Self Help Advice
Lots of medical advice is available for many conditions. The practice has always used patient advice leaflets from www.patient.co.uk and they are a useful, up to date resource. This website also has mobile applications which can help you monitor your condition, or for other things like weight loss. Please view our 'Minor Illness' tab for more practical advice.
NHS England also has a website for self care of long term conditions
Pharmacy First - have you thought about asking your pharmacist before making an appointment? They are also a valuable source of help and advice, and recommended by NHS choices. Please consult this page for lots of practical advice for minor illness.
Free Prescriptions from your pharmacy WITHOUT seeing your doctor...consult the MINOR AILMENTS scheme.
Fit notes (Sickness Certification)
NHS services provide medical certification for your employer after 1 week of sickness absence. You do not need to contact your doctor if you are off for less than a week for a certificate, instead, you can get a Self-certificate from your employer, or download one here
Stop Smoking Help and Advice - did you know the BEST treatment for conditions like COPD is to stop smoking? So, no matter how many different inhalers, tablets and tests you have for COPD, the actual best treatment is something you can do yourself, perhaps with some help from NHS Quit website or our local stop smoking clinics, either in surgery or around the Consett area - 0800 011 3405 for local clinic details. You can get a free Quit Kit by following the link.
Some services can be accessed directly without seeing your doctor. Examples are MIND, the mental health charity, Talking Changes (psychological counselling), Physiotherapy at the practice, Drug and Alcohol services, Stonham housing support.