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Earache (4 days)
Sore throat (1 week)
Common cold (7-10 days)
Flu (2 weeks)
Runny/blocked nose (1 to 2.5 weeks)
Sinusitis (2 to 2.5 weeks)
Dry/tickly cough (3 weeks)

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The following is an alphabetical list of symptoms and conditions commonly encountered in General Practice, along with an appropriate first port of call. It is provided only as a simple aid to help patients find the right care. All patients are advised to read the important warning in the blue box below. If you are at all unsure about your diagnosis or condition or if the patient is very young, very old or very unwell, please contact your doctor, pharmacist or call NHS 111 for further advice.

Please note, the aim of this page is to help patients choose the correct service in the first place, in order to best treat their condition, however, on presenting yourself to a particular service, if it becomes apparent that you require another service, due to the nature of your condition or combination of symptoms, you will always be directed to the most appropriate service.

This page or the links to appropriate sources of help provided on subsequent pages are not considered to be a computer program, nor do the pages contain instructions or subroutines that have been programmed to generate particular outcomes depending on response or user input, and are therefore not classified as a medical device under revised Medical Device Directive 2007/47 EC. For the avoidance of all doubt, these pages are not intended to be used specifically for diagnostic and/or therapeutic purposes.

The information regarding various clinical conditions shown in various areas of our website and their related external links are provided for your convenience. The information shown is not intended to be a full and comprehensive guide to these conditions, nor is it intended to replace the advice of a dedicated health professional. If you are unsure about your medical condition, please contact your doctor, pharmacist or call NHS 111 or consider contacting other relevant organisations.

Injuries Unit
GP Surgery Pharmacy Self-care


Anaphylactic shock red flag symptom (severe allergy) 999
Bleeding from any sources, heavy or prolonged red flag symptom 999
Breathlessness, severe, or stopped breathing or colour change red flag symptom 999
Burns or scalds, severe red flag symptom 999
Chest pain, suspected heart attack red flag symptom 999
Choking red flag symptom 999
Drowning red flag symptom 999
Fits, seizure or uncontrollable shaking red flag symptom 999
Hypothermia red flag symptom (drop in body temperature) 999
Lacerations (knife wounds, cuts), deep red flag symptom 999
Meningitis, suspected red flag symptom 999
Paralysis (inability to move)red flag symptom 999
Stroke, suspected red flag symptom(sudden weakness of arms, legs or inability to speak properly) 999
Unconscious, or fluctuating levels of consciousness red flag symptom 999


Abdominal pain, severe, sudden red flag symptom A&E
Blindness, sudden, one or both eyes red flag symptom A&E (Eye Casualty)
Breathlessness, moderate to severe red flag symptom A&E
Broken bones red flag symptom A&E (or Minor Injuries Unit if minor)
Floppy (unresponsive), feverish baby red flag symptom Children's A&E
Head injury, with any symptoms red flag symptom (e.g., loss of consciousness, vomiting, drowsiness) A&E
Lethargic (drowsy), feverish child red flag symptom Children's A&E
Low blood sugar (hypo) not responding to sugar red flag symptom 999
Nose bleed, not stopping after 30 minutes red flag symptom A&E
Overdose of medication, poisoning, accidental or intentional red flag symptom A&E
Swallowed sharp or long object or button battery red flag symptom A&E
Injuries Unit
GP Surgery Pharmacy Self-care



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Abdominal pain GP
Abuse concerns, about a child or adult red flag symptom Social Services
Accidents Minor Injuries Unit
Acid reflux Pharmacy
Acne Pharmacy
Activity, goals, improving daily living Self-refer Occupational Therapist
Addiction Self-refer Addiction services
Adjustment disorders (stress related mental disorders) Self-refer Counselling
Admission avoidance Community Matron
Advice NHS 111
Agoraphobia Self-refer Counselling
Aids to help living at home Social Services, Care co-ordinator, Occupational Therapist
Alcohol problems Self-refer Addiction services
Allergies Pharmacy, GP
Anger management Self-refer Counselling
Antental care Midwife
Allergic reactions, localised Minor Injuries Unit
Anxiety (excessive worry), mild to moderate Self-refer Counselling
Arthitis Self-refer Physio Direct
Asthma Practice Nurse
Athlete's foot Pharmacy

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Baby and child growth and development Health Visitor
Back pain Self-refer Physio Direct
Bad breath Dentist
Bedwetting, child (enuresis) School Nurse
Behaviour problems in under 5s (sleeping, eating, potty-training, tantrums) Health Visitor
Behaviour problems in school-age children School Nurse
Belly button, weeping GP
Benefits help and advice Self-refer Citizens Advice, Social Services
Bereavement issues Self-refer Counselling
Bites, insect or animal Minor Injuries Unit
Bleeding from rectum (back passage) red flag symptom GP
Bleeding from vagina GP
Bleeding from vagina, after intercourse red flag symptom GP
Bleeding from vagina, after menopause red flag symptom GP
Blisters Minor Injuries Unit
Blood in urine, no symptoms of infection red flag symptom GP
Blood pressure measurement Practice Nurse
Blue badge (disabled badge) application Derbyshire County Council, Carers Support Worker
Bottle feeding issues Health Visitor
Breast feeding issues Health Visitor
Breast lumps red flag symptom GP
Bruising, unexplained red flag symptom GP
Bullying School Nurse
Bunion Self-refer Podiatry
Budgets, personal care Carers Support Worker
Burns or scalds, minor Minor Injuries Unit

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Care, co-ordinating, arranging, signposting, liaising, plans Care co-ordinator, Social Services, Carers Support Worker
Cat bites Minor Injuries Unit
Catarrh Self-care, Pharmacy
Catheter problems at home District Nurse
Change in bowel habit (especially if loose stools) red flag symptom GP
Chest infection (persistent fever, difficulty breathing, bloody sputum, very unwell) GP (otherwise Self-care or
Pharmacy if simple cough)
Chickenpox Self-care
Childhood conditions, allergies, infections Health Visitor, GP
Chiropody (podiatry) Self-refer Podiatry
Chronic (long-term) conditions Community Matron
Cold sores Pharmacy
Colic, baby Health Visitor
Common cold Self-care, Pharmacy
Complex cases Community Matron, GP
Conjunctivitis Pharmacy, Minor Injuries Unit
Constipation, adult, with no other symptoms Pharmacy
Constipation, child Health Visitor if under 5, School Nurse
Contraception, emergency Pharmacy
Contraception, general Practice Nurse
COPD (chronic bronchitis) Practice Nurse
Corns and callouses Self-refer Podiatry
Cough Self-care, Pharmacy
Cough, longer than 3-4 weeks red flag symptom GP
Coughing up blood red flag symptom GP
Counselling Self-refer Counselling
Crabs (pubic lice) Self-refer STD clinic
Cramps, leg Self-care
Crying baby Health Visitor, GP
Cystitis Pharmacy
Cuts, lacerations, minor Minor Injuries Unit

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Dandruff Self-care, Pharmacy
Deafness, adult (includes deafness on one side only red flag symptom, or sudden deafness red flag symptom) GP
Deafness, gradual, both sides, aged over 55 Self-refer Audiology Service
Deafness, children School Nurse, Health Visitor
Debt counselling, information Self-refer Citizens Advice
Delivery, problems after recent childbirth Midwife
Dental problems, of any sort Dentist
Dentist, need one, not registered NHS 111
Depression (low mood), mild to moderate Self-refer Counselling
Developmental screening School Nurse
Dermatitis Pharmacy
Diarrhoea and vomiting (stomach bug) Self-care, Pharmacy
Diarrhoea, at night-time, bloody or persistent red flag symptom GP
Difficulty swallowing red flag symptom GP
Disabled badge (blue badge) application Derbyshire County Council
Discharge from hospital review Care co-ordinator
Discrimination, workplace Self-refer Citizens Advice
Dizziness GP
Dog bites Minor Injuries Unit
Domestic violence Health Visitor, Social Services (but in an emergency, ring 999)
Dressings at home District Nurse
Dressings in surgery Practice Nurse
Drug abuse Self-refer Addiction services
Drug advice in children School Nurse

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Earache Pharmacy
Ear wax Pharmacy, GP
Eating disorders, mild to moderate Self-refer Counselling
Eczema Pharmacy
Eczema, infected or inflamed GP
Emergency contraception (morning after pill) Pharmacy
Emotional problems Self-refer Counselling
Employment advice Self-refer Citizens Advice
End of life care District Nurse
Enemas (for constipation) at home District Nurse
Erection problems GP
Eye infections Pharmacy, Minor Injuries Unit
Eye pain (with no foreign body) red flag symptom GP (Same day)

