Advice

You can obtain expert advice on any aspect of your lifestyle. If you are concerned about your health, you can contact us for general advice (e.g. smoking cessation, healthy eating) or for specific advice (e.g. for a particular medical condition).

Always keep all medicines out of reach of children.
Always take only in accordance with Doctor’s directions.
Always return unused medicines to your pharmacist for disposal.
Never take medicines from unlabelled containers.
Never share prescribed medicines with others.
Never transfer medicines from one container to another.

BEFORE YOU TAKE YOUR MEDICATION:

  1. KNOW – what your medicines are for
  2. CHECK – how to use/take your medicines safely
  3. ASK – your healthcare professional if unsure

HELP THE NHS TO SAVE MONEY AND FREE UP GP APPOINTMENT TIMES

Coughs, colds, headaches and other common illnesses can leave you feeling unwell and struggling to carry on as normal. Be prepared by keeping a well-stocked medicines cabinet at home.

These include: Paracetamol, Ibuprofen, Head Lice Lotion, Indigestion Tablets, Cough Syrups, Nasal Congestion Sprays, Sore Throat Products and Vitamin Supplements.

GPs recommend your medicine cabinet should contain:

-A self care guide
-Painkillers, such as Paracetamol or Ibuprofen
-Antihistamines for allergies
-Antiseptic cream for bites and stings
-A laxative to help constipation
-Sunscreen
-A First Aid Kit with plasters and bandages to help manage cuts and sprains.

Always be careful to follow the product instructions and regularly check medicines are still in date. If you’re not sure what medicines to stock or how best to treat symptoms of common health problems, ask your Pharmacist for advice.

Lifestyle changes can help prevent and lower high blood pressure, for example:

Reduce the amount of salt you eat,
Cut back on alcohol if you drink too much,
Lose weight if you are overweight,
Exercise regularly,
Cut down on caffeine,
Stop smoking,
and finally, try to get at least 6 hours of sleep a night.

Top tips to get your 5 a day:

Swap sugary snacks, such as biscuits, for a piece of fruit,
Add fruit to cereal or porridge,
Add crunch to a sandwich with lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber or grated carrot,
Have a salad or vegetable side dish with your main meal.

Please see nhs.uk/Livewell/5ADAY for more ideas.

We take part in local health campaigns, please see separate link on our homepage. Therefore, leaflets related to these topics will be supplied with deliveries when appropriate. We can also act as a signposting service to direct you to local and national self-help groups, please see links below:

www.nhs.uk

Alcohol Awareness:
www.drinkaware.co.uk/
www.nhs.uk/Change4Life/Pages/drink-less-alcohol.aspx

Cancer:
www.cancerresearchuk.org

COPD:
www.blf.org.uk

Dementia Awareness:
www.alzheimers.org.uk
www.dementiauk.org

Diabetes Mellitus:
www.diabetes.org.uk

Dental:

www.brushdj.com/

https://www.iadt-dentaltrauma.org/for-patients.html

Dental Advice Line:
If you live or work in Stoke-on-Trent, Newcastle-under-Lyme or Staffordshire Moorlands: 0300 123 0981
If you live or work in any other area of Staffordshire:
01283 505845

Hypertension:
www.bhf.org.uk

Mental Health Awareness:
www.staffordshirementalhealth.info/
www.healthyshropshire.co.uk/topics/mental-health/information/more-information-on-mental-health-issues/
www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/

Sexual Health Awareness:
www.staffordshireandstokeontrent.nhs.uk/Services/sexual-health.htm

Smoking Cessation:
nhs.uk/smokefree