comb to look for live lice. See our checking for head lice section for more information.
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