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Self care is the best choice to treat very minor illnesses and injuries. A range of common winter illnesses and injuries can be treated at home simply by combining a well-stocked medicine cabinet with plenty of rest.
Self care - essential information. Ensure your medicine cabinet is well stocked with:
- Anti-diarrhoeal medicine
- Rehydration mixture
- Indigestion remedy
- Plasters and a thermometer
Visit the Directgov website to find out more about simple things you can do to help you and your family keep warm, healthy and safe through the cold weather – as well as save money.
Visit your pharmacy when you are suffering from a common winter health problem that does not require being seen by a nurse or doctor. Your pharmacist can provide advice on common winter illnesses and the best medicines to treat them.
If you have an illness or injury that just will not go away, make an appointment with your local GP. They provide a range of services by appointment, including medical advice, examinations and prescriptions. All Oldham's GP Practices are open a minimum of 8am-6.30pm, Monday-Friday.
To find your local GP surgery, visit the NHS Choices website at www.nhs.uk Or to get help with registering or for more information, contact NHS Oldham on 0161 622 6400 and ask for the Primary Care team.
If you feel you may need to see a doctor urgently when your local surgery is closed, call 111.
Oldham's 8am to 8pm walk-in service
Oldham’s 8am to 8pm walk in service, on the ground floor of the Oldham Integrated Care Centre, treats minor illnesses and injuries that do not need a visit to A & E. You do not need an appointment and will be seen by an experienced health practitioner. For more information go to www.nhs.uk
A & E and 999
Accident and Emergency Departments should only be used in a critical or life-threatening situation. A & E Departments provide immediate emergency care for people who show the symptoms of serious illness or being badly injured. Dial 999 in case if a medical emergency.
The A & E in Oldham is at Royal Oldham Hospital, Rochdale Road, Oldham.