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Get the Right Treatment

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.

Self-care

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.

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.

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. 

Sunnyside Minor Illness Clinic

The Minor Illness Clinic is run by our senior nurse who has undertaken additional clinical training and can see all patients who have recently developed minor illness symptoms such as back pain, cold/flu like symptoms, conjunctivitis, earache, hay fever, infected wounds, rashes, etc and is able to issue prescription medication if deemed necessary. These clinics are held Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings.

List of conditions seen in Minor Illness Clinic

After being seen by the nurse or if your symptoms persist or get worse, you may be advised to make an appointment with a doctor .

For more information please click here for a copy of our leaflet or collect a copy when you next visit the Practice.

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