Self Care

Self Care

Self care is the best choice to treat very minor illnesses, ailments and injuries.

A range of common illnesses and complaints, such as coughs, colds, sore throats and upset stomachs and aches and pains can be treated with a well stocked medicine cabinet and plenty of rest.

Some self-care essentials:

  • Paracetamol and/or ibuprofen
  • Anti-diarrhoeal medication
  • Re-hydration mixtures
  • Indigestion and heartburn remedies
  • A thermometer
  • Plasters

Click for a more detailed list of what should be in a medicine cabinet

Click here for an interactive first aid kit where you can find out what should be in your first aid kit and how to use them.

For details of where to get basic first aid training and first aid advice, click here.

Changes to prescribing – additional information about self care

East Leicestershire and Rutland CCG has asked GPs not to prescribe the following preparations for short term use from 31 October 2016:

Paracetamol, cough mixtures, coldsore treatment, sunscreen, antifungal nail treatment, medicated shampoo; mouthwash and mouth ulcer treatment; travel vaccines; pain killers; indigestion remedies; antihistamines for hayfever; colic drops.

There will be patients with conditions that will make them exempt from this change. More information can be found on this table.

We have also produced information about the common conditions these medications are often prescribed for and guidance on travel vaccinations: