UNNECESSARY
GP VISITS

Every year, 50 million visits to the GP are made for minor ailments like coughs and colds, mild eczema and athlete’s foot.

MAKING IT
MORE DIFFICULT

This makes it harder to get a doctor’s appointment when we really need one. The UK government has produced a number of advertising campaigns over the last few years to persuade all of us to self-treat responsibly.

VISIT THE PHARMACY

By visiting the pharmacy instead, we can avoid having to book and wait for an appointment. A pharmacy is only a short journey away for almost all the UK population and unlike GP surgeries, are open at weekends and often in the evening as well. All we have to do is walk in and ask for advice.

TRUST THE
PHARMACIST

As well as being experts on medicines and in filling prescriptions, pharmacists can also recognise most common health complaints, give advice and recommend remedies to clear up the problem. If the problem is more serious and needs the attention of your GP, the pharmacist will recognise this and advise that you see your GP instead.

THE PHARMACIST
CAN HELP WITH

  • Minor cuts & bruises
  • Constipation & piles
  • Hayfever & allergies
  • Indigestion & diarrhoea
  • Nappy rash & teething
  • Skin conditions such as mild eczema
  • Coughs, colds, sore throats & nasal congestion
  • Headache, earache, back pain & other aches & pains
  • Period pain & thrush

YOU SHOULD GO
TO THE GP WITH

    • Wound & dressing care
    • Muscle & joint injuries including strains & sprains
    • Minor lacerations & cuts
    • Infected wounds

YOU SHOULD GO TO A&E WITH

  • Head injuries or loss of consciousness
  • Cuts that require¬†stitches
  • Foreign bodies
  • Overdose or poisoning
  • Suspected broken bones or heavy blood loss
  • Persistent chest pain or heavy bleeding

Self treatment features

Care Allergy Defence

Care Co-Lactase

Care ViraSoothe

The Little Book of Care

Care Self -Treatment - Self-Treatment Videos

Self-Treatment Videos

Care Self -Treatment - Treating Minor Ailments

Self-Treating Minor Ailments

Care Information Leaflets

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