Self Care – looking after yourself 

Choose Well and Choose the Right Care For You

If you become unwell or are injured you are encouraged to choose the right NHS service to ensure you get the best treatment for you.

People in Hounslow are encouraged to choose well for their needs to help ease pressure on NHS services; Urgent care Centres and A&E services.

There are a number of alternative options for people to choose from:

Treat At Home

There are many common illnesses and injuries, such as colds and flu, you can treat at home with a well-stocked medicine cabinet containing:

  • Paracetamol and ibuprofen for pain relief
  • Decongestants for cold and flu symptoms such as blocked noses or sinuses
  • Tablets or liquids to help with heartburn and other digestion problems
  • Antiseptic wipes for cuts, grazes and minor wounds
  • Antihistamine tablets for allergies and insect bites
  • Rehydration remedies
  • A thermometer
  • Plasters and sterile dressings

Your Local Pharmacist

They can provide professional, confidential advice and treatment without an appointment. You can see a pharmacist for a range of problems including coughs, colds, skin conditions, aches and pains, and stomach complaints or emergency contraception. They may prescribe you with over-the-counter remedies and will be able to advise on medicines that are safe to use with any other medications you are already taking. 

If you’re still unsure which care option to choose, NHS 111 is a round-the-clock phone service, dial 111 for free from landlines and mobiles. NHS 111 offers expert advice for situations when you need help urgently but it isn’t an emergency. 

NHS 111 is a round-the-clock phone service

FREE from landlines and mobiles. The telephone team are fully-trained and supported by nurses, paramedics and other medical professionals. If they think you should see a healthcare professional, they will direct you to the correct service for your need.

GP practices are open at weekends.

If a person needs to see a GP outside normal surgery hours there are now at least 3 GP surgeries open every weekend across the borough. Call NHS 111 and if the trained advisors think you should see a GP they will provide details of the nearest surgery. Using this service will not affect your registration at your own GP practice.

 More helpful information can be found by visiting: 

www.hrch.nhs.uk/patients/choose-well/