General Health Advice and Self-Care

Updated on 23rd December 2016 at 3:16 pm


General health advice

There are many ailments and illnesses that can be easily treated at home with the aid of some common sense advice and a range of medicines you can buy from a shop or local pharmacy.

To help you, visit NHS Choices or contact NHS111 (by phoning 111) to find out how you can treat some of those common illnesses, or we have a handy guide below.


If you need advice your local pharmacist can help

Pharmacists are experts in the use of medicines and are able to diagnose and offer treatment for a range of minor illnesses and ailments immediately, without the need to make an appointment. They are open long hours, at weekends and evenings and there are many pharmacies on the local high street and in supermarkets.

They can give advice, or where appropriate, medicines that can help to clear up the problem and offer a range of branded or non-branded medicines. If you have any questions about the differences between these products they would be happy to talk to you.

Instead of booking an appointment with your GP, you can see your local pharmacist any time by just walking in.

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Make sure you have repeat prescriptions

If you or someone you care for requires medicines regularly, make sure you order and collect repeat prescriptions in good time to ensure you or your family have enough medicine to last over the festive period. Many of the calls to out of hours health services are for emergency repeat prescriptions when people have run out of their medication – a situation that could be avoided with some forethought and planning. By thinking ahead for your regular medication you are helping our busy out of hours doctors and nurses.


Know when your GP surgery will be open

Your local GP practice will be closed over bank holidays and may also offer limited appointments around Christmas and New Year.  If you need to see a GP when the practice is closed, contact the NHS 111 service by dialling 111.


NHS child health

It’s a real worry when children become ill. Understandably, we don’t want to take any risks.

Parents and carers can now find NHS advice at their fingertips to help you look after their children’s health. ‘Looking after your child’s health.’ is an important NHS guide for parents and carers of children aged 0-5 years.  Click here for more information.

For further advice or if your child needs to see a GP when the practice is closed, contact the NHS 111 service by dialling 111.

Download the free NHS app today! Just search for ‘NHS child health’ on Google Play or Apple’s App Store.

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