Sometimes minor illnesses can be treated quite safely and effectively at home, with the help of over the counter medicines and treatments from your local pharmacy. Often no actual treatment is needed and you can follow simple advice to make you feel better and treat the symptoms that might be causing you to feel unwell.
These conditions are often self limiting - that is they appear, run their course and go away! They do not need medical advice, examination or prescription medicines. If you learn to manage such conditions at home for you and your family, it leaves our doctor appointments available for more serious medical conditions that do need medical intervention.
We think it is important for patients to learn how to manage these conditions and we have put together a new advice booklet 'How to manage common illnesses at home' which we hope will give you the confidence to do this. The advice is the same as the doctors and nurses give to patients, it is safe and practical. Remember there are no miracle cures for common ailments and these ailments are normal in our daily lives - our doctors and all our staff suffer in the same way!
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Of course, if the condition lasts longer or you are seriously unwell, or it is your young child, or elderly family member please ring for further advice.
For children there is a really useful booklet called 'When should I worry?' which you can view by following the link www.whenshouldiworry.com