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GP and self care advocate Dr Gill Jenkins discusses the important role patients play in managing minor ailments and their health, and how self care can result in a better, healthier, more independent life:

The Self Care Forum and other bodies have produced a number of leaflets on common ailments which can be downloaded:

For information on other common conditions, visit the NHS Choices or Patient UK websites. If you are not sure about your symptoms, click here for the NHS Choices symptom checker where you can get advice on what to do next.

By keeping a selection of essential medications at home, you can treat common conditions in a timely manner and avoid unnecessary trips to see your GP.

The following medications can be bought from pharmacies or a local supermarket and are generally cheaper than buying them on prescription:

  • Simple pain killers like paracetamol and ibuprofen
  • Sore throat, coughs, colds and flu medications
  • Heartburn and indigestion remedies
  • Anti-diarrhoea medication
  • Rehydration salts
  • Allergy medications 
  • Pile (haemorrhoid) treatments
  • First aid kit including plasters and bandages

Speak to a pharmacist about the cheapest way to buy these products.

See also: Minor illnesses; GPs; Out of hours