Minor Illness


Apply plenty of cold water to the burnt area as soon as possible and continue until the pain eases. Apply a loose dry dressing if the skin is unbroken or blistered. If the burn is larger than about 4 inches in diameter or if the skin is broken consult your Doctor.


Colds are caused by a virus and are not helped by antibiotics. The symptoms can be eased by taking aspirin (not for children under 16) or paracetamol.


The most important treatment for earache is pain relief and paracetamol should be given. If symptoms persist please make an appointment to see your Doctor.

High Temperatures

High temperatures occur with infections. In children it is important to stop the temperature rising too quickly. This can be done with paracetamol syrup e.g. (Calpol, Disprol) which can be bought from the chemist. Gently sponging with tepid water and wearing a minimum amount of clothing will help. If the temperature does not come down or if you are worried then please bring the child to the Surgery.

Sore Throats

Sore throats are usually caused by viruses. Adults and children over 16 will find gargling with soluble aspirin helpful. Children under 16 should be given paracetamol syrup. If a sore throat persists for more than 4 to 5 days or if the patient is generally unwell then please consult your Doctor.

Folic Acid

Women planning to conceive should take a folic acid supplement (0.4mg/day) available from the chemist) and continue this for the first 3 months of pregnancy.

How long do I keep my child off school or nursery?

A useful document that outlines how long you should exclude your child from school or nursery, click here.