Self Treatment

Many common conditions can be treated without needing to consult a doctor. Most minor illnesses will get better without treatment or you may treat minor illnesses with help from a pharmacist. Most calls to the practice and to the GP Emergency service are for a small range of common illnesses. Advice on these common illnesses is available by phone from the 111 service by dialling 111, which is free from landlines and mobile phones, and on the Internet at the NHS website

Why self – care?

Rather than visit their GP, most people can take care of themselves when they have common symptoms such as sore throats, coughs etc. Pharmacists can advise you on over the counter medicines.

The following minor illnesses can be treated effectively and safely using over the counter medicines. Treatments for these conditions are no longer recommended on prescription. You can speak to your pharmacist for advice.

  • Aches & pains
  • Athlete’s foot
  • Cold sores
  • Colic
  • Constipation
  • Coughs & colds
  • Dandruff
  • Diarrhoea
  • Ear wax
  • Fungal nail infections
  • Fungal skin infections – (ringworm)
  • Hayfever & allergies
  • Headache & migraine
  • Heartburn & indigestion
  • Head lice
  • Mild dry skin
  • Skin rashes including nappy rash, other skin complaints including acne, sun protection, birthmarks, facial hair, bruising, tattoos, sweating.
  • Piles (haemorrhoids)
  • Sore throat
  • Teething & toothache
  • Threadworm
  • Travel medicines including travel sickness
  • Upset stomach
  • Vaginal thrush
  • Varicose veins

To obtain further information on a variety of medical conditions please visit the NHS website at

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