Old Station Surgery

01873 859000

Self Help

As well as our practice, there are many other local NHS services you can contact for health advice, information or treatment.

Before you do, remember that you can treat many minor ailments such as colds, coughs and indigestion by keeping a well-stocked medicine cabinet at home.

We suggest you keep the following:

  • Paracetamol and aspirin (children under 16 and people with asthma should not take aspirin)
  • Mild laxatives
  • Anti-diarrhoeal medicines
  • Rehydration mixture
  • Indigestion remedy (for example, antacids)
  • Travel sickness tablets
  • Sunscreen – SPF15 or higher
  • Sunburn treatment (for example, calamine)
  • Tweezers and sharp scissors
  • A thermometer
  • A selection of plasters, non-absorbent cotton wool, elastic bandages and dressings

Remember:

  • Keep the medicine chest in a secure, locked place out of reach of small children
  • Always read the instructions and use the suggested dose
  • Watch expiry dates – don’t keep or use medicines past their sell-by date
  • Take all unwanted and out-of-date medicines back to the pharmacy

Your Local Pharmacist can also offer advice on minor health concerns and provide some over the counter and prescription medicines free of charge.

You dont need an appointment and they can refer you to another NHS service if they feel it is needed.

Some of the ‘Common Ailments’ your pharmacist can help with are:

  • acne
  • athletes foot
  • back pain (acute
  • chicken pox
  • cold sores
  • colic
  • conjunctivitis
  • constipation
  • dermatitis
  • diarrhoea
  • dry eyes
  • haemorrhoids
  • hay fever
  • head lice
  • indigestion
  • ingrowing toenails
  • intertrigo
  • mouth ulcers
  • nappy rash
  • oral thrush
  • ringworm
  • scabies
  • sore throat
  • teething
  • threadworms
  • vaginal thrush
  • verruca