Taking care of yourself at home
Home is where most of us want to be when we're ill. Yet many people still visit the GP or A&E for conditions that could be treated at home. This is known as 'self-care'. With self-care you can take control and start to feel better quicker.
Your local pharmacist can support you to self-care with advice on treatments, minor illnesses and provide reassurance.
There are many pharmacies in Lewisham, often open for long hours and on weekends too.
Pharmacists are highly qualified healthcare professionals who can treat and advise on common illnesses.
You don't need an appointment to see your local pharmacist.
You can have a confidential consultation with your pharmacist in a private are of the pharmacy. Anything you say to the pharmacist is treated with confidence.
The Pharmacy First scheme is available to support you to access medication for short-term minor illnesses directly from your pharmacist.
If your problem needs the attention of a GP, your pharmacist is trained to recognise this and advise you to see your GP.
You can find a list of local pharmacies and opening times here.
GPs in Lewisham will no longer routinely prescribe these self-care medicines:
Stock up your medicine cabinet
Try to ensure your medicine cabinet has all the basics:
- Pain killlers, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen
- Antihistamine for allergies
- Rub-on anti-inflammatory painkillers
- Oral rehydration salts
- Indigestion remedies
- Anti-diarrhoea medicine
- Cream or spray to treat insect bites and stings or cuts and grazes
- Plasters and dressings
- A thermometer(digital, underarm and or ear thermometer)
Make sure medicines in your cabinet are still okay to use. If medicines are past their use-by date, do not use them. Always keep medicines out of the reach and sight of children.
What if my child needs medicines while at school?
Write to the school giving permission for your child to take the medicine. Guidance from the Department of Education makes it clear that a child can take non-prescription self-care medicines with written permission from a parent or guardian. It is not necessary for GPs to write to schools to confirm that it is appropriate to administer self-care medicines.
The age at which children are ready to take their own medicines varies. As children grow and develop, they shouls be encouraged to participate in decisions about their medicines and take responsibilty for their own medicines.
Self-care Information Leaflets
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