"3 Before GP"
The Royal College of GPs (RCGP) advises patients to adopt the 3 steps before contacting their GP. Is it necessary for you to ask for a GP appointment, especially during the busy winter period? There may be other solutions to your questions.
1 Self Care.
2 Use NHS Choices or similar reputable web site to gain advice. Link to NHS Choices
3 Seek advice and/or from your pharmacist. Pharmacists are highly trained and can deal with most minor ailments.
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Over 1 million people see a doctor every day. However, Research shows that over a quarter of GP appointments were potentially avoidable.
Over the Counter Medicines
Beds CCG has issued written guidance concerning over the counter medicines. The usual position is that a GP will not prescribe such items.
You can read the guidance by clicking on the link. Over the Counter Medicines
Managing Minor Illness ... ...
Download a document by the BMA describing what you can do to manage minor illnesses, long term conditions as well as Life Style changes.
We have also included the link to the to the self-care forum ( http://www.selfcareforum.org/ ) Self-Care Forum
There is a rheumatoid arthritis support network (RASN). You can access their website via this link: www.rheumatoidarthritis.org
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