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The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:
  • New continuous cough and/or
  • High temperature
  • loss or change to your sense of smell or taste  

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness If you have coronavirus symptoms:
  • Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital
  • You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home
  • Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you're staying at home
  • Plan ahead and ask others for help to ensure that you can successfully stay at home and consider what can be done for vulnerable people in the household
  • Ask your employer, friends and family to help you to get the things you need to stay at home
  • Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water, or use hand sanitiser
  • If you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, or your condition gets worse, or your symptoms do not get better after 7 days, then use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service. If you do not have internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999
  • Visit NHS 111 Online for more information

Stay at Home
  • If you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus illness (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started. (See ending isolation section below for more information)
  • If you live with others and you or one of them have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill
  • It is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community
  • For anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14 day isolation period. (See ending isolation section below for more information
  • If you can, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period
  • If you cannot move vulnerable people out of your home, stay away from them as much as possible
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Jan 2011
Help! I’ve had too much to eat!

Overeating can cause a range of symptoms spanning from heartburn, indigestion, nausea or constipation. We can recommend suitable medicines to reduce and ease your symptoms but there are also things you can do at home. For example, try not to lie down right after you eat and if you are constipated, eat high fibre foods like wholegrains and plenty of fruit and vegetables.

What to do when you’ve had too much to drink...

Alcohol is a diuretic which means that it speeds up the loss of water from the body. This causes dehydration which can then cause many other symptoms like an upset stomach, fatigue and headaches. Try to keep your drinking down to the recommended limit (men: 3 to 4 units per day and women: 2-3 units per day). We can help with remedies to ease your hangover such as over-the-counter painkillers to help with headaches. Paracetamol-based remedies are usually preferable as aspirin may further irritate the stomach and increase nausea and sickness.

Have a winter clearout...

A recent survey by the NPA found that one in ten people admit to never checking that their medicines are still in date. Medicines can become increasingly less effective once they pass their expiry date. For example, most eye drops expire 28 days after opening and for some, the shelf life is even shorter. If you notice that any of your medicines are out of date, breing them to us and we will arrange to have them destroyed.

Children’s doses for liquid paracetamol

Changes have been made to recommended doses for young children of liquid paracetamol – such as Calpol. Until recently packaging on bottles of the children's strength solutions advised that children aged from 12 months to six years could be given the same dose. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has now revised its recommendations to reflect the large differences in weight and bodily development between a one-year-old baby and a six-year-old child. Only those aged four or over should be given the maximum dose of two 5ml spoonfuls at a time. Those aged two to four should be given only 7.5ml (a full 5ml and a half a 5ml spoon), up to four times a day. If you’re in any doubt, ask us for advice. In the meantime, parents should follow the advice on the packaging, making sure not to exceed the recommended dose

What if I need emergency contraception?

We can supply the emergency contraceptivepill if you'reaged 16 orover as part of an NHS sexual health service. We have a consultation area where you can ask for advice without being overheard. If you need to see a pharmacist over the festive period just call in.

Tips for coping with travel sickness

If you’re travelling to see relatives over the Christmas and New Year period and suffer with travel sickness, we can give you advice on available remedies. We can also givetips on how to prevent travel sickness such as ensuring there is good ventilation and encouraging children who suffer with travel sickness to look out of the window instead of playing games or reading books as this can make it worse.

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