Self help

As well as our practice, there are many other local NHS services you can contact for health advice, information or treatment.

Did you know that 10 of the most minor aliments seen by GPs can also be treated by you at home?

By treating yourself at home you could save a trip to the surgery and free up time for the GPs to see patients with more serious health problems. Read about some of the most effective home treatments on the NHS Choices website for:

  1. Back pain
  2. Dermatitis
  3. Heartburn and indigestion
  4. Nasal congestion (blocked nose)
  5. Constipation
  6. Migraines
  7. Coughs
  8. Acne
  9. Sprains and strains
  10. Headaches

Click here to visit the NHS Choices website

 

Medicine cabinet

Remember that you can treat many minor ailments such as colds, coughs and indigestion by keeping a well-stocked medicine cabinet at home.

We suggest you keep the following:

  • Paracetamol and aspirin (children under 16 and people with asthma should not take aspirin)
  • Mild laxatives
  • Anti-diarrhoeal medicines
  • Rehydration mixture
  • Indigestion remedy (for example, antacids)
  • Travel sickness tablets
  • Sunscreen – SPF15 or higher
  • Sunburn treatment (for example, calamine)
  • Tweezers and sharp scissors
  • A thermometer
  • A selection of plasters, non-absorbent cotton wool, elastic bandages and dressings

Remember:

  • Keep the medicine chest in a secure, locked place out of reach of small children
  • Always read the instructions and use the suggested dose
  • Watch expiry dates – don’t keep or use medicines past their sell-by date
  • Take all unwanted and out-of-date medicines back to the pharmacy

 

NHS24 Self Help Guide

For advice and information on how to look after yourself and treat common health problems yourself, visit the NHS website www.nhs24.com or telephone 111.

 

Other NHS services

As well as our practice, there are many other local NHS services you can contact for health advice, information or treatment.

You can ask your local pharmacist about lots of health issues, including when to visit your GP. And there’s no need for an appointment.

Visit our Who Should I See page for more information

 

Hay Fever : advice from doctors

In the hay fever season (Spring/Summer) many patients present with red watery eyes, runny nose and sore throats.  These symptoms are usually due to hay fever.  The incidence of hay fever is increasing throughout the country and many people who have never had this problem before are now experiencing symptoms.  We recommend that patients obtain treatment over the counter in the first instance.  There are lots of anti-histamines available as well as nasal sprays eg Beconase.  Please discuss this with your pharmacist.

 

Norovirus

Norovirus, which causes diarrhoea and vomiting, is now circulating in the local community.  Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and, in some cases, a fever, headache, stomach cramps and aching limbs.  Symptoms can last for 12 to 60 hours, but most people recover within two days.  There is no specific treatment, but it is important that people with diarrhoea and vomiting drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration.

The virus is easily spread from person to person.  To avoid catching it, wash your hands throughly with soap and water after contact with an affected person or environment, do not visit your GP or hospitals if you have symptoms. Call 111 or call your GP for advice.  Avoid attending A&E if possible – unless symptoms are severe or there are complicating factors.  Don’t visit people in hospital or care homes until you have been symptom-free for at least 48 hours.  Stay off work whilst unwell and for 48 hours after the symptoms have resolved.  Parents should keep affected children away from school/nursery/playgroup while they are unwell and for 48 hours after the child has recovered.