There are lots of things you can do at home to help manage your symptoms for minor ailments, like colds and coughs.

By treating yourself at home, you could save a trip to the surgery and make sure patients with serious health problems are seen by your GP first.

Self-care at home

You can find helpful tips and advice about some of the most effective home treatments for the following on the NHS website:

  • Acne
  • Back pain
  • Common cold
  • Constipation
  • Coughs
  • Dermatitis
  • Earache
  • Heartburn or indigestion
  • Headaches
  • Insect bites and stings
  • Migraines
  • Nasal congestion (blocked nose)
  • Sprains and strains.

If you are concerned about a medical issue and have tried the suggestions in the link above, then please book an appointment, our medical administrators will be able to advise who to see. 

Help for your child

Developed and approved by Paediatric Consultants here at the RUH, the HANDi App provides expert advice on how best to manage the six most common childhood illnesses; diarrhoea and vomiting, high temperature, chestiness, newborn problems and stomach pain.

The HANDi App aims to give parents and carers more confidence in dealing with minor conditions at home.

To download the free HANDi App, please use the following links:

Download from: Google Play

Download from: Apple store

Contact your local pharmacist

Your local pharmacist will be able to help you with lots of health issues too. You'll be able to ask them about your health concerns and when to visit your GP.

Support for mental health

If you, or someone you know, is struggling with their mental health, then there's lots of support available. Visit our mental health page for more information about the support available in the local community.

Other NHS services

As well as the surgery, there are many other local NHS services you can contact for health advice, information or treatment.

You can find out more about the NHS services available in your local community. Visit our What support do I need? page for more information. You can also visit the NHS services near you page on the NHS website.