Self Help for Minor Illness
Common ailments can often be treated by yourself at home using medicines that are available over the counter from your local pharmacy (chemist shop) or supermarket. NHS Choices has advice on their web site or you can phone NHS 111. Your local pharmacist can also advise you on minor illnesses
More information about this policy can be found here
You can use the NHS Choices Self-Help Guide to get advice on many conditions, including how you can treat them at home and when to seek further help.
If the symptoms persist or worsen, or if you are at all unsure, please ring NHS 111 for advice.
Self referral for physiotherapy
If you are registered with a Brighton and Hove GP practice you can now self-refer into the physiotherapy department at the Royal Sussex County Hospital. The website also has lots of useful information on managing long term musculoskeletal disorders that require physiotherapy such as osteoarthritis, sprains / strains and pelvic floor problems.
Find a pharmacy
Pharmacists are qualified to offer advice on many common ailments. Search for your local pharmacy using your postcode on the NHS website: Service search.
Free medicines without a prescription
For many common conditions you can use the Minor Ailments Scheme to get certain medicines from a pharmacy without a prescription. If you get free prescriptions the medicines are free. Otherwise you pay the usual prescription charge or the normal selling price of the medicines, whichever is lower.
Advice on Self Care
The following documents have more advice on self care
INDEX - Self-Help Centre
- A-Z of health
- BMI Calculator
- Blood Pressure Calculator
- Choose Well - what service?
- Emergency Dental Treatment
- Healthy Lifestyle
- Mental Health
- Top Tips
- Drugs / Alcohol
- NHS Choices - Health Links
- Live Well - tips and support for healthy mind and body
- Self-Help for minor illness
- Stay Healthy