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Self Care

Tips on treating simple illnesses

We know how frustrating feeling unwell can be. Viral coughs and colds in addition to other minor illnesses can be debilitating and drag on for some time. There is no quick cure available and these conditions have to run their course before they resolve. Despite this, there are measures available over the counter you can take to help yourself feel better while the condition improves.

NHS.uk in an NHS website dedicated to providing accurate information and advice for patients about their illness. You will find a vast collection of advice leaflets on almost any condition. Take a moment to research your symptoms and how best to manage these.

Blocked ears (wax) self-care guidelines for patients:

  • Helpful tips on how to clear your own ears when blocked with wax.

Locate your nearest pharmacist

If you are unsure what would be appropriate for you, why not speak to your local pharmacist. They are specially trained to advise patients on minor illness and how best to relieve those annoying symptoms. Click this link to find your local Pharmacist

If you have injured yourself and would like advice and treatment, Exmouth Minor Injury Unit (MIU) is open 8am to 10pm every day of the year. Follow the link below for further details of the services offered in Exmouth MIU.

Request a Sick / Fit Note from your GP

Whilst recovering from any illness it is important to rest and recuperate. Sometimes this requires time off work. Click on the link below for more information on the rules around sick notes and how to obtain one.

Here are the rules regarding time off:

  • You do not need a “sick note” for the first seven calendar days of your sickness absence. If your employer requires a sickness certificate, you can self-certify for this period using this form.
  • If you are off work for more than seven calendar days, you will require a note from the GP referred to as a “Med.3”. You and your GP will agree an appropriate amount of time to have off of work and a time to review your recovery.
  • It may be possible for you to return to work in certain circumstances if working arrangements are altered. This could include amended hours, altered duties or a phased return to work. The key thing is to get you back to work as quickly and safely as possible.
  • When this note expires, you are deemed fit to work and do not require any further letters or notes from the GP to prove this.