Healthy living

We all have a responsibility to look after our own health and wellbeing and to use NHS services wisely. Here are a number of ways you can keep you and your friends and family safe and well.

Treat yourself better at home

A well-stocked medicine cabinet can help you and your family to get the best treatment as soon as possible. If you are unsure, or you have questions about what you can have at home to treat you and your family, visit your local pharmacist for free, effective advice and support. 

Ask a pharmacist

Pharmacists offer free expert advice on many health issues, support for self-care, and medicines to treat common complaints such as coughs and colds, flu, sore throats, earache, backache, stomach upsets and cuts and grazes. Many pharmacies also offer flu vaccinations, chlamydia testing, and advice and support on issues such as stopping smoking and healthy eating.

They are open throughout the week, and run an out-of-hours rota so that there are pharmacies open 24/7 across the local area. 

Need urgent dental treatment?

If you need urgent dental help and advice during normal surgery hours please contact your own Dentist or the Dental helpline on 0300 1000 899.

Help and advice over winter 

Most common winter ailments, such as colds, sore throat, cough, sinusitis or painful middle ear infection (earache) can’t be treated with antibiotics.

Common winter ailments can typically last for between one and three weeks - for example, a sore throat can last 1 week; a cold 1.5 weeks; and a cough 3 weeks.

Unsure how long your symptoms will last and when to get further medical advice? 

If you need advice, support or information about where you can get urgent medical help, call NHS 111. Available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, you can get advice or directions to the closest, most appropriate NHS service. The trained advisors can also connect you to the GP out-of-hours service.

Calls to 111 are free from landlines and mobile phones.

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