Did you know that 10 of the most minor ailments seen by GPs can also be treated by you at home?
By treating yourself at home you could save a trip to the surgery and free up time for the GPs to see patients with more serious health problems.
Read about some of the most effective home treatments on the NHS website for:
- Back pain
- Heartburn and indigestion
- Nasal congestion (blocked nose)
- Sprains and strains
Each year 25% of the population visit their GP for a respiratory tract infection (eg sinus, throat or chest infection). These are usually caused by viruses.
For patients who are otherwise healthy, antibiotics are not necessary for viral infections.
These infections will normally clear up by looking after yourself at home with rest, plenty of fluids and paracetamol.
Ear infections typically last 4 days
89% of cases clear up on their own
A sore throat typically lasts 7 days
40% of cases clear up after 3 days and 90% after 7 days without antibiotics
Sinusitis typically lasts 17 days
80% clear up in 14 days without antibiotics
Cough/bronchitis typically lasts 21 days
Antibiotics reduce symptoms by only 1 day
Antibiotics only work for infections caused by bacteria.
Taking unnecessary antibiotics for viral infections should be avoided because they may not be effective next time you have a bacterial infection.
Patients with long-term conditions such as asthma, diabetes and COPD are eligible for flu and pneumococcal vaccinations. Ask at reception for more information.
You can treat many minor ailments such as colds, coughs and indigestion by keeping a well-stocked medicine cabinet at home.
We suggest you keep the following:
- Paracetamol and aspirin (children under 16 and people with asthma should not take aspirin)
- Mild laxatives
- Anti-diarrhoeal medicines
- Rehydration mixture
- Indigestion remedy (for example, antacids)
- Travel sickness tablets
- Sunscreen – SPF15 or higher
- Sunburn treatment (for example, calamine)
- Tweezers and sharp scissors
- A thermometer
- A selection of plasters, non-absorbent cotton wool, elastic bandages and dressings
- Keep the medicine chest in a secure, locked place out of reach of small children
- Always read the instructions and use the suggested dose
- Watch expiry dates – don’t keep or use medicines past their sell-by date
- Take all unwanted and out-of-date medicines back to the pharmacy
Self-referring to Physiotherapy
You can now self-refer for the Musculoskeletal Therapy Services (MSK) for physiotherapy appointments, with no requirement to see your GP first, unless any of the following apply:
* Existing diagnosis of Cancer
* Severe Low Back Pain with night sweats, fever, sickness
* Unexplained weight loss
* Severe constant night pain
* Severe pain with history of fatigue
* Hot or swollen joints
* Generally unwell
Simply complete the online referral form here
Self-referring to Health in Mind
Health in Mind are delighted to launch a new online self referral function onto their website. Enabling you to access support directly without having to first have an appointment with your local GP or other health professional.
Who can refer?
We provide courses and therapies to people who are registered with a GP in East Sussex (excluding Brighton and Hove), are over 18 and struggling with stress, anxiety and or low mood.
The self referral form has been designed to be easy to understand and gather all the information we need to arrange your first appointment.
Once complete, your referral will be live on our clinical system and means we’ll be able to provide you with a response and the help you need sooner.
Once you have completed the referral, a member of the Health in Mind team will contact you.
Please note we are not a priority service and may take up to 20 working days to get in touch. If you need urgent support please use the numbers here.
Other NHS services
As well as our practice, there are many other local NHS services you can contact for health advice, information or treatment.
You can ask your local pharmacist about lots of health issues, including when to visit your GP. And there’s no need for an appointment.