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A guide to self care
No need to wait for a
doctor’s appointment,
you can go straight to
your local pharmacy.


Take care of
yourself and
your NHS will
take care of you

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Why self care?
Rather than visit their
GP, most people can
take care of themselves
when they have common
symptoms such as sore
throats, coughs etc. This
is called self care.

Pharmacists can help
you to look after
yourself. They can also
advise you on over the
counter medicines.

Medicines for self care
The following minor illnesses can be treated effectively
and safely using over the counter medicines.
Treatments for these conditions are no longer recommended
on prescription. You can speak to your pharmacist for advice.
■■ Aches and pains

■■ Athlete’s foot

■■ Cold sores

■■ Colic

■■ Constipation

■■ Coughs and colds

■■ Dandruff

■■ Diarrhoea

■■ Mild dry skin

■■ Ear wax

■■ Fungal nail infections

■■ Fungal skin infections -

If your symptoms carry
on longer than is normal
for a minor illness then
make an appointment at
your GP Practice.

■■ Conditions which require food
substitutes or supplementation ■■ Hayfever and allergies
without clear clinical need
■■ Head lice
■■ Headache and migraine
■■ Piles (haemorrhoids)
■■ Heartburn and indigestion
■■ Skin rashes including nappy
■■ Upset stomach

This leaflet explains the
benefits of self care and
how you can manage
non-urgent conditions
with help from your

■■ Other skin complaints including ■■ Sore throat
acne, sun protection, birthmarks,
facial hair, bruising, tattoos, ■■ Threadworm
■■ Conditions which require
vitamin, health supplements for
■■ Teething & toothache
prevention of deficiency
■■ Travel medicines including travel including complimentary
■■ Varicose veins

■■ Vaginal thrush

Benefits of self care
Expert advice to support you
Pharmacists can offer expert
advice on a wide range of
illnesses and you don’t need
to make an appointment. Your
consultation will be confidential
and discreet.
Save yourself time
There’s no need to wait for a GP
appointment - a lot of pharmacies
are open late and at the weekend.
Save your GP time
Choosing to self care can free up
more GP time so they can spend
more time with patients with more
complex conditions.
Save the NHS money
In 2015, practices across the
South Nottinghamshire area
(excluding Nottingham City), spent
£1,966,265 on prescribing over
the counter medicines. Many
of these items are low cost and
available from the pharmacist, and
some are even available from your
local shops and supermarkets.
The money spent on those
prescriptions, for minor illnesses,
could be spent on treating more
serious conditions or developing
life-saving treatments.

Doctor’s Notes


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