Get The Right Treatment
With the NHS nowadays, there are lots of choices. By making the right choice at the right time, you get the best possible treatment. Next time you or a family member are feeling unwell, and you are not sure what to do, use this handy checklist
Can you treat yourself at home?
A well-stocked medicine cabinet will help you treat many everyday illnesses at home. For example, a small supply of paracetamol or ibuprofen (available as syrup for children) and other remedies will help you treat common ailments such as coughs, colds and sore throats this winter.
Have you tried your pharmacist or chemist?
Pharmacists are qualified to give advice on common complaints, such as coughs, colds, flu, sore throats, aches and pains.
Have you called NHS Direct?
NHS Direct is a confidential 24-hour advice and health information service staffed by nurses and professional advisers. You can call NHS Direct on 0845 4647, any time, for immediate advice on what to do if you or a family member feels ill. NHS Direct also provides information on particular health conditions; self-help or support organisations; and local health services. They can also answer any questions about medicines and other issues, such as healthy eating and giving up smoking.
Your pharmacist can advise you when your symptoms are more serious and may suggest you visit your GP. For those whose preferred language is not English, there is the choice of a confidential translation service. For patients’ safety, all calls are recorded. Calls are charged at local rates.