Self-care for minor ailments

For many common illnesses, there is no need to see or speak to your doctor initially. The NHS UK website has very useful information about self-care, when to speak to your pharmacist and when to speak to your GP or go to A+E. Please see below for links for specific medical problems:

Bacterial Vaginosis. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/bacterial-vaginosis/

Burns https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/burns-and-scalds/

Cuts and grazes https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/cuts-and-grazes/

Ear wax build up https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/earwax-build-up/

Eye symptoms - conjunctivitis, blepharitis, stye




Fever in Children https://www.nhs.uk/video/Pages/caring-for-children-with-fever-at-home.aspx


Fungal nail https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/fungal-nail-infection/

Gastroenteritis https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/diarrhoea-and-vomiting/

Hayfever https://patient.info/allergies-blood-immune/hay-fever-leaflet

Headlice https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/head-lice-and-nits/

Heat rash https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/heat-rash-prickly-heat/

Insect bites https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/insect-bites-and-stings/

Musculoskeletal problems

Our local musculoskeletal service’s website includes information on different joint pains and strains and you can also self-refer to their service using the website, without needing a GP appointment first: https://sussexmskpartnershipcentral.co.uk/for-patients/

There is an additional website specifically to help you with shoulder problems. https://www.shoulderdoc.co.uk

Please note if you are seeking help for pain after having an accident or injury please attend minor injuries unit in Horsham (open Monday-Friday 9am to 5pm) or A+E open 24/7.

Nose bleeds. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/nosebleed/

Scabies https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/scabies/

Sinusitis https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/sinusitis-sinus-infection/

Sore throat https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/sore-throat/

Sunburn https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/sunburn/

Threadworms https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/threadworms/

Thrush. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/thrush-in-men-and-women/

Weight loss, exercise and lifestyle advice https://horsham.westsussexwellbeing.org.uk

The Horsham wellbeing hub can offer support on a number of things from weight loss to helping reduce your alcohol consumption. Please look at their website for further information and to self-refer to them for specific workshops.


I'm in a crisis - what can I do?

 In a crisis, please look on this page

Getting help in a mental health crisis:: Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

 or call the Sussex Mental health line on 0800 0309 500 or 111 (option 2)

 You can also text Sussex to 85258 if you find talking difficult


Other sources of help / support

SHOUT provides free, confidential support, 24/7 via text. Text SHOUT to 85258 in the UK to text with a trained crisis volunteer.

 In an emergency, please dial 111 for advice or visit your local A&E department.

 Samaritans (24 hours a day) 08457 90 90 90 (email jo@samaritans.org). You can also visit / call in to Samaritans in a number of local areas

CALM (thecalmzone.net) chat room and 0800 58 58 58 (5pm – midnight) - for men only

No Panic (Anxiety Helpline) – 08449 67 48 48



Available to PCN patients for 12 months from 1st November 23

· Help Chronic Insomnia sufferers without the use of medication

· The service is a web based online CBTi programme where digital access is required for daily internet access via a computer/smart phone for patients to be able to take part in the support programme

· Available to adults 18 years and above · Patients can self-refer https://www.sleepstation.org.uk/start-now/