Winter is coming…. (things you can do for yourself)

WINTER IS COMING………

Winter is coming and we can’t get away from the cold weather and the inevitable bugs that come with it. However, there are things which you can do to help us to help you over the winter months.  Winter illnesses such as colds and coughs, sore throats, and upset stomachs can easily be treated at home with medicines available at low cost from your local pharmacy – no GP appointment or prescription required.

Winter medicine cabinet essentials include:

  1. pain relief (paracetamol)
  2. cough and sore throat remedies
  3. first aid kit
  4. upset stomach treatment
  5. rehydration treatment
  6. heartburn and indigestion treatment

So, rather than booking an appointment with a GP,

  • Stock up on these things for your medicines cabinet. 
    Having these winter essentials at hand will not only save you time and help you to feel better quicker, but help save the NHS much needed resources.
  • Use your local pharmacist for advice.
    Your local pharmacist can also offer you advice and guidance on the best treatment for you – no appointment needed.  Pharmacists are available on every high street and in supermarkets with many open evenings and weekends.  Find a pharmacy near you by visiting the NHS website
  • Call NHS 111 by simpling ringing 111.
    NHS 111 is much more than a helpline – if you’re worried about an urgent medical concern, you can call 111 to speak to a fully trained adviser.
    Depending on the situation, the NHS 111 team can connect you to a nurse, emergency dentist or even a GP, and can arrange face-to-face appointments if they think you need one.
    NHS 111 advisers can also assess if you need an ambulance and send one immediately.

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