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How to self manage your illness

Every winter we are inundated with patients who have annoying but self-limiting infections. We cannot offer a cure for these problems as antibiotics are rarely needed and their use for trivial infections must be weighed against the risk of antibiotic resistance.

Many problems can be solved by visiting a pharmacy and getting advice on things that can be bought to alleviate symptoms. Pharmacists are trained professionals and you do not need to see a doctor for simple matters.

We do want to see people with important problems and will always see babies under six weeks old and people with important co-existing diseases (such as kidney disease, lung disease, heart disease, diabetes, HIV, cancer, etc).

You can obtain advice on self-managing some common problems from the links below.