The suggested treatments in this section are meant as a guide only. If you require further information, you could refer to the NHS Direct online site

If you need medical advice quickly, but it is not an emergency ’999’ situation, patients can now simply dial ’111’ for free from a landline or mobile phone to get advice on what medical services they can access to best address their problem.


Many common ailments can simply be treated at home without the need to consult your doctor. Here are a few suggestions. Alternatively you could visit the NHS Direct Self Help Guide at www.selfhelpguide.nhs.uk.

A large majority of common viruses and bacteria are transmitted through droplet infection (coughing, sneezing, spitting) or via contamination to hands by, for example, tissues used when blowing your nose, coughing with your hand in front of your mouth, or in the case of stomach upsets, having been to the toilet. Good and regular hand washing is one of the best known ways to prevent the spread of infection, ensuring the whole hand including in between the fingers and up to and including the wrist, is washed with soap products following possible contamination.