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Choosing the Right Treatment


Every year, millions of us visit our GP with minor health problems that our local pharmacist could resolve.

It's estimated 50 million visits to the GP are made every year for minor ailments such as coughs and colds, mild eczema and athlete's foot.

But by visiting your pharmacy instead, you could save yourself time and trouble. Instead of booking and waiting for a GP appointment, you can visit your local pharmacist any time – just walk in.

Minor Ailments

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Go to your Pharmacy if:


  • Coughs, colds and sore throat
  • Aches and pains, such as headaches, earache and back pain
  • Hay fever and allergies
  • Constipation, haemorrhoids (piles) and diarrhoea
  • Skin conditions, such as mild acne and mild eczema

Go to your GP or Walk-In-Centre if:


  • Wound and dressing care
  • Muscle and joint injuries, including strains and sprains
  • Minor lacerations and cuts
  • Infected wounds

Go to Accident & Emergency if:


  • Head injuries or loss of consciousness
  • Suturing (stitches)
  • Suspected broken bones or heavy blood loss
  • Persistent chest pain or difficulty breathing
  • Overdose or poisoning

For more information, please visit NHS Choices or for help with minor ailments.