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Every year, millions of us visit our GP with minor health problems that can be easily resolved without a doctor's appointment.
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. By visiting your pharmacy instead, you could save yourself time and trouble.
Keeping a well stocked medicine cabinet at home can help you treat many minor ailments. Colds, coughs, indigestion and many other minor complaints can all be treated with medicines that are available over the counter.
Your pharmacist can advise on what you might find useful to keep in your medicine cabinet. Always follow the instructions on the medicine label and consult your doctor if the illness continues or becomes more severe.
Pharmacists offer professional free health advice at any time - you don't need an appointment. From coughs and colds to aches and pains, they can give you expert help on everyday illnesses. They can answer questions about prescribed and over-the-counter medicines. Your local Pharmacist can also advise on healthy eating.
Pharmacists can also advise on health eating, obesity and giving up smoking. Some pharmacists have private areas where you can talk in confidence. They may suggest you visit your GP for more serious symptoms. It is possible to purchase many medicines from the chemist without a prescription. Watch this short video on how you can get the most out of your local pharmacy
NHS Walk-In Centres offer convenient access to a range of NHS services. You can receive treatment for many ailments including:
NHS Walk In Centres treat around 3m patients a year and have proved to be a successful complementary service to traditional GP and A&E services. Some centres offer access to doctors as well as nurses. However, they are not designed for treating long-term conditions or immediately life-threatening problems.
Major A&E departments assess and treat patients who have serious injuries or illnesses. Generally, you should visit A&E or call 999 for emergencies, such as:
If you're injured or seriously ill, you should go, or be taken, to A&E. If an ambulance is needed you can call 999, the emergency phone number in the UK. You can also dial 112, which is the equivalent for the European Union.
Major A&E departments offer access 365 days a year and usually open 24 hours a day. Be aware that not all hospitals have an A&E department.
A cold is a mild viral infection of the nose, throat, sinuses and upper airways. It can cause nasal stuffiness, a runny nose, sneezing, a sore throat and a cough. Usually it's a self-limiting infection – this means it gets better by itself without the need for treatment.
On average, adults have two to four colds each year. School-age children have between three and eight colds, with some unlucky children having up to twelve a year.! Adults who come into contact with children, tend to get more colds because children usually carry more of the virus, for longer.
Most colds will result in a sore throat runny nose and cough. Sometimes they can cause sinus pain or earache as well. We will normally get better from a cold within a week whatever we do. Colds are caused by viruses and antibiotics don’t make any difference to what happens with a simple cold, but can occasionally cause other side effects and so we don’t prescribe them unless we are fairly sure they will help.
If you have a cough without a cold i.e. for no obvious reason, and it is not improving after 3 weeks please contact us for advice .
If you cough up blood or blood-stained mucus for no obvious reason please contact us as soon as possible
What may be helpful:
Paracetamol or Ibuprofen can help relieve sore throat, sinus pain,,headaches and earache all of which may accompany a cold. Your local pharmacist can offer advice in this regard too
Cough medicines : there is no evidence cough medicines make much difference, although some people find they sooth a tickly throat or cough. Your local pharmacist can offer advice in this regard too.If you are diabetic be sure to ask about sugar- free preparations
Decongestant nasal sprays or medicines provide relief for some people, again discuss this with your local pharmacist if you wish
Gentle activity outdoors may help you feel better, but strenuous exercise shouldn’t be undertaken if you are feverish or have significant chest symptoms.
If after 4-5 days you feel you are getting worse, or if after starting to get better you then get worse, it would be a good idea to ring us for advice
If you have a chest condition such as Asthma or Chronic Obstructive Airways Disease (COAD or COPD) and the cold makes your symptoms worse please ring for an appointment or use your self management plan if you have one.
Colds & Flu A factsheet on the causes, symptoms, treatment & prevention of colds & the flu
NHS Choices - is it the common cold or the flu? Colds and flu can share some of the same symptoms (sneezing, coughing, sore throat) but are caused by different viruses, and flu can be much more serious. Find out
Factsheet - Common ColdInformation about the diagnosis, treatment and symptoms of the common cold
Most sore throats are caused by viruses and should get better themselves within 5-7 days Antibiotics won’t make any difference,when the soreness is caused by a virus.
Taking regular Paracetamol or Ibuprofen will ease the pain. Some people find throat lozenges helpful too
Tonsillitis is a much less common cause for a sore throat which may be helped by antibiotics
Symptoms which make Tonsillitis more likely are as follows: No “cold” symptoms accompanying the sore throat. (Ordinary colds often start with a sore throat) Swollen tender “glands” near the throat just below the ears. The presence of white spots visible on the tonsils. People with bacterial tonsillitis will also be shivery or feverish.
Glandular Fever (also know as Infectious Mononucleosis) is a throat infection caused by a particular type of virus.
It often causes symptoms very similar to Tonsillitis, but doesn't respond to antibiotics.It can sometimes take longer to recover from glandular fever than from other causes of throat infections.There is a blood test available to detect Glandular Fever but finding out you have had Glandular Fever doen't usually affect the treatment.
Sometimes the spleen becomes enlarged during and after Glandular fever.The spleen normally settles down to its normal size after about three weeks. However, one study found that in 3 out of 19 people it took eight weeks .Therefore, if you want to avoid the risk of injuring your spleen, you should not play rough or contact sports such as rugby for eight weeks after having glandular fever
Most people recover fully within 2 weeks and it is very unlikely you will catch the virus again
This advice applies to sudden onset diarrhoea the commonest cause of which is infection. If you suspect food poisoning please talk to us (although the actual treatment is often the same, we may need to inform Public Health)
Most episodes of infective diarrhoea will last less than a week and can safely be managed without consulting a doctor.
It is important to replace the extra fluid lost in the loose stools. Water is a simple and effective way to replace the lost fluids. Sachets containing salts and sugar which can be purchased at the chemist may speed up how fast the intestines repair themselves -disuss this with you local pharmacist.
The crampy stomach pain or mild fever which often accompanies diarrhoea can be treated with Paracetamol or Co-codamol over the counter preparations, if need be.(It may be better to avoid Ibuprofen in these circumstances). Anti-diarrhoeals eg loperamide, could be taken at night to try and ensure a more restful night but aren't recommended to be taken regularly during the day -they may delay how fast your body gets rid of the infection.
If you are taking blood pressure treatment such as Ramipril, Lisinopril, Enalapril, or Captopril (or other medication ending in “PRIL”) it may be best to stop or reduce them until your diarrhoea stops. Please contact us for advice
If there is blood or mucus in the diarrhoea again please contact us for advice
Occasionally diarrhoea can so bad it causes the sufferer to become de-hydrated. This is more likely to happen if the diarrhoea is accompanied by vomiting and in babies whose feeding is reduced or who have very frequent loose stools.
Signs of dehydration in children will include:
Babies will be unhappy and less active. Adults may suffer weakness, lightheadedness muscle cramps, dry tongue or sunken eyes, reduced skin elasticity reduced urination and urine dark coloured (in a baby reduced wet nappies)
Severe dehydration: severe weakness, confusion, pale skin, cold hands and feet
In practice (thankfully) dehydration occurs in only a very small percentage of cases of diarrhoea
If you suspect you or your child may be getting dehydrated or seems more ill than you would expect, please ring for advice as soon as possible,so that we can arrange to see them.
Other causes of longer lasting diarrhoea
NHS Choices Symptoms, causes, treatment and information
Macmillan Cancer Support Diarrhoea as a result of cancer treatments
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Burns - Explains the immediate treatment for burns and scalds.
Fits - How to deal with fits (convulsions/seizures) in adults and young children.
Wounds - Immediate actions for wounds, bleeding, and bleeding associated with fractures.
Unconscious patient who is breathing - How to deal with an unrousable patient who IS breathing (includes recovery position)
CPR for adults - Adults who have collapsed, unrousable and NOT breathing.
CPR for babies - Babies who are unrousable and NOT breathing.
Collapsed patient in detail - Explains the complete scenario including checks for breathing, circulation, etc.
These files have been prepared by Sussex Ambulance Service and comply with European Resuscitation Council Guidelines.
British Red Cross - First Aid Tips Simple, straightforward and easy to understand first aid tips
St Johns Ambulance St John Ambulance believes that everyone should learn at least the basic first aid techniques.
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