Tennant Street Medical Practice

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Self help

As well as our practice, there are many other local NHS services you can contact for health advice, information or treatment.

Before you do, remember that you can treat many minor ailments such as colds, coughs and indigestion by keeping a well-stocked medicine cabinet at home.We suggest you keep the following:

  • Paracetamol and aspirin (children under 16 and people with asthma should not take aspirin)
  • Mild laxatives
  • Anti-diarrhoeal medicines
  • Rehydration mixture
  • Indigestion remedy (for example, antacids)
  • Travel sickness tablets
  • Sunscreen – SPF15 or higher
  • Sunburn treatment (for example, calamine)
  • Tweezers and sharp scissors
  • A thermometer
  • A selection of plasters, non-absorbent cotton wool, elastic bandages and dressings


  • Keep the medicine chest in a secure, locked place out of reach of small children
  • Always read the instructions and use the suggested dose
  • Watch expiry dates – don’t keep or use medicines past their sell-by date
  • Take all unwanted and out-of-date medicines back to the pharmacy

In line with NHS England policy Tennant Street Medical Practice has a list of common medications that our GPs will only prescribe in special circumstances.

Prescribing is costing the NHS billions of pounds per year and you can help the situation by seeing your local pharmacist and buying certain medications yourself.   Your local pharmacist is able to advise on common ailments and is always available when the pharmacy is open.

Please click on the link for the list of conditions for which you can buy over the counter remedies at your local pharmacy.

Conditions that can be helped by your local pharmacist

Date published: 13th November, 2014
Date last updated: 22nd September, 2022