We all get poorly from time to time and need to take life a little slower, have some rest and recuperate.  Did you know there are many ailments that you do not need to see your GP for?  Many problems such as colds, back pain, and some eye problems can be helped by treating yourself, or visiting your pharmacy or optician.

Use the tabs below to find out more information, including a link to a symptom checker which is great if you are unsure of your problem, helpful links & tips, and much more.



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 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.

When you use the Pharmacy First scheme, the pharmacist will examine 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 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.

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HealthUnlocked is a social network website for health.  By finding others with similar health backgrounds, people can take on day to day health concerns together.  And because the communities are set up by leading health organisations, people have access to credible support.  HealthUnlocked believe that good information is good for your health.  HealthUnlocked has been built to get good support to the people who need it.

It is relatively straightforward to sign up via there website https://healthunlocked.com/ and once you have signed up, there are a number of ways that the website can help you.  For example, if you have back pain and are looking for help and support from others, you can search back pain and follow that ailment.  People can share their experiences, and offer tips and suggestions for help managing your back pain.  Some users are health professionals themselves.

Another way to use the website is to add posts.  Doing this will add your post to the most relevant page, and other people around the world may help you with your post.  For example you might ask a question related to your health concern.  From this, other users will respond with their experiences.

HealthUnlocked will respect a users confidentiality and you can adjust settings to hide any part of your identity, such as name, location, sex etc.

If you are interested, simply click the image link above to be taken to the website.

Reedyford Health Care cannot be held responsible for any data or text contained within HealthUnlocked as this is an external website/app and so cannot have any administration powers over the website.

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