There are lots of things you can do at home to help manage your symptoms for minor ailments, like colds and coughs.

By treating yourself at home, you could save a trip to the surgery and make sure patients with serious health problems are seen by your GP first.

Self-care at home

You can find helpful tips and advice about some of the most effective home treatments for the following on the NHS website:

  • Acne
  • Back pain
  • Common cold
  • Constipation
  • Coughs
  • Dermatitis
  • Earache
  • Heartburn or indigestion
  • Headaches
  • Insect bites and stings
  • Migraines
  • Nasal congestion (blocked nose)
  • Sprains and strains.

If you are concerned about a medical issue and have tried the suggestions in the link above, then please book an appointment to see your GP. You can do this online by using our online system.

Contact your local pharmacist

Your local pharmacist will be able to help you with lots of health issues too. You’ll be able to ask them about your health concerns and when to visit your GP.

Support for mental health

If you, or someone you know, is struggling with their mental health, then there’s lots of support available. Visit our mental health page for more information about the support available in the local community.

Other NHS services

As well as the surgery, there are many other local NHS services you can contact for health advice, information or treatment.

You can find out more about the NHS services available in your local community. Visit our What support do I need? page for more information. You can also visit the NHS services near you page on the NHS website.