We are keen to help patients improve on self help and hope that the following information will offer some insight into that.
Take a look and see if you can improve your own understanding of your health and well-being! Please encourage others to look here too.
Here is a list of ailments that can be safely self managed. You will see that you can take a look via the hyperlink at the other websites which can offer you further information about managing your condition.
Common ailments that can be self managed :
Worsening signs of a Sick Child
When checking your child use good light. Consider their usual skin colour as darker skinned children do not always look pale. As parents you know your child best; Trust your own instincts.
Other useful websites
For further information on treatment of common childhood illnesses you can view or download the local NHS ‘Your Guide to Childhood Illnesses’. A handy guide on common childhood illnesses for parents of children under six, it also has information about spotting the signs of a serious illness and local NHS services.
link to the guide is:
Stocking up your medicine cabinet
The following tables contain useful medicines and dressings that could be kept in a home medicine chest. All are quite cheap to buy in pharmacies, and worth keeping at home for minor illnesses.
Family Medicine Chest Contents:
Travel Sickness Pills
Your Doctor's Emergency Telephone Number
Record of last Tetanus Vaccination
General Pain Killers:
E.g. Aspirin, Paracetomol, Ibuprofen
Paracetamol suspension (E.g. Calpol etc)
Note: Never give Aspirin if under 16 years of age.
Cuts & Grazes:
Antiseptic Cleansing Solution
Tubigrip or Crepe Bandage
Sterile Water or 'Optrex'
Insect Bites & Stings, Allergies & Sunburn:
Insect Repellant Spray
Stomach Upsets & Indigestion:
Electrolyte Replacement Sachets (for dehydration)
Anti-Diarrhoea Tablets (Not for Children)
Tablets for Indigestion (E.g. Magnesium trisilicate)
There is no evidence that cough mixtures work so we rarely prescribe them and suggest you save your money ! Soothing drinks can be made.
Mouth Ulcer Treatments:
Choline Salicylate Gel (E.g. Bonjela) may help.
Guide to Independent Living in Cambridgeshire
There is a useful guide which includes comprehensive lists of all CQC registered care providers across Cambridgeshire as well as information on funding care, understanding the assessment process, staying independent, dementia care services and much more.
Please fine the link below:
Heading off to university or have children starting university?
Whether you’re a fresher or heading into your final year, or a parent of a university student, we have a few basic health care tips for students.
1. Get the ACWY vaccine – it protects against four different strains of the meningococcal bacteria that cause meningitis and blood poisoning (septicaemia): A, C, W and Y. Ask your GP practice for the vaccine.
2. Register with a GP when you get to university. You never know when you might need medical help. If you take any regular medicines that are only available on prescription, for example the contraceptive pill, make sure you have enough to last the term or until you can register with a doctor close the university.
3. Take a first aid kit with you. It might not be the most exciting thing to pack but a first aid kit with plasters, painkillers, treat for upset stomachs, thermometer, tweezers, insect bite cream or spray and antiseptic cream is a good start.