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Self Help

coldWe are keen to help patients improve on self help and hope that the following information will offer some insight into that.

Take a look and see if you can improve your own understanding of your health and well-being! Please encourage others to look here too.

Here is a list of ailments that can be safely self managed. You will see that you can take a look via the hyperlink at the other websites which can offer you further information about managing your condition.

Vomiting Illness advice

Gastroenteritis is a common condition. The two main symptoms of gastroenteritis are diarrhoea and vomiting.

As gastroenteritis is highly infectious, it is important to take steps to prevent it spreading to other people. These include:

  • washing your hands thoroughly with soap and water or an antibacterial hand wash after going to the toilet and before eating or preparing food
  • cleaning the toilet, including the handle and the seat, with disinfectant after each bout of vomiting or diarrhoea.
  • not sharing towels, cutlery or utensils with other members of your household
  • Do not go to work, school or visit hospitals or other health care providers until you have been symptom free for 48 hours

There is usually no need to contact your GP if you have gastroenteritis. In most cases it goes away without treatment but it is important to make sure you drink plenty of fluids to reduce your risk of dehydration. If you need general advice please call 111. 

However, you should arrange a telephone call with a GP if you:  

  • have been vomiting for longer than three days or have diarrhoea for more than a week
  • show signs of dehydration
  • have blood in your stools
  • have recently been abroad
  • have a weakened immune system caused by an underlying health condition or as a side effect of a medical treatment.

Common ailments that can be self managed :

Back pain

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Cold sores

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Common Cold

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Conjunctivitis

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Constipation

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Cough

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Diarrhoea

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Dysmenorrhoea (painful periods)

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Earache

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Haemorrhoids

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Hayfever

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Head lice

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Headache

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Heartburn & Indigestion

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Influenza

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Insect bites

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Migraine

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Nasal congestion

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Nappy rash

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Sore throat

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Sinusitis

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Sprains and strains

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Thrush

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Warts and Verrucas

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