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Self care

There are also a number of webinars you can access to help with your condition, you can access these through patient webinars.

Mindline extended hours for mental health support

To help with people’s anxiety and worries.  Mindline is the front door for corona virus anxiety and worry but also for emerging and on-going mental health problems and is now a 24/7 service. They can be reached on 01823 276 892.


A digital solution to help deal with your COPD . More information is available at my COPD.

Minor ailments

Did you know that 10 of the most minor ailments seen by GPs can also be treated by you at home?

By treating yourself at home you could save a trip to the surgery and free up time for the GPs to see patients with more serious health problems.Read about some of the most effective home treatments on the NHS website for:

  • back pain
  • dermatitis
  • heartburn and indigestion
  • nasal congestion (blocked nose)
  • constipation
  • migraines
  • coughs
  • acne
  • sprains and strains
  • headaches

Visit the NHS website for more information.


Each year 25 per cent of the population visit their GP for a respiratory tract infection (eg 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.
  • ear infections typically last 4 days. 89% of cases clear up on their own
  • a sore throat typically lasts 7 days. 40% of cases clear up after 3 days and 90 per cent after 7 days without antibiotics
  • sinusitis typically lasts 17 days. 80% clear up in 14 days without antibiotics
  • cough or bronchitis typically lasts 21 days. Antibiotics reduce symptoms by only 1 day

Antibiotics only work for infections caused by bacteria.

Taking unnecessary antibiotics for viral infections should be avoided because they may not be effective next time you have a bacterial infection.

Patients with long-term conditions such as asthma, diabetes and COPD are eligible for flu and pneumococcal vaccinations. Ask at reception for more information.

Medicine cabinet

You can treat many minor ailments such as colds, coughs and indigestion by keeping a well-stocked medicine cabinet at home.

We suggest you keep the following:

  • Pulse Oxymeter Adult Pulse oximetry Monitoring Covid-19 Diary – YouTube
  • Blood Pressure Monitor
  • paracetamol and aspirin (children under 16 and people with asthma should not take aspirin)
  • mild laxatives
  • anti-diarrhoeal medicines
  • rehydration mixture
  • indigestion remedy (for example, antacids)
  • travel sickness tablets
  • sunscreen – SPF15 or higher
  • sunburn treatment (for example, calamine)
  • tweezers and sharp scissors
  • a thermometer
  • a selection of plasters, non-absorbent cotton wool, elastic bandages and dressings


  • keep the medicine chest in a secure, locked place out of reach of small children
  • always read the instructions and use the suggested 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

Other NHS services

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

You can ask your local pharmacist about lots of health issues, including when to visit your GP. And there’s no need for an appointment.