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Self Care


1. Self-care 

For minor ailments patients could safely treat symptoms at home, for example through rest or with appropriate over the counter medicines. 

Self-care is being able to manage symptoms such as coughs, colds, fever, aches and pains yourself at home. Not only does this improve your quality of life by saving you time, it helps you reduce stress, making you feel more positive and confident in taking control of your own health and wellbeing.
The best way to self-care is to be prepared for yourself and your family. Keeping a well-stocked medicine cabinet at home will prepare you for some of the most common illnesses so you can treat them immediately, when needed, without having to wait to see your doctor.

2. Use trusted NHS online services

Online NHS services offer sensible advice on a range of health issues and are a useful place to turn for initial guidance.
contains an A-Z of useful information and support and information on specific health conditions, from commonly occurring symptoms to long term conditions.

3. Seek advice from a pharmacist

Your local Pharmacist is highly skilled healthcare professionals who can offer valuable advice. 

They can give you advice on what to have in your medicine cabinet that you can easily buy from your pharmacies or supermarket. There are a wide range of medicines that are available at your local pharmacy or supermarket at a lower cost than it would cost your doctor to prescribe them.

  • Moisturising creams, gels, ointments and balms
  • Bath oils and shower gel
  • Anti-diarrhoeal medication for short term diarrhoea
  • Antifungal preparations e.g. Canesten
  • Anti-inflammatory gels e.g. ibuprofen gel
  • Head lice treatments
  • Lactose free infant formula
  • Cough and cold remedies
  • Mouthwash e.g. Corsodyl
  • Haemorrhoidal preparations e.g. Anusol
  • Hay fever remedies e.g antihistamine
  • Preventative vitamins and supplements
  • Lubricating eye drops and eye preparations for mild infections (patients >2yrs)
  • Paracetamol and ibuprofen for short term use for headaches and temperatures.
  • Rehydration sachets
  • Laxatives for short term use for relief of constipation
  • Threadworm tablets
  • Antiperspirants
  • Medicated shampoos e.g. Alphosyl, Capasal
  • Indigestion remedies e.g. Gaviscon, Peptac
  • Nasal douches e.g Sterimar
  • Teething remedies

Pharmacists are trained to provide advice and, where appropriate, sell medicines for minor ailments. No appointment is needed to see a pharmacist and, in general, pharmacies and supermarkets are open longer hours than GP practices, including weekends.

Call NHS111 if you think you need A&E or another urgent care service but you’re not sure. NHS111 is available 24/7 and calls are free from landlines or mobiles. The NHS 111 service is staffed by a team of fully trained advisers, supported by experienced nurses and paramedics.


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