Minor Illness Self Care Advice

At The Brow Medical Centre we are committed to helping our patients manage their symptoms for minor illnesses where appropriate, to save them coming down to the surgery and to ensure that our very valuable appointments are taken appropriately.

We are not saying that we do not want you to come to the surgery, but to try and manage minor illnesses at home yourselves first with the right advice and information in the first instance.

Did you know that £2 billion per year of NHS money is spent with people coming to their surgery with minor illnesses and 18% of GP consultations are for minor illnesses.

Below are some fact sheets for the top most common illnesses that are free for you to read / download.


Acute sinusitis

Chicken pox



Cough in adults


Ear wax


Fever in children

Fungal nail infection



Heartburn and indigestion

Itchy scalp and dandruff

Low back pain

Middle ear infection (acute otitis media)

Minor Eye Conditions - patient leaflet

Sore throat

Sprains and strains

The common cold (adults)

Urine symptoms in men

Vaginal Thrush

Warts and veruccas

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