Self Care

By being prepared and making the right choices, you will be better placed to stay healthy, keep control of your health and wellbeing, and get the right care for you and your family when you need it.


Help with common health complaints

Common health problems such as coughs, colds, headaches and back pain can often be treated more quickly and just as effectively from home, without the need for prescription medicines or a GP appointment.

By clicking on the links below to the NHS Choices website, you can find tips and effective treatments for dealing with some of the most frequent minor ailments responsible for GP visits.

You can also download the AskFirst app – available on iOS and Android phones and smart devices. This provides patients with a symptom checker, self-care advice and access to book the most appropriate GP appointment.

Where to find help – phone

  • Call 111 for health advice 24/7
  • Call 0800 085 8480 for transport needs

Where to find help – websites

Plan ahead

  • Talk to your local pharmacist about stocking up with over-the-counter medicines for everyday ailments like coughs, colds, aches and pains. Your pharmacist can also help you make sure that if you take regular medication you order your repeat prescriptions in good time.
  • Get your flu vaccine – the flu jab is available free from your GP if you are over 65, pregnant or have a long-term condition such as heart failure, diabetes or respiratory disease. This year the vaccine is also available to children aged two and three as a nasal spray. If you are not in one of these groups you can pay for the vaccine – ask your pharmacist for details.
  • Be prepared for bad weather – make sure you have plenty of warm clothes and food at home and keep an eye out for your elderly neighbours. If you have to go out in bad weather, think carefully about what you wear – especially on your feet – and how you travel.

Think about doing a basic first aid course. This will help you better deal with minor injuries like burns, strains and sprains, as well as basic life support. For more information about courses visit

OTC medicines in schools and nurseries

During the warmer months there is usually high demand in prescription requests for OTC hayfever medication for school children. GP practices are not required to prescribe OTC medicines for children attending school and childcare settings in order for the settings to administer OTC medication to the children.

This is outlined in the Government’s early years foundation stage statutory framework.

Alternatively, there is a template available on teamnet for parents to complete outlining the details of the OTC medicine their child requires and this will allow schools and childcare settings to administer the medicine. Please signpost schools and parents to this document.  This information will also be communicated to the Buckinghamshire Council Education Team.