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Self-care is the best choice to treat minor illnesses, ailments and injuries. A range of common illnesses can be treated with over the counter medicines and plenty of rest. There are also lots of places where you can get further health advice.

Information on specific topics will be made available on this section to help patients make informed choices and decisions including:

  • Knowing who to seek advice from for minor health concerns - Pharmacies should be the first point of contact
  • Stocking-up on over-the-counter medicines for minor ailments - being prepared could mean resting and starting treatment sooner
  • Branded products versus lower cost versions of the same medicines - these are often just as effective and could help to save you money
  • Be aware of how long it should take for simple conditions to clear up - and know when to see a GP

Information and resources

NHS Shropshire CCG has developed a patient information leaflet and information video to help explain self-care and Over the Counter Medication:

Please select a topic below for more specific information on how to self-care for some common conditions and ailments: