There are a lot of things that you can do to look after your own health and prevent yourself from becoming unwell. Many illnesses or symptoms can be treated at home with the help of a well-stocked medicine cabinet and plenty of rest.
If you’re not sure what kind of care you need, you’ll find lots of useful information and a free symptom checker online at www.nhs.uk. You can also ring 111 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for free confidential advice and information.
Your local pharmacist / chemist will be happy to advise you on common illnesses and the medicines you need to treat them.
Your own GP is the best person to speak to about persistent health problems and illnesses that won’t go away. Your GP will make sure you are up to date with your immunisations, and will also ensure you are invited to be screened for a number of conditions, depending on your age and gender.
When your own GP surgery is closed, you can access the out-of-hours service. The 111 service will be able to help you if you need to see a GP urgently in the evening or at a weekend.
We do recommend that you find a regular dentist, and you can find one through NHS 111. If you do not have a regular dentist and you need emergency care you should contact 111.
Emergency Department and 999 services provide emergency care for people who have symptoms of serious illness or are badly injured.