There are alternatives for you if you are unable to get an appointment with your doctor. Every year, millions of us visit our GP with minor health problems which can be easily resolved without a doctor’s appointment.
It is estimated that every year, 50 million visits to the GP are made for minor illnesses such as coughs and colds, mild eczema, and athlete’s foot. By visiting your pharmacy instead, you could save yourself time and trouble.
Most common ailments, such as colds, sore throat, cough, sinusitis or painful middle ear infection (earache), insect bites, indigestion and many other minor illnesses can’t be treated with antibiotics. Click here for self-care information for minor ailments.
How fit is your medicine cabinet?
Click here for more information for your family medicine chest.
Would you like to improve your health and fitness?
At Anlaby Surgery we are lucky to share facilities with Haltemprice Leisure Centre. Their health and fitness services are available on a daily basis, with a friendly, helpful team. Click here for more information about the leisure centre.
Pharmacists offer professional free health advice at any time – you don’t need to book an appointment. From coughs and colds to aches and pains, they can give expert help on everyday illnesses. They can answer questions about prescribed and over the counter medicines.
Pharmacists can also offer advice on healthy eating, obesity and giving up smoking. Some pharmacists have private areas where you can talk in confidence. They may suggest you visit your GP for more serious symptoms. It is possible to purchase many medicines, vitamins and some supplements from the chemist without a prescription.
Common Minor Ailments that your Pharmacist can help with:
|Back Ache, Sprains & Strains
Headache and Fever
Heartburn and Indigestion
Insect Bites and Stings
Mild Eczema and Dermatitis
|Minor fungal infections of the skin
The Hull NHS Walk in centre provides free NHS healthcare to anyone. No appointment is necessary. You can see a doctor from 8am up to 8pm daily, 7 days a week.
Minor Injury Clinics
Throughout Hull and East Riding there are a number of minor injury units for less serious injuries, such deep cuts, eye injury, severe sprains, minor head injury, minor burns and scalds and less serious broken bones.
Many people go to Accident and Emergency when they could be treated just as well and probably quicker at a minor injury unit. In Accident and Emergency staff must give priority to serious and life-threatening conditions, so if you go there with a minor injury you may have to wait longer to be seen. It is better to go to a minor injury unit where they can see and treat:
- Less serious fractures
- minor burns
You don’t need an appointment to visit a minor injury unit.
Click here for minor injury clinics in the area.