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Falls, accidental, with any injuries Minor Injuries Unit
Flu, or viral illness Self-care, Pharmacy
Family planning Practice Nurse, Family Planning Clinic
Feeding problems, under 5s Health Visitor
Fever, in child See High Temperature
Financial and debt problems Self-refer Citizens Advice
Flu Self-care
Food poisoning Self-care
Foreign bodies, in skin, ear, eye, nose Minor Injuries Unit
Frozen shoulder Self-refer Physio Direct
Function, assessing Self-refer Occupational Therapist
Fungal infections, including nail Pharmacy

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Gait problems Self-refer Physio Direct
Gastritis Pharmacy
Gastroenteritis Self-care
Genital warts Self-refer STD clinic
Grazes (abrasions) Self-care, Minor Injuries Unit
Gum disease or problems Dentist

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Hangover Self-care
Hay fever Pharmacy
Haemorrhoids, not bleeding Pharmacy
Hearing difficulty, gradual, both sides, aged over 55 Self-refer Audiology Service
Herpes, genital Self-refer STD clinic
Head injuries, minor (no loss of consciousness) Minor Injuries Unit
Headache Pharmacy (but see GP if persistent)
Headlice Pharmacy
Health anxiety Self-refer Counselling
Health checks Practice Nurse
Health education Community Matron, Health Visitor, School Nurse
Healthy eating Health Visitor
Heartburn Pharmacy
Help, signposting and referring Care co-ordinator
High blood sugar GP, Diabetic Specialist Nurse
Heparin injections at home District Nurse
High temperature in child, otherwise playing, attentive Pharmacy
High temperature in child, unwell red flag symptom GP (also see Does your child have a serious illness? and Fever in children)
Hives GP
Hoarseness, more than 3 weeks red flag symptom GP
Home support with children Health Visitor
Home visit See home visit pages and Community Matron
Hospital discharge care District Nurse, Care co-ordinator
Housing advice Self-refer Citizens Advice

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Immunisations in children School Nurse, Practice Nurse
Impetigo Pharmacy, GP
Impotence GP
Incontinence Self-refer Continence Service
Independence, maintaining Self-refer Occupational Therapist
Indigestion Pharmacy
Infected eczema GP
Ingrowing toenails Self-refer Podiatry
Injuries Minor Injuries Unit
Irritable bowel syndrome Pharmacy, GP
Itching Self-care, Pharmacy

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Jaundice (yellow skin) red flag symptom GP
Jaw joint pain Dentist
Joint pain Self-refer Physio Direct

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Kidney infection (e.g., loin pain, temperature, vomiting) GP
Knee pain Self-refer Physio Direct

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Lacerations, cuts, minor Minor Injuries Unit
Law and rights Self-refer Citizens Advice
Leg ulcers at home District Nurse
Long-term (chronic) conditions at home Community Matron
Loss of weight, unintentional red flag symptom GP
Low mood, mild to moderate Self-refer Counselling
Lumps, hard, irregular shape, fixed in position, increasing size red flag symptom GP

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Malaria, prevention for travel Practice Nurse
Migraine Pharmacy (but see GP if persistent or severe)
Mobility, poor Self-refer Physio Direct
Moles, changing in appearance red flag symptom GP
Mood problems Self-refer Counselling
'Morning after' pill Pharmacy
Motor vehicle accidents (RTAs) Minor Injuries Unit
Mouth ulcers Pharmacy
Mouth ulcers, lasting more than 3 weeks red flag symptom GP, Dentist
Muscle aches Self-refer Physio Direct
Muscle sprains and strains Minor Injuries Unit

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Nail care Self-refer Podiatry
Nasal congestion Pharmacy
Neck pain Self-refer Physio Direct
Night sweats red flag symptom GP
Nipple discharge or rashes on nipple red flag symptom GP
Nose bleeds, stopped Self-care (but for active bleeding that is not stopping, go to A&E)

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Obesity (excessive weight) Self-care
Obsessive-compulsive disorder, mild to moderate Self-refer Counselling

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Pain, at night, affecting sleep red flag symptom GP
Palliative care GP
Palpitations GP
Panic attacks Self-refer Counselling
Parenting support, family health, relationships (under 5 years) Health Visitor
Period problems GP
Phobias Self-refer Counselling
Piles, not bleeding Pharmacy
Pill Practice Nurse
Pins and needles Self-care, but see GP if persistent/recurring
Podiatry Self-refer Podiatry
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, mild to moderate Self-refer Counselling
Postnatal blues, depression, mental health worries after delivery Health Visitor
Postnatal care Midwife
Posture advice Self-refer Physio Direct
Pregnancy related symptoms Midwife, GP
Preschool issues Health Visitor

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Quinsy (pus filled swelling around tonsil) red flag symptom GP
Quitting smoking Self-refer Stop Smoking Service

