Self care

There is a wealth of information including a symptom checker on the NHS patient website.

This is a really good place to start with finding out more about your health concerns and possible next steps.

The Self Care Forum provides fact sheets on conditions listed below to help you know what’s ‘normal’ and what you can expect to happen if you suffer from any of these things. It also tells you when you should be concerned and when it’s best to seek medical advice from a health professional.

1. Low back pain

2. Eczema

3. Heartburn and indigestion

4. Fever in children

5. Constipation

6. Headache and migraine

7. Coughs

8. Acne

9. Sprains and strains

10. Sore throat

11. Otitis Media (ear infection)

12. Common cold

13. Sinusitis

14. Urinary symptoms in men

Ask 3 questions - self care campaign

We are supporting our regional self care campaign called 'ask three questions' promoting and supporting our patients to consider how they can make positive changes to improve their own health. For more information review the link below.

Ask 3 Questions

Your local pharmacist

Your local pharmacist is a valuable source of information and advice, and most pharmacies are open at least 6 days a week. Many medications can be purchased cheaply over the counter, and in doing so you get a fast service and often can avoid the wait and time required to attend an appointment at the surgery. If the pharmacist thinks that you need to see the GP or Practice Nurse about your problem then they will advise you. Many pharmacies now offer extra services like checking blood pressure, your weight, stop smoking advice and advice on your medication. You might be worried about the side effects that you have seen listed on your new medication - a pharmacist is a great person to ask for advice on this. 

Ear care

Advice on ear care, including how to syringe your own ears, is in our new Ear Care leaflet.

Advice about common illnesses in children

When Should I Worry leaflet for the guidance of parents and older children.

HANDi - Paediatric Specialist Advice app for Android or iPhone.

Well Aware is a free information and Advice web service . It can support you in accessing health and well being information the web address is:

For those of you with no access to a computer, the service is also available by ringing a freephone number: 0808 808 5252