Self Care

No-one wants to go the doctor when they don't have to and often when you are unwell there are lots of things you can do yourself to help.  It can be confusing however to know what to believe when looking at all the information available.  One source of trustworthy information is NHS Choices which you can access by pressing on this button:



We aim to be another resource so please read the information below to get some tips on how to look after yourself at home.  

Remember if you have any doubts about what to do phone us or 111.


Pharmacy First - Help Us, Help You

  • With the NHS under increasing pressure, particularly GP practices and Accident and Emergency Departments it is important to think whether there are other places to get health advice from first.

  • Community pharmacists offer a convenient and often quicker way to obtain clinical advice for minor illnesses and can consult with patients in a confidential consultation room with no need for an appointment

  • Community pharmacists are qualified healthcare professionals who can offer clinical advice and over-the-counter medicines to effectively and safely manage a range of minor health concerns such as coughs, colds, sore throats, itchy eyes, earaches, tummy troubles, aches and pains and many more.

  • Because pharmacists are healthcare experts if symptoms suggest a more serious cause they have the right clinical training to ensure people get the help they need.  

  • By following the help of expert community pharmacists, you can help the NHS help you to stay well, prevent an illness getting worse, take the best course of action, and get well sooner.

  • There are multiple Community Pharmacies within the Middlewood area.  If you are not sure please press below:

  • Take the drama out of minor illnesses - for expert advice consult your pharmacist.  


NHS 111

NHS 111 will help you without needing to contact your GP surgery if:

  • You need health information or reassurance

  • You need medical help but it is not a 999 emergency

  • You think you need to go A+E or need another NHS servcie

  • You aren't sure whether you need to phone your GP

  • Your GP is closed such as in the evening or weekend

  • You have a dental issue and can't get into your dentist


As well as their phone assistance NHS 111 has recently introduced their online service which you can access below, you can also use the NHS app.

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Catch or the Common Approach to Children's Health is a free NHS health app for parents and carers of children from pregnancy to age 5.

It has been developed locally to give trusted advice regarding pregnancy and children's health.  

It can be difficult to know who to trust but CATCH provides local NHS-approved information with your best information at heart, so you won't need to look elsewhere.

More information is available on the website:

Advice on Individual Conditions

Please click on our wall of conditions below to find out how to help yourself and when you may need to seek the advice of healthcare professionals.



Common Cold/flu



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