Are you ready for summer?
The summer months are finally upon us and while many of us welcome the sunshine and warmer weather, it is important to remember the various health problems summer can bring that might affect you or your family.
Pharmacists are trained medicine experts who can give you advice on treating a range of common conditions and minor injuries such as:
- insect bites
- skin rashes
You don't need to make an appointment to visit your local pharmacist, and many pharmacies are open during the evening and at weekends. Find your nearest pharmacy.
Not sure what to do?
If you need medical help fast, but it’s not a 999 emergency; or you need to access a local medical service but you're not sure which one, start with NHS 111.
NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Visit the NHS 111 website or call 111 free from your landline or mobile phone.
Trained advisors will ask you a series of questions to assess your symptoms and then if necessary, book an appointment for you to attend a local healthcare service. If the NHS 111 team think you need an ambulance, they will send one immediately.
Self-care means making sure you are stocked up with over-the-counter medicines and a first aid kit so that you are able to treat common illnesses and injuries yourself. It's a good idea to pack basic supplies if you are going away and ensure you stay up to date with any prescribed medication so you don't run out.
Get stocked up with these summer essentials, most of which can be purchased at your local pharmacy:
More information about how to treat common illnesses at home is available on the NHS website.
The summer holidays can be a stressful time so it's important to look after your mental health and wellbeing. For local support and resources, visit our mental health page.
If you or someone you know is experiencing a crisis and need urgent mental health support contact 111 or visit www.111.nhs.uk