Do I need a doctor?
Sometimes patients don’t know whether to come and see their doctor with their symptoms, or may find it difficult to get an appointment at a suitable time. Some minor illnesses can be managed by the patient and the local pharmacy. You can find fact sheets produced by the self-care forum
for the following common ailments:
- Low back pain
- Heartburn and indigestion
- Fever in children
- Headache and migraine
- Sprains and strains
- Sore throat
- Veruccas and warts (from patient.co.uk)
There is also a symptom checker available online from the NHS which can help you decide whether you need to see your doctor or not. Simply follow the guidance given.
There are a number of eye conditions that don’t need a GP referral and you can go straight to an optician if you have any concerns. The list of accredited optometrists under the ACES scheme can be downloaded here.