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Minor Illness

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.

A new Minor Ailment Scheme has been introduced. If you do not usually pay for your prescriptions you do not need to see a doctor just to get a prescription

If you have one of the following conditions a Community Pharmacist can assess you and provide you with the right medication for NO COST.

Athletes foot, Blocked nose, Cold, Cough, Earache, Hay Fever, Headache, Sore Throat, Threadworms, Thrush, Teething (children under 3 months).

You will receive the right medication sooner and your doctor will be free to see patients with more urgent problems.

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.

Your Local Pharmacist
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.

NHS Walk-In Centres
NHS Walk-In Centres offer convenient access to a range of NHS services. You can receive treatment for many ailments including:

» infection and rashes
» fractures and lacerations
» emergency contraception and advice
» stomach upsets
» cuts and bruises or
» burns and sprains

Not everyone gets all of these symptoms.

Accident & Emergency (A&E)
A&E departments assess and treat patients who have serious injuries or illnesses. You should visit A&E or call 999 for emergencies, such as:

» Loss of consciousness
» Pain that is not relieved by simple analgesia
» Acute confused state
» Persistent, Severe Chest Pain or
» Breathing Difficulties

If you're injured or seriously ill, you should attend A&E. If an ambulance is needed you can call 999, A&E departments offer access 365 days a year. Be aware that not all hospitals have an A&E department.

Acute diarrhoea is usually caused by a viral or bacterial infection and affects everyone from time to time. A common cause in both children and adults is gastroenteritis, an infection of the bowel.

Bouts of diarrhoea in adults may also be brought on by anxiety or drinking too much coffee or alcohol. Diarrhoea can also be a side effect of a medication

NHS Choices
Symptoms, causes, treatment and information

Macmillan Cancer Support
Diarrhoea as a result of cancer treatments

First Aid
Information and guidance on living with COPD

Other Links
British Red Cross - First Aid Tips
St Johns Ambulance

Coughs & Colds
Treatment of a cold
For most people, a cold will get better on its own within a week of the symptoms starting without any specific treatment. However, there are treatments that can help to ease your symptoms and make you feel more comfortable. These are available from your pharmacy, which means that you can treat yourself, rather than needing to see your GP.

There is no cure for colds. Antibiotics, which treat infections caused by bacteria, don't work on cold viruses.

There are a number of self-help measures that may help to ease the symptoms of a cold.

» Drinking enough fluids to prevent dehydration.
» Steam inhalations with menthol, salt water nasal sprays or drops may be helpful.
» Vapour rubs may help relieve symptoms for children.
» Hot drinks, hot soups and spicy foods can help to ease irritation and pain in your throat.
» Sucking sweets or lozenges which contain menthol or eucalyptus may sooth your throat.
» Gargling with salt water may help a sore throat.

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Tel: 01274 721924

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Little Horton Lane Medical Centre
392 Little Horton Lane
Tel: 01274 721924

Opening Hours

Monday: 08.00 – 18.00
Tuesday: 08.00 – 18.00
Wednesday: 08.00 – 18.00
Thursday: 08.00 – 18.00
Friday: 08.00 – 18.00

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