Self-care SHORTCUT

This is a self-referral/self-help advice page for your condition

Your condition is best managed by trying self-care in the first instance

Information on this service


We recommend visiting NHS.UK to look up your condition first and follow the official advice there. If that doesn't help, then use our symptom checker or help page to tell you who you need to see (use the search function on each page).

If you have time, please browse the links below, which include common conditions and leaflets written by our doctors, as well as other very useful sites, leaflets and information posters so that you can start to help yourself.

Does this service accept self-referral?

Self-referral is not applicable

How do I get to this service?

Visit the links above, download information leaflets below, or use the official NHS conditions A-Z guide .

We encourage patients to make up a home remedies box for self-care treatment at home.

Make a home remedies box

We recommend that all households make up a 'home remedies' box to help with minor ailments. Do check that you are not allergic to any of these remedies before using

You do not need authorisation from a GP to make up your own home remedies box - by its very nature, a home remedies box is for your own home and part of self-care

  • Paracetamol
    For fever and pain, obtain this in various formulations for different members of the family, e.g., tablets, suspension, melts
  • Anti-inflammatory pain killer (NSAIDs)
    For aches and pain, e.g., joints, periods pains, muscle aches. Ibuprofen is a common one
  • Anti-histamines
    For allergies, hives (urticaria), itch. Common ones are piriton and clarityn
  • Antacids
    To help ease indigestion and heartburn. Seek advice if you need to take antacids regularly without a formal diagnosis
  • Creams
    A mild cortisone cream like hydrocortisone can help reduce inflammation caused by insect bites and eczema. Antiseptic creams can help reduce the risk of minor scrapes, cuts and bites becoming infected
  • Dressings
    A simple first aid kit with some plasters, basic dressings, scissors, tweezers (for removing stings and foreign bodies like splinters), is always useful.

How do I find this page in future?

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Are there any other services I can refer myself to?

Please see our index of services you can self-refer to or type the shortcut or

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