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Family Medicine & Self Help Information

med cabThis is a list of inexpensive but useful medicines for minor illnesses. Keep them in a cupboard that is either locked or out of reach of children or steam.

  • Soluble aspirin (over 16 year olds only)
  • Eucalyptus drops
  • Dressing strips
  • Thermometer
  • Paracetamol mixture
  • Calamine lotion
  • Crepe bandage
  •  Antiseptic solution
  • Cotton wool
  • Vapour rub
  • Sling

Remember

Keep the medicine box in a secure, locked, place out of reach of small children. Always read the instructions and use the recommended 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 Take all unwanted and out-of-date medicines back to the pharmacy.

Remember not to give aspirin to anyone under 16 years of age. If in doubt please check with a pharmacist.

Over the Counter Medicines

After talking to patients about over counter medicines for minor conditions and understanding their experiences, the local Clinical Commissioning Group is asking GP's to no longer prescribe medicines on prescription for the short term treatment of minor ailments, low dose vitamin D supplements for prevention of deficiency and some specialised infant formulas. Patients will be asked to purchase them over the counter instead either from their local pharmacy or shop. 

Community Pharmacists are best placed to help and advise people about suitable treatment for minor conditions. They are a great source of information, advice and guidance and you can buy your medicines cheaply and easily for minor conditions. The pharmacist will ask you questions to ensure that there is no other reason as to why you cannot take the medication.

However if you are worried or your symptoms get worse or persist you can still make an appointment to see your GP. By visiting your pharmacy you will help to free up valuable GP and nurse time, which can be used to deal with more complex or serious health needs. 

Click here for further information about Over The Counter Medicines

Click here to download FAQ - Your Questions Answered regarding over the counter products

For more information regarding Vitamin D deficiency please follow the links:

Vitamin D 

Vitamin D in Children

Self Help

coldWe are keen to help patients improve on self help and hope that the following information will offer some insight into that.

Take a look and see if you can improve your own understanding of your health and well-being! Please encourage others to look here too.

For more information on Healthy Start please visit their website Healthy Start

Here is a list of ailments that can be safely self managed. You will see that you can take a look via the hyperlink at the other websites which can offer you further information about managing your condition.

NHS Choices is the UK's biggest health website. It provides a comprehensive health information service that puts users in control of their healthcare. The website helps users make choices about their own health, from decisions about their lifestyle, such as smoking, drinking and exercise, to finding  and using NHS services in England. NHS Choices includes around 20,000 regularly updated articles. There are also hundreds of thousannhsds of entries in more than 50 directories that can be used to find and choose health services in England.

Common ailments that can be self managed:

Back pain

NHS Choices

Cold sores

NHS Choices

Common Cold

NHS Choices

Conjunctivitis

NHS Choices

pdfInformation Leaflet

Constipation

NHS Choices

Cough

NHS Choices

pdf Information Leaflet

Diarrhoea

NHS Choices

Dysmenorrhoea (painful periods)

NHS Choices

Earache

NHS Choices

Haemorrhoids

NHS Choices  

Hayfever

NHS Choices

Head lice

NHS Choices

Headache

NHS Choices

Heartburn & Indigestion

NHS Choices

Influenza

NHS Choices

pdf Information Leaflet

Insect bites

NHS Choices

Migraine

NHS Choices

Nasal congestion

NHS Choices

Nappy rash

NHS Choices

Sore throat

NHS Choices

pdf Information Leaflet

Sinusitis

NHS Choices

Sprains and strains

NHS Choices

Thrush

NHS Choices

Warts and Verrucas

NHS Choices

 



 
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