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

Leicester City Clinical Commissioning Group

Self Care

We want to help you increase your chances of staying well and to build your confidence in preventing and treating minor illnesses yourself.

Leicester Good Health Guide

We have produced the Leicester Good Health Guide to help you take care of your own health and the health of your family.

Many illnesses can be treated at home with no need for medical attention, so we have included basic advice on how to look after yourself. Coughs, colds, tummy upsets and back pain are just some of the common conditions covered in our guide, together with advice on children’s health.

You will also find information about the NHS services that help prevent illness, such as immunisations, and services that can detect early signs of illness, such as NHS Health Checks and the screening programmes for certain types of cancer.

You can also read about some ideas to help you make healthy life choices.

The Leicester Good Health Guide is available free of charge from GP practices and pharmacies in Leicester City.


Medicines cabinet at home

One of the best ways to take care of yourself this winter is to make sure your medicine cabinet is well stocked. Minor conditions such as colds, coughs and sore throats can be easily treated with supplies you can keep at home. It costs as little as £10 to stock your medicine cabinet and this can make a big difference to your health this winter.

We recommend always having the following items at home:

  • Painkillers like ibuprofen and paracetamol
  • Aspirin (should not be taken by children under 12)
  • Antihistamines for allergies
  • Diarrhoea relief
  • Constipation relief
  • Throat lozenges
  • Antacid

You should also have a fully-stocked first aid kit with plasters, bandages, antiseptic wipes and eye wash. Take a look at our  Interactive Medicines Box.