Self Care At Home

We all have small accidents at home and suffer from seasonal ailments such as coughs and colds. Most of the time we can patch ourselves up and care for ourselves with the help of a first aid kit and a well stocked medicine cabinet containing over the counter remedies. Don’t forget keep your medicine cabinet out of the reach of children.

Your medicine cabinet should contain pain relief, antihistamines, oral re-hydration tablets and indigestion treatment. Always follow the directions on medicine packets and information leaflets and never exceed the stated dose. If you have any questions about medicines you would like to buy, ask your local pharmacist.

Your First Aid Kit should contain bandages, plasters, a thermometer, antiseptic, eyewash solution, sterile dressings, medical tape and tweezers.

Ask Your Pharmacist

From sprains to stomach upsets; your local pharmacist is qualified to give expert advice without an appointment for many conditions. Very often your pharmacist can offer advice that will save you a trip to the GP.

Contact NHS 111

For confidential health advice and information 24 hours a day 365 days a year, contact NHS 111 Service on 111

If You Need Medication

Please always ensure that you have requested your repeat medication in plenty of time from the surgery. Please bear in mind that any request that is too early (over 7-10 days from running out) is likely to be rejected.

Video Libraries

We have access to two useful video libraries. The libraries contain easy to follow videos that explain how to treat common medical conditions at home, information about common medical procedures, tips on how to maintain physical health and much more. 

Online and Local Resources

Below are links to national websites with up to date and reliable information on specific topics. In addition, we would recommend-

  • For more local resources, Well Aware website has information on all sorts of local services which can help you. You can also ring them on a free phone number 0808 808 5252.
  • It can be really helpful to read about the experiences of other people suffering from the same illness. There is a reliable website called Health Talk On Line where you can do this
  • Another useful website looks behind the newspaper headlines to present the background to current health stories
  • Linkage is an organization for over 55 year olds, running a number of activities with young people. Tel 0117 3533042
  •  Bristol Health Trainers can ....
    •  encourage and support adults to choose a healthier lifestyle
    •  including gym referral on prescription, quitting smoking, weight loss vouchers, healthy eating
    •  help people access local services

Zoe Stanbrook is a health trainer based at The Greenway Centre in Southmead. Email: Mobile: 0778 599 8926

Five Ways to Wellbeing

The Government Office for Science commissioned the New Economics foundation to review ways that people can improve their mental health and wellbeing. They came up with 5 (CLANG may help you remember them):

  1. Connect- with other people- family, local community. Social isolation is a major contributor to ill health
  2. Keep Learning- throughout life, new things and ways of doing things- a hobby, a course or an interesting book
  3. Be Active- find something which you enjoy and which fits with your mobility and fitness level
  4. Take Notice- look at, and appreciate, what is around you
  5. Give-  this can be time, energy, money- looking out for how you can do someone a good turn takes you away from your own problems

We have a large collection of self help leaflets for an assortment of conditions – please ask at reception.

Books on Prescription

We have teamed up with the Henbury and Southmead libraries to provide self-help books on a wide range of problems; ask your doctor or nurse for details.  You don’t have to be a library member already to be eligible.

Links to Specific Conditions

This is a list of the top 10 ailments that can be safely self managed. We have listed 3 websites that can give you more information about how to manage each condition - NHS Choices, NHS Direct and

Back painNHS Choices
NHS Direct
DermatitisNHS Choices
Heartburn and IndigestionNHS Choices
NHS Direct (in males)
NHS Direct (in females)
Nasal congestionNHS Choices
ConstipationNHS Choices (in children) (in adults)
MigraineNHS Choices
CoughNHS Choices
NHS Direct (in children) (caused by virus)
AcneNHS Choices
Sprains and strainsNHS Choices
HeadacheNHS Choices
NHS Direct

Common ailments that can be self managed in alphabetical order:

Athlete's footNHS
Back painNHS
Cold soresNHS
Common ColdNHS
Cradle capNHS
Dysmenorrhoea (painful periods)NHS
GingivitisNHS Choices 
Head liceNHS
Heartburn & IndigestionNHS
Infantile colicNHS
Insect bitesNHS
Mouth ulcersNHS
Muscular painNHS Choices 
Nail infectionNHS
Nappy rashNHS
Nasal congestionNHS
Oral thrushNHS
Sore throatNHS
Sprains and strainsNHS
TeethingNHS Choices 
Travel sicknessNHS
Warts and VerrucasNHS

Call 111 when you need medical help fast but it’s not a 999 emergencyNHS ChoicesThis site is brought to you by My Surgery Website