Sometimes it is better for you to look after yourself at home for a while before coming to see us at the Surgery.
There are quite a few common illnesses where there some rest and simple medicines that you can find at the Chemist will help you to get better.
Often you may find that it is faster to talk with your local pharmacist for simple matters. They are expertly trained and can provide lots of advice and guidance.
We strongly recommend that you visit Self Care Forum or NHS A-Z or NHS Self Help before calling us - you can save yourself time - and save the NHS unnecessary appointments
Support for stopping smoking
Please see our guide to help stop smoking
[PDF]Stop Smoking Advice
Keeping baby safe
If you need some support with a crying baby there are some top tips Keeping Baby Safe [PDF]
You can also visit Net Mums www.netmums.com where you can talk with other parents
If you are worried - contact your health visitor or us to see how we can support.
Even at Ball Tree Surgery, we are unable to cure the common cold!
Your best option is to hide under the duvet and rest for a while if you are feeling really poorly.
To help with your symptoms:
Paracetomol (30 pence from the chemist) if you are feeling hot and feverish or have a headache
Paracetomol drink sachets - often in Lemon or Blackcurrent - Lemsip is a well known brand - but you can find alternative own brand versions that are less expensive
There is no medication that the GP can give you for a cold - they will provide the same advice as above.
Antibiotics fight infections that are caused by bacteria.
Most coughs and colds are caused by a virus; you will get better without an antibiotic.
Bacteria can become resistant to antibiotics so it is important that you only use them when necessary.
Diarrhoea & Vomiting
If you have Diarrhoea and Vomiting please DO NOT COME TO THE SURGERY - you are likely to be contagious and we don't want to be ill as well!
More importantly, others at the surgery who are already unwell may become very seriously unwell if they also weakened by your bug.
Please talk to our reception team over the phone and they will support you.
If you have diarrhoea or vomiting then you will likely become dehydrated (not enough water in your body) very quickly. This can make you feel even more unwell.
You can help yourself by drinking plenty of water. Even better, you can mix up a rehydration fluid that helps your body take in water more quickly.
Wash your hands thoroughly before preparation
Boil up 1 Litre of water
Add 6 teaspoons of ordinary sugar and a half a teaspoon of salt to the pan of water and stir well until it is dissolved
Let the mixture cool and then drink - small amounts and often
If you have some, you can also add a pinch of Cream of Tartar as that contains Potassium which will also help. (If you watch The Great British Bake Off - then you will probably have some in your kitchen cupboard)
Bananas also contain potassium and diluted fresh orange juice or Green Coconut Water will also help
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