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Self Care

Self care

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 Choices website for:
1.Back pain
3.Heartburn and indigestion
4.Nasal congestion (blocked nose)
9.Sprains and strains

Visit the NHS Choices website

Medicine cabinet

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•Take all unwanted and out-of-date medicines back to the pharmacy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 Referral for Oxfordshire Physio

Healthshare Oxfordshire provides musculoskeletal assessment and therapy services for NHS patients across Oxfordshire.

Musculoskeletal problems, also known as MSK, are joint, muscle, soft tissue injury or back pains that are not getting better on their own, or they are causing you to struggle to walk or use a part of your body.

You can refer yourself if you:

  • Have an MSK related issue/condition
  • are over 18
  • are registered with a GP in Oxfordshire
  • are not under the care of a hospital consultant for the same problem

To self-refer: Click 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.

Visit our Who should I see page for more information