Other local NHS services
For help and advice go to NHS Choices http://www.nhs.uk/pages/home.aspx
In addition, ‘Your Guide to Local NHS Services” is available at the front of all new Yellow Pages telephone directories, distributed in England (version dated 2007/8)
Oldham NHS Walk-in Centre, New Radcliffe Street Oldham – to see an experienced nurse for treatment of minor injuries and illnesses seven days a week, 24 hours a day. You do not need an appointment.
Your local pharmacist will be able to give you free health advice and you don’t need an appointment. Many pharmacies operate extended hours on a rota basis.
As well as our practice, there are many other local NHS services you can contact for health advice, information or treatment. Before you do, remember that you can treat many minor ailments such as colds, coughs and indigestion by keeping a well-stocked medicine cabinet at home. We suggest you keep the following:
- Indigestion remedy (for example, antacids)
- Travel sickness tablets
- Sunscreen – SPF15 or higher
- Sunburn treatment (for example, calamine)
- Tweezers and sharp scissors
- A thermometer
- A selection of plasters, non-absorbent cotton wool, elastic bandages and dressings.
- Paracetamol and aspirin (children under 16 and people with asthma should not take aspirin)
- Mild laxatives
- Anti-diarrhoeal medicine
- Keep the medicine chest in a secure, locked place out of reach of small children.
- Always read the instructions and use the suggested dose
- Watch expiry dates – don’t keep or use medicines past their sell-by date
- Take all unwanted and out-of-date medicines back to the pharmacy