Self Help

Every year, millions of us visit our GP with minor health problems that can be easily resolved without a doctor's appointment.

It is estimated that every year, 50 million visits to the GP are made for minor ailments such as coughs and colds, mild eczema, and athlete's foot. By visiting your pharmacy instead, you could save yourself time and trouble.


Keeping a well stocked medicine cabinet at home can help you treat many minor ailments. Colds, coughs, indigestion and many other minor complaints can all be treated with medicines that are available over the counter.

Your pharmacist can advise on what you might find useful to keep in your medicine cabinet. Always follow the instructions on the medicine label and consult your doctor if the illness continues or becomes more severe.



Orcha is a health apps library which lists clinically approved and recommended apps to help you manage your health and wellbeing. It includes apps that can help you be more active, manage your mental wellbeing, long-term conditions and much more.

You can take a look at the recommended apps available, on the Bradford district and Craven Orcha health app website.


One You

Visit for advice on improving your health. There is advice for both physical and mental health and has been created by the NHS.

Is your child poorly?

Most babies, toddlers and children will get common childhood illnesses such as coughs, colds, fever, diarrhoea and vomiting. You can often treat your child at home with advice from your pharmacist, health visitor or GP.

It can be helpful to keep some medicines at home, making sure that they are well out of reach of children. You could keep a thermometer, plasters, cream for nappy rash and painkillers for children such as paracetamol or ibuprofen.

Below is a