Minor Illness and Self Care

Every year, millions of us visit our GP with minor health problems that can be easily resolved without a doctor’s appointment.

It is estimated that every year, 50 million visits to the GP are made for minor ailments such as coughs and colds, mild eczema, and athlete’s foot. By visiting your pharmacy instead, you could save yourself time and trouble.


Keeping a well-stocked medicine cabinet at home can help you treat many minor ailments. Colds, coughs, indigestion and many other minor complaints can all be treated with medicines that are available over the counter.

Your pharmacist can advise on what you might find useful to keep in your medicine cabinet. Always follow the instructions on the medicine label and consult your doctor if the illness continues or becomes more severe.

  1. Low Back Pain
  2. Eczema
  3. Heartburn and indigestion
  4. Fever in children
  5. Constipation
  6. Headache and migraine
  7. Coughs
  8. Acne
  9. Sprains and strains
  10. Sore throat
  11. Otitis media
  12. Common cold
  13. Sinusitis

Your Local Pharmacist

Pharmacists offer professional free health advice at any time – you don’t need an appointment. From coughs and colds to aches and pains, they can give you expert help on everyday illnesses. They can answer questions about prescribed and over-the-counter medicines. Your local Pharmacist can also advise on healthy eating.

Pharmacists can also advise on health eating, obesity and giving up smoking. Some pharmacists have private areas where you can talk in confidence. They may suggest you visit your GP for more serious symptoms. It is possible to purchase many medicines from the chemist without a prescription.

NHS 111 Service

By telephoning 111 for minor illness advice or an appointment you can now access the Same Day Service at Morecambe Health Centre. There you can receive treatment for many ailments including:

  • infection and rashes,
  • fractures and lacerations,
  • coughs,sore throats and colds
  • emergency contraception and advice,
  • stomach upsets,
  • cuts and bruises, or
  • burns and strains.

The Same Day Service runs alongside local GP and A&E services. The centre offer access to doctors as well as nurses. However, it is not designed for treating long-term conditions or immediately life-threatening problem. You will still need to see your GP or go to the A & E department for serious medical conditions but 111 will advise you on this when you call.

If you are seriously ill or injured and need an ambulance call 999

Westgate Minor illness Clinics

If you telephone the Practice with symptoms that fit into the table below you may be offered an appointment to see one of our Nurses in our Minor illness clinic:

Upper Respiratory Tract Skin
  • Cough
  • Sore Throat
  • Earache
  • Colds and Flu
  • Swollen Glands
  • Mumps
  • Sinusitis
  • Acute Asthma
  • Fever
  • Hay Fever
  • Rashes
  • Warts and Verrucas
  • Boils
  • Infected Wounds
  • Skin Infections
  • Ingrowing Toenail
  • Headlice
  • Insect Bites and Stings
  • Sunburn
Head, Neck and Back Pain Abdomen
  • Mouth Problems—not Dental
  • Headaches
  • Neck Pain
  • Back Pain
  • Sore Eyes
  • Styes
  • Diarrhoea
  • Vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Urinary Tract Infections
  • Cystitis
Injuries Women’s Health
  • Minor Injuries
  • Human/Animal Bites
  • Pill Checks
  • Missed Pills
  • Depo—Provera injections
  • Emergency Contraception
  • Delaying Periods