Get The Right Treatment

There are many illnesses that do not require you to seek medical attention.


Every year, millions of us visit our GP with minor health problems that our local pharmacist could resolve.

It is estimated that every year, 50 million visits to the GP are made for minor ailments such as coughs and colds, mild eczema, and athlete's foot. But by visiting your pharmacy instead, you could save yourself time and trouble.

Instead of booking and waiting for a GP appointment, you can visit your local pharmacist any time: just walk in.

All pharmacists can recognise many common health complaints. They can give advice or, where appropriate, medicines that will help to clear up the problem. If your problem is more serious and needs the attention of a GP, your pharmacist will recognise this and advise you to see your GP.


Pharmacist may be able to help with:


  • skin conditions, such as mild acne and mild eczema
  • coughs and colds, including nasal congestion and sore throat
  • minor cuts and bruises
  • constipation and haemorrhoids (piles)
  • hay fever and allergies
  • aches and pains, such as headaches, earache and backache
  • Indigestion, diarrhoea and thread-worms
  • period pain and thrush
  • warts and verrucas, mouth ulcers and cold sores
  • athlete's foot
  • nappy rash and teething


Accident & Emergency (A&E)


A&E departments treat patients who have serious injuries or illnesses.

You should visit A&E or dial 999 for emergencies, such as:


  • loss of consciousness
  • pain that is not relieved by simple analgesia
  • acute confused state
  • chest pain
  • breathing difficulties
  • suspected broken bones or heavy blood loss
  • overdose or poisoning

First Aid

Every year in the UK, thousands of people die or are seriously injured in accidents. Many of these deaths could be prevented if first aid is given before emergency services arrive.



Vomiting is also a part of other illness with fevers or caused by a viral "bug".

It will often last less than 24 hours.

Most importantly is keeping sipping fluids to keep well hydrated.

It is best to stop solids/milk for the first 24 hours.

When symptoms ease introduce starchy foods (bread/potatoes/pasta).


Most cases of diarrhoea clear up after a few days without treatment.

In adults, it usually improves after two to four days. In children, it often lasts slightly longer, between five and seven days.

When to see your GP

In adults, diarrhoea that lasts more than a few weeks may be a sign of a more serious condition, such as bowel cancer, Crohn's disease or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

If you have persistent diarrhoea, you should visit your GP  The doctor can try to establish a cause. This is particularly important if you have blood or pus in your faeces.

If your baby or child has had six or more episodes of diarrhoea in the last 24 hours, you should take them to see your GP.


Preventing diarrhoea

To prevent diarrhoea caused by infection, you should take steps to prevent the infection spreading. For example, make sure you:

-wash your hands thoroughly after going to the toilet and before eating or     preparing food

-clean the toilet, including the handle and the seat, with disinfectant after each about of diarrhoea

-avoid sharing towels, flannels, cutlery or utensils with other household members

-stay at home until at least 48 hours after the last episode of diarrhoea.

Common Cold

We all get a cold from time-to-time. There is no cure for the common cold.



  • fever
  • sore throat
  • earache
  • catarrh
  • cough
  • headaches



  • Rest
  • Fluids
  • Paracetamol, Ibuprofen, decongestants
  • Steam inhalation over a bowl or a hot shower


Fever is part of many minor illnesses.


Please follow the following advice:

  • Drink plenty of fluids, nothing to worry if the patient does not eat for a few days.
  • Reduce temperature by striping off clothing and ensure room is cool.
  • Regularly give Paracetamol or Ibuprofen at the right dose for the patient.
  • Sponge the patient with tepid warm water or take a cool bath.
  • If symptoms get  worse, seek medical attention.

Sore Throat

We all get a sore throat as port of a viral illness.


Please consider the following:

  • These are usually caused by viruses which do not require antibiotics.
  • They often last up to three days.
  • The pain can be managed with Paracetamol or Ibuprofen, throat lozenges, ice cold drinks.


If you have difficulty swallowing or breathing due to a sore throat seek medical attention.



Ear pain is very common when children have viral illnesses.


Please consider the following:

  • Earache is usually managed with Paracetamol or Ibuprofen
  • Usually the sufferer is well apart from other cold symptoms


If there is high fever, vomiting, crying or discharge from the ear this may indicate an ear infection, seek medical attention.

Insect Bites

By their nature insect bites are usually followed by redness, heat and itching.  As a general rule an insect bite will take quite a few days to a week to get infected.


The initial redness, irritation can often be successfully treated with anti-histamines and topical steroids ask your community pharmacist for advice

Choose Well website which provides useful information about the various NHS services provided in our local area. It helps you to decide whether a GP appointment is the most appropriate way to access the NHS care you need.

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