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Bedfordshire CCG does not routinely support the prescribing of medication that is available to buy from local pharmacies or supermarkets for children or adults. Here are examples of where medicines should be purchased by the patient/parent/guardian.

Many patients visit their GP or A&E department with minor illnesses which could have been treated by self care with advice from their pharmacist. 

Ask your pharmacist for advice

Your local pharmacist can give you friendly, expert advice on self care and where appropriate over-the-counter medicines that can help with lots of common illnesses and minor ailments.  Find out more in the Ask your pharmacist for advice leaflet

Stock up your medicine cabinet

To support self care at home you can ensure your medicine cabinet is well-stocked with essential medicines.  Find out more and what you should buy in the Stock up your medicine cabinet leaflet

Self care fact sheets

What are the Fact Sheets for?

The Self Care Forum Fact Sheets for common ailments aim to help clinicians and patients discuss issues around self care within the practice consultation and especially how to handle the symptoms in the future. They provide patients with information around:

  • Useful facts
  • What patients can expect to happen (the natural history)
  • What people can do to help themselves – now and in the future
  • When to seek medical help (the ‘red flags’)
  • Where to find out more

Download the fact sheets below:

1. Low Back Pain

2. Eczema

3. Heartburn and indigestion

4. Fever in children

5. Constipation

6. Headache and migraine

7. Cough

8. Acne

9. Sprains and strains

10. Sore throat

11. Otitis media

12. Common cold

13. Sinusitis

14. Urine symptoms in men

The fact sheets are also available to download from the Self Care Forum website   Your GP may use the fact sheets to talk to you about self care during your consultation.  

You can find lots more information about self care on the Self Care Forum website   




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