Self Help

Self-management/self-care is about looking after yourself at home. There are lots of minor conditions you can treat at home like coughs, colds, headaches, sore throats, minor cuts and grazes, bumps and bruises, indigestion and mild diarrhoea with your medicine cupboard and plenty of rest. Many ailments and illnesses can be self-treated without a trip to the doctors. Pharmacists can also advise on over-the-counter treatments to help with minor illnesses.


It is a good idea to have a medicine cabinet where you can keep some basic medication and a thermometer. By doing so you can avoid going out if you’re not feeling up to it. NHSChoices suggest pain killers, antihistamines, oral rehydration salts, anti-diarrhoea tablets, indigestion treatment and sunscreen. Read more here.


Although most seasonal bugs can be dealt with conservatively, at home and with over-the counter medicines there are times when medical advice should be sought. These are: 

  • if you or your child have a chronic condition such as asthmadiabetes or heart disease
  • if you have a very high temperature and feel ill, for example if you also have an unusually severe headache or abdominal pain
  • if your child is vomiting but does not have diarrhoea, or has a rash in addition to the fever
  • if your child stops drinking and is unusually lethargic
  • if your child’s fever doesn’t respond to paracetamol or ibuprofen

Self help websites

There are some brilliant websites dedicated to enabling you to help look after yourself, without needing to visit a doctor. Here's a couple to start you off:

NHS Choices

NHS Choices aims to help put you in charge of your healthcare, with a huge range of articles, links and advice all in one place.

The Self Care Forum

The Self Care Forum aims to further the reach of self care and embed it into everyday life.

Self Help Leaflets

If visiting the Self Care forum isn't for you, we have a few leaflets that you can access here instead. 

What to do if your child has a fever


The battle against flus and colds

This leaflet has been jointly published by PAGB and the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP)


Managing with hayfever


Managing your pain


The Walk In Clinic

Walk in clinics provide convenient access to a range of treatments for minor injuries and illnesses without needing an appointment. Your nearest clinic is at

Rouen House, Rouen Road, NORWICH NR1 1RB - 01603 677500

Walk In clinic, Norwich


Call 111 now if you've been:

  • to Wuhan or Hubei Province in China in the last 14days (even if you do not have symptoms).
  • to other parts of China, including Macau and Hong Kong, in the last 14 days and have a cough, high temerature or shortness of breath (even if it's mild)
  • to Thailand, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Republic of Korea or Malaysia in the last 14 days and have a cough, high tempreature or shortness of breath (even if it's mild)
  • in close contact with someone with confirmed coronavirus

Do not go to a GP surgery or hospital. Call 111, stay indoors and avoid close contact with other people.

Tell 111 about any recent travel and any symptoms you have

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