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Helping the people of Leicester to have long and healthy lives.

Leicester City Clinical Commissioning Group

Treating minor illnesses

Many illnesses can be treated at home with no need for medical attention.


We have produced the Leicester Good Health Guide to give you some basic advice about how to look after yourself. Coughs, colds, tummy upsets and back pain are just some of the common conditions covered in the guide, together with advice on children’s health. You can download it in English, Polish, Gujarati, Urdu and Hindi from our website. Click on the self-care link opposite to find out more. You can also view a series of animations about looking after minor illnesses. Save the link to your phone so you have it to hand when you need it.


Local pharmacists are very knowledgeable about which medicines are best to treat minor illnesses and whether they will conflict with any existing medication you are taking. They can also offer advice on how to
treat common health conditions – and if they think you need to see a GP they will tell you.

Many of us live near a pharmacy and you don’t need an appointment to see them. They are often open in the evenings and at weekends, so they offer fast, convenient support. Most of them also have a private consultation room, so you can have a conversation where other people can’t hear you. If you need it, just ask. Find out more by clicking on the pharmacy link opposite.

NHS 111

For advice on treating minor illnesses at any time of day or night, call NHS 111. You can also go online: