3 before GP

GPs and their wider team need time to give patients the best care they possibly can. You can help free up time for those who really need expert advice by considering three alternatives before booking an appointment:

1 - Self-care

For minor ailments you could safely treat your symptoms at home, for example through rest or with appropriate over the counter medicines.

2 - Use trusted NHS online services

Online NHS services offer sensible advice on a range of health issues and are a useful place to turn for initial guidance. Visit

3 - Seek advice from a pharmacist

Pharmacists are highly skilled healthcare professionals who can offer valuable advice.

You should always seek urgent medical attention in an emergency.

When I Should I Worry

Having an ill child can be a very scary experience for parents. If you understand more about the illness it can help you to feel more in control. Click here for a booklet for parents (and older children) which deals with common infections in children who are normally healthy.

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