Get the Right Treatment
Do you need to visit your GP surgery?
The surgery provides a range of services, including general medical advice and treatment; prescriptions; referral to a specialist or hospital (where appropriate); jabs and tests (such as immunisations, blood tests or cervical smears). If you have tried or are still taking any self care treatment, please remember to tell your doctor. For most medical problems, you can phone your surgery or book on line to make an appointment with your GP. If your surgery is closed and you need urgent treatment, i.e. cannot wait until the surgery is open, call NHS 111 for advice, or phone your GP surgery and follow the recorded instructions.
Have you tried your pharmacist or chemist?
Pharmacists are qualified to give advice on common complaints such as coughs, colds, flu, sore throats, aches and pains. They can also answer any questions about medicines and other issues, such as healthy eating and giving up smoking. Your pharmacist can advise you when your symptoms are more serious and may suggest you visit your GP.
The Practice is not a Minor Injuries Unit and as an example, we are not able to treat the following types of injury:
Cuts and lacerations, Accidental falls, Foreign bodies, Stings, Head Injuries, Eye Injuries, Burns and Scalds, Dislocations, Fractures and Sprains, Nosebleeds.
These types of injuries should be treated at one of the following sites:
- North Cotswold Hospital: Open daily 8am – 8pm
- Cirencester Casualty: Open 24 hrs
- Cheltenham General Casualty: Open 24 hrs
Can you treat yourself at home?
A well stocked medicine cabinet will help you treat many everyday illnesses at home. For example, a small supply of paracetamol or ibuprofen (available as syrup for children) and other remedies will help you treat common ailments such as coughs, colds and sore throats.
NHS Direct is a confidential 24-hour advice and health information service staffed by nurses and professional advisers. You can call NHS 111 on 111, any time, for immediate advice on what to do if you or a family member feels ill. NHS 111 also provides information on particular health conditions; self help or support organisations and local health services. For patients’ safety, all calls are recorded and charged at local rates.
With the NHS today, there are lots of choices. By making the right choice at the right time, you get the best possible treatment. The next time you, or a family member are feeling unwell, and you are not sure what to, use this handy checklist.