Self care is the best choice to treat very minor illnesses and injuries. A range of common illnesses and injuries can be treated at home with rest, painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen and basic first aid.
A well-stocked medicine cabinet can help you and your family to get the best treatment as soon as possible for a range of common illnesses such as colds and flu.
Read more about how our health services are reducing the risk of infection in clinical settings here: Reducing your risk of infection
If you are unsure, or you have questions about what you can have at home to treat you and your family, visit your local pharmacist for free, effective advice and support.
For information to help you care for yourself at home, including healthy lifestyle information, a health A-Z of conditions and treatments, or to find your nearest pharmacy for over-the-counter medicines, visit
We work with our health and care partners to plan services and improve our populations health and wellbeing.
Emergency Departments (A&E) and 999 are for life threatening emergencies.