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Self Care and NHS Inform

For a speedy recovery, self care is the best option when you have a minor illness or injury. A well stocked medicine cabinet means you’ll receive the right treatment immediately.

Check your medicine cabinet

Make sure you have some over-the-counter (OTC) remedies for common seasonal illnesses in your medicine cabinet.

Things to have in your medicine cabinet include:

  • Paracetamol and ibuprofen for pain relief (check the label or speak to your pharmacist to check it’s suitable for you)
  • Anti-histamines to help allergies
  • Anti-diarrhoeals and oral rehydration sachets for diarrhoea
  • Indigestion remedies such as an antacid
  • Mild laxative for constipation
  • A first aid kit
  • Medicines specifically for children (your pharmacist can advise on the most suitable ones to keep in the house).

Remember that medicines go out of date, so don’t overstock your medicine cabinet. Always follow the advice on the pack, and if your symptoms continue (or are severe) get further advice by:

  • Calling your GP
  • Visiting your local Pharmacist
  • By visiting NHS Inform:
  • Calling NHS 24 on 111.

NHS inform

NHS inform is your national health information service. Visit for general NHS information, Sunday pharmacy opening times, and advice on a wide range of health issues.

If you’re well, but have a question about your health or local NHS services phone 0800 22 44 88. You can call or web chat for instant advice.

Opening Hours

  • Monday to Friday, 8.00am – 10.00pm
  • Saturday and Sunday, 9.00am – 5.00pm

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