For most people, they are not serious health problem – you just want to know how to relieve it and you want a treatment that acts fast. You also want to know how long you’re going to suffer or what you should do if your symptoms change.

The good news is that self care, with our support, can help you manage most of these problems. It may mean you don’t have to spend time waiting to see your GP but can get on and start tackling your symptoms with our advice and possibly an over the counter medication.

Find out more about self care for common conditions

An organisation called the Self Care Forum has produced factsheets to help you take care of the most common ailments. These provide useful facts about your condition, what you can expect to happen, how to help yourself, when you should see a health professional and where to find out more information.

Click on the link for the Factsheet you need:

Did you know that one in five GP visits are for common conditions, such as backache, headache or cough?

Self care for common conditions can free up some of your GP’s time, making it easier to get an appointment when you have a more serious condition.

Have you registered (if eligible) with us for the NHS Minor Ailment Scheme?

This allows you to receive free treatment and advice for minor illnesses without having to make an appointment.

Once registered, if our pharmacist thinks you need over-the-counter medication, this can be supplied free of charge on the NHS, without having to see your doctor.

Visit our pharmacies and ask any member of staff for more details, or click here

For information on other common conditions, visit the NHS Inform or Patient UK websites.
If you are not sure about your symptoms, click here for the NHS 24 symptom checker where you can get advice on what to do next.

If you need more advice or you are unsure what the right thing for you to do is, ask our pharmacist for advice.