“Self Care” sums up all the things that you could do to help yourself stay healthy or to manage your illness better. This is as important for simple things like coughs and colds, as it is for long term conditions like asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure or heart disease. It is also fundamental to maintaining your overall psychological and physical wellbeing.

Self-care starts with knowing what the problem is.

Sore Throat Colds or Flu Sinusitis Earache

Back Pain Eczema Fever in Children Coughs

Acne & Spots Headache or Migraine Constipation

Heartburn & Indigestion Sprained Muscle

Tools called Symptom Checkers can help to diagnose the problem

The website will ask you some questions about the person and their symptoms.

This can help you to arrive at a diagnosis and can help you to decide what sort of treatment you need and how urgently you need it.

This is not intended to be a substitute for the GP.

If you have any doubts then please call the GP or ring 111 if the practice is closed.

The NHS Choices Symptom checker websites and Apps often indicate which service you need to see – if any – and when .

e.g. it may recommend seeing the pharmacy, going to A&E or asking for an urgent or non-urgent GP appointment.

NHS Choices Symptom Checkers

Home medicine kit, Pharmacy, Practice Nurse, GP , A&E or other Service ?

There are many ways of getting help, and you may or may not need to see the GP before you can access the service that you would like. Many common conditions will get better on their own without needing medicines from the GP.

Reading the guides to managing common conditions will help us to help you & make it easier to speak with a GP when you need to.

The GP practice is not an emergency service – please call 999 if you have a medical emergency or

….  111 if you need general advice about a health condition.

The buttons below take you to some health websites that our doctors recommend for different reasons.

The NHS Choices Website has a good A-Z of health conditions and makes a good starting point.

Health A – Z of Conditions

The Healthtalk Online website seems to have more information about what its like to have an illness or condition. They have many videos and organise topics into the different aspects of the condition – e.g. living with pain.

HealthTalk Online Website

Life After A Stroke

Pharmacy First

Are you aware of the ‘Pharmacy First’ scheme?  This scheme gives you an alternative choice of visiting a participating pharmacy for treatment for specific ailments under the scheme, instead of booking an appointment with your GP.  This can often be quicker than seeing a GP, and we would recommend visiting your pharmacy first for any of the conditions treated on the scheme.  If you are entitled to free prescriptions, you can be treated free of charge.  Eligible patients must show their proof of exemption to the pharmacy.

When you use the Pharmacy First scheme, the pharmacist will assess you, and make a decision whether there is a need for medication.  The pharmacist may decide that you need to see your doctor or simply offer advice without supplying medicines.  Of course, you may still choose to purchase an over the counter medicine.

You may use this scheme if you are suffering with any of the following minor ailments:

  • Allergies
  • Bites or Stings
  • Colds and flu
  • Cough
  • Nasal congestion
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Diarrhoea
  • Fever (temperature)
  • Indigestion or Heartburn
  • Pain Relief
  • Toothache
  • Vaginal Thrush

So, if you have any of the above conditions, visit your Pharmacy First for treatment.