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Rashes Minor Injuries Unit, GP
Rashes, non-blanching red flag symptom
GP (but if meningitis is suspected, ring 999 as above)
Rectal bleeding red flag symptom GP
Rehabilitation Self-refer Physio Direct or Occupational Therapist
Respite care Social Services, Carers Support Worker
Rib injuries Minor Injuries Unit
Ring pessaries Practice Nurse
Ringworm Pharmacy
Road traffic accidents (RTAs) Minor Injuries Unit
Runny nose Pharmacy

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Safeguarding concerns red flag symptom Social Services, School Nurse
Scabies Pharmacy
Sex education, safe sex School Nurse
Sexually transmitted diseases Self-refer STD clinic
Shingles GP (preferably same day)
Shoulder, frozen Self-refer Physio Direct
Shoulder injuries Self-refer Physio Direct
Sinusitis Pharmacy
Skin lesion, changing red flag symptom GP
Signposting and referring Care co-ordinator, School Nurse
Sleep disturbance Pharmacy
Smears Practice Nurse
Smoking advice Self-refer Stop Smoking Service, School Nurse
Social anxiety, shyness Self-refer Counselling
Social issues Social Services
Soft tissue injuries Self-refer Physio Direct
Soiling, child (encopresis) School Nurse
Sore throat Self-care, Pharmacy (but see GP if persistent sore throat lasting weeks)
Splinters Minor Injuries Unit
Sports injuries Self-refer Physio Direct
Sprains and strains Minor Injuries Unit
Stings Minor Injuries Unit
Stress Self-refer Counselling
Stye Pharmacy
Substance misuse Self-refer Addiction services
Suicide risk or risk of self-harm red flag symptom GP
Sunburn, adult Self-care, Pharmacy
Sunburn, child red flag symptom GP, Children's A&E
Swabs, vaginal Practice Nurse
Swallowing difficulty red flag symptom GP
Sweating, at night, with or without fever red flag symptom GP
Syringe drivers GP

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Tax problems Self-refer Citizens Advice
Teeth grinding Dentist
Teething Pharmacy, Health Visitor
Temperature, high in child See High Temperature
Tennis elbow Self-refer Physio Direct
Terminal care GP, District Nurse
Threadworms Pharmacy
Thrush Pharmacy
Tiredness, excessive, prolonged
and without obvious reason red flag symptom
GP (otherwise Self-care
if simple tiredness)
Toe nail problems Self-refer Podiatry
Tonsillitis Pharmacy
Tooth abscess Dentist
Toothache Dentist
Trauma, psychological Self-refer Counselling
Travel advice Practice Nurse (inform Reception first)

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Unable to pass urine at all red flag symptom GP
Ulcer (open sore), diabetic red flag symptom Practice Nurse (same day)
Unsure of what to do NHS 111
Urine infection (UTI), in men red flag symptom GP
Urine infection (UTI), uncomplicated, in women Pharmacy
Urticaria GP

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Vaccinations and advice Practice Nurse
Vaginal bleeding GP (but also see Bleeding from vagina above)
Vaginal infections, discharge, vaginosis, needing swabs Practice Nurse
Verruca Pharmacy
Vertigo GP
Viral illness Self-care
Visual problems (not blindness) red flag symptom Optician (same day)
Vomiting Pharmacy

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Walking aids Self-refer Mobility Service
Warts, genital Self-refer STD clinic
Warts, rest of body Pharmacy
Weaning issues Health Visitor
Weight loss, unintentional red flag symptom GP
Welfare rights Self-refer Citizens Advice,
Social Services
Wheelchair Self-refer Mobility Service
Wheezing GP
Whiplash Self-refer Physio Direct
Wind, flatulence Pharmacy
Work issues Self-refer Citizens Advice
Wound infections, minor Minor Injuries Unit
Wound and ulcer care District Nurse, Practice Nurse

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X-ray, think you might need one following injury Minor Injuries Unit

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Yellow fever vaccination Practice Nurse (inform Reception first)


ZZZ... ZZZ..., sleep problems Pharmacy
Injuries Unit
GP Surgery Pharmacy Self-care


The information on this page has been compiled using current referral criteria and accepted practice from various sources. It is considered correct at the time of writing (January 2015), but will be subject to continuous review. Please read the warnings at the top of the page. The contents of this page may not be reproduced without permission © Dr M Wong 2017.

This symptom checker comprising entire contents of this page and resulting outputs on other pages
is © Dr M Wong and may not be reproduced without permission.