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Minor Illness

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Minor Illness

Minor illnesses such as coughs & colds, minor injuries, skin conditions , can often be managed by yourself at home

Pharmacists (sometimes called Chemists) can offer advice on medicines and how to take them. They can also offer advice on common complaints including coughs, colds, aches and pains and other health issues such as healthy eating and giving up smoking. You can talk to your pharmacist in confidence, even about personal symptoms. Some pharmacies are also able to dispense the Emergency Contraceptive pill free of charge, visit our Contraception page for more information

Most pharmacists now have a quiet area away from other customers where you can speak to the pharmacist more privately. Some pharmacies offer a collection and delivery service for prescriptions and many are now open longer hours

You can buy a wide range of medicines from your local pharmacy to relieve your symptoms of coughs, colds and flu and for pain relief and your pharmacist can give you advice on common illnesses and the medicines you need to treat them, and provide you with medicines that will help you to feel better more quickly

If you carry an NHS exemption card you may be entitled to receive medication for minor ailments free of charge from pharmacies which participate in the Pharmacy First scheme. These are the local participating pharmacies:

  • Lloyds, Woodhouse Lane
  • Lloyds, Meanwood
  • Lloyds, Kirkstall
  • MK Leeds Ltd, Brudenell Road

Leeds Student Health app
Leeds West CCG has developed an app specifically aimed at students living in Leeds. This has all of the health information you will need and includes information and contact details on; alcohol, drugs, smoking, sexual health, mental health, how to register with a GP or dentist and details on the range of services available in the city. You can visit the iTunes store for the Apple version or the Google Play store for the android version

You will find the following web sites useful for advice on diagnosis & management of minor illness: