“We support Calderdale CCG’s campaign to reduce GP prescribing of over the counter medicines such as paracetamol and ibuprofen for short term or acute conditions. These medicines are readily available to buy cheaply from pharmacies and supermarkets or alternatively by accessing the minor ailments scheme at some local pharmacies.”
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Is your medicine cabinet stocked up?
If the contents of your medicine cabinet or first-aid kit amount to nothing more than a tube of out-of-date insect repellent, then it’s time to stock up! Did you realise that many illnesses such as coughs and colds cannot be treated with antibiotics? There’s no need to bother your GP. Instead you can treat yourself successfully and safely at home with self care.
You never know when you might fall ill, so it’s always best to keep a range of everyday medicines at home just in case. Make sure you have remedies for colds and sniffles, such as painkillers like paracetamol and ibuprofen, as well as cough linctus and lozenges and sprays for sore throats. Your local pharmacist will be able to advise you on the best remedies. You can read all about treating winter colds on the new website.
Use your pharmacist
Don’t forget: Your pharmacist is a great source of advice and help when you are feeling unwell – and you don’t even have to make an appointment. Find out when your local pharmacy is open and keep a note of the times. Check out the website http://www.nhsstaywell.org/to see the services your pharmacist offers.
Check your symptoms
The new website will also help you check your symptoms if you do begin to feel unwell. The NHS Symptoms Checker is simple and quick to use and will enable you to diagnose and recognise your problem. You can also use it for a family member or friend, and it will tell you what kind of treatment you may need.
Where and when to get help
Self-care is the perfect solution for many minor ailments but if you need medical help fast, there are lots of solutions. You can call your GP surgery. Outside of normal surgery hours you’ll be directed to the out-of-hours service. You can also call NHS 111, available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and for minor injuries there are MIUs (Minor Injuries Units) or Walk-In centres. The new site also has advice about dental emergencies.
A&E is for real emergencies
Did you know every year millions of people go to A&E when they don’t need to? Make sure your visit is really necessary or you could either face a lengthy wait or stop someone who really needs the service from being seen. Head to the website http://www.nhsstaywell.org/ for help and advice about what to do when feeling unwell or in an emergency.
There’s no need to worry about the winter months if you wrap up warm and are prepared. And the http://www.nhsstaywell.org/campaign will help you enjoy them. Keep dropping by to see new information and advice being added and updated. Make sure this website is your new winter friend