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To get the right help quickly, we encourage all patients to check the resources below before ringing us.

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The usual advice regarding medical emergencies still applies i.e., ring 999 if you have a suspected stroke, suspected heart attack, suspected meningitis, uncontrolled bleeding etc.

If the symptom checker directs you to come and see us, please note that all face-to-face contact at the GP surgery is suspended.

Likewise, routine appointments and referrals in other NHS organisations are on hold, so if the symptom checker directs you to another organisation, you are advised to call them first to see what arrangements they have about assessing you.

We recommend that you DO NOT attend any NHS organisation unannounced and without calling first, unless you have been advised to. This is for your safety and the safety of others.

Of course, you may still ring us if absolutely necessary or if your symptom/condition is indicated with a red flag, e.g., as in suspected cancer.

We strongly encourage use of online self-care and help services during this very difficult time for everyone.


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. SHOW

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 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 above.


Please read our Get the Right Help leaflet , or the official self-care guide . These are recommended starting points to getting the best from NHS services

Do you want to go straight in with the search function below, or read the blurb?

What is this symptom checker?

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It is an alphabetical list of symptoms, problems and conditions This page does not make any diagnosis or recommend any particular therapy

It tells you who you can turn to based on what symptom you think you have Based on your symptom, it will tell you who to contact first

This page does not replace the advice of a dedicated health professional This page does not give comprehensive advice

You can use this symptom checker if:

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You have a fair idea what your symptom or problem might be You know what problem you have and can identify it in the page below

You are capable of seeking appropriate help You have no problem ringing round or travelling elsewhere for help

You are happy to follow simple advice You can follow advice and are happy to be redirected to another service if your symptom suggests you need another professional

This symptom checker may be unsuitable to use if:

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You are not sure what is wrong with you or what your symptom is called Contact your doctor, pharmacist or call NHS 111 for further advice

The patient is very young, e.g., baby less than 3 months old Contact your doctor or call NHS 111 for further advice

The patient is very old or confused Contact your doctor or call NHS 111 for further advice

How do I use this symptom checker?

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Scroll down the page to see the list of A-Z symptoms or use the search function Check the rest of this page for more

To use the search function, see immediately below If you don't want to find your symptom manually enter it into the search field below and click 'search'

red flag symptom means your symptom may be more serious - seek advice soon You should always seek help from the appropriate service at the earliest opportunity

Where else can I get help?

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Get help by self-referring yourself to the right professional Visit our help page

Access lots of resources so that you can be more self-care aware Visit our self-care page

Get contact details of other professionals who can help you Visit our contacts page


This symptom checker comprising entire contents of this page and resulting outputs on other pages is © Dr M Wong 2020 and may not be reproduced in any form without permission.

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