01204 885 106

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01204 885 106

Our number for all branches
Minden, Tottington, Greenmount & Spring Lane

Self care advice and factsheets

Introduction

Did you know that some of the most common minor ailments seen by GPs can be managed at home?  Treating your minor ailment at home could be more convenient and will help to ensure appointments are available for our team to help patients with more urgent health concerns.

  • It’s important to have a well-stocked first aid kit in your home so you can deal with minor accidents and injuries.  Your first aid kit should be locked and kept in a cool, dry place out of the reach of children.  What you should have in your basic first aid kit.
  • Read about some of the most effective home treatments for a range of health concerns, and when to get medical advice by visiting the NHS website.

Advice for parents and carers of a child

The Healthier Together website contains lots of advice and information for parents and carers who might be concerned about their child’s symptoms, including tips for managing symptoms at home through self care, along with information about when you should seek medical advice.

Self care factsheets

The following factsheets from the charity Self Care Forum cover a range of health concerns and symptoms, including useful facts, self care advice to aid recovery and when you should seek medical advice.  Access all fact sheets in one place, or visit the individual fact sheets by topic, below:

Other NHS services

As well as our Practice, there are many other NHS services you can contact for health advice, information or treatment.

  • Pharmacists are experts in medicines who can help you with many minor health concerns and give treatment advice about a range of common conditions and minor injuries.  Many pharmacies are open until late and at weekends and you do not need an appointment.  Visit the NHS website for details about how your local pharmacy can help.
  • The NHS website is your complete guide to conditions, symptoms and treatments, including what to do and when to get help.
  • NHS 111 online or on the phone (dial 111) can help if you think you need medical help right now and you’re not sure what to do.
  • The Minor Eye Conditions Service provides assessment and treatment for people with recently occurring minor eye problems.

About antibiotics

Each year 25% of the population visit their GP for a respiratory tract infection (e.g. sinus, throat or chest infection). These are usually caused by viruses.

For patients who are otherwise healthy, antibiotics are not necessary for viral infections.  These infections will normally clear up by looking after yourself at home with rest, plenty of fluids and paracetamol. Taking unnecessary antibiotics for viral infections should be avoided because they may not be effective next time you have a bacterial infection.

  • Ear infections typically last 4 days and 89% of cases clear up on their own.
  • A sore throat typically lasts 7 days and 40% of cases clear up after 3 days and 90% after 7 days without antibiotics.
  • Sinusitis typically lasts 17 days and 80% clear up in 14 days without antibiotics.
  • Cough/bronchitis typically lasts 21 days, antibiotics reduce symptoms by only 1 day and only work for infections caused by bacteria.

Date published: 8th October, 2014
Date last updated: 24th August, 2023