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

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Self-help guide

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 or contact us at the practice.

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

Advice on pain

Advice on Hayfever

Advice on Coughs and Colds

Advice on Piles

INDEX - Self-Help Centre

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