Who should I see?
A visit to your GP might not always be the most appropriate first step for every ailment. There are many services you can self-refer to and local Pharmacies can help you deal with many minor ailments. Visit our Who should I see page for more information.
Did you know that 10 of the most minor ailments seen by GPs can also be treated by you at home?
By treating yourself at home you could save a trip to the surgery and free up time for the GPs to see patients with more serious health problems.
Read about some of the most effective home treatments on the NHS website for:
- Back pain
- Heartburn and indigestion
- Nasal congestion (blocked nose)
- Sprains and strains
NHS Pharmacy First Scotland is an NHS service provided by your local community pharmacy. It is free of charge, you must be registered with a GP to use it. If you have a minor illness, a pharmacy is the first place you should go for advice. You do not usually need an appointment and you can go to any pharmacy.
Please click here to find out more about this service and the conditions that can be treated.
Each year 25% of the population visit their GP for a respiratory tract infection (eg sinus, throat or chest infection). These are usually caused by viruses and the majority of patients do not need antibiotics. Please click here to read a useful patient information leaflet about managing common infections at home.
The When should I worry? booklet is a useful guide to managing common illnesses in children.
Mental health problems are common and we encourage you to contact us if you are struggling. However you might find some useful self help resources on our Mental Health page.
Insomnia is a common problem. Please click here to read more about managing this problem at home.