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Self-care is perfect if your condition is something you will be able to treat at home – in fact, home is the best place for you.
A big part of your recovery from these minor ailments is to rest and drink plenty of fluid. You can plan ahead by stocking up on healthcare essentials you might need, like paracetamol – ask your pharmacist for advice on stocking your home medicines cabinet.
If you are ill and don't have these in your house, ask a friend, family member or carer to get them on your behalf.
The NHS Choices symptom checker can help you identify your condition and what to do next.
Caring for a poorly child?
There’s lots of advice available to help you care for a poorly child.
NHS Choices has detailed guidance for parents and carers.
The HANDi smartphone app provides support for six common childhood illnesses. It’s free to download for Apple and Android phones.
Staying well during winter
There are simple steps we can all take to stay well this winter.
- Vaccinate yourself and your family against flu - it's free for over-65s, people with long-term conditions, pregnant women and young children
- Seek advice from a pharmacist as soon as you start to feel ill
- Keep as warm as you can and if possible keep rooms at 18°c
- East well, take some exercise and drink sensibly
- Pick up prescriptions before shops close over bank holidays
- Stock up on food and essential medicines before shops close.
We can also play a part in helping others - especially older people -- stay well during the winter months.
- Get to know older neighbours
- Help them keep warm and fed
- Encourage them to stay mobile
- Help them with shopping and simple tasks
- Take them to the shops, GP or pharmacy to pick up medication or get their flu jab
- Watch for illness and help them seek help as early as possible.
For advice on staying well over the winter months visit the NHS Stay Well website:
Norovirus: stop the spread!
Norovirus is one of the most common stomach bugs in the UK and it’s highly contagious.
Although it usually goes away after a few days, it can be more serious for more vulnerable patients so it’s important to avoid spreading it to others.
If you have norovirus symptoms, you’re advised to stay at home, to not go in to hospital to visit friends or relatives and to be extra vigilant in terms of hygiene.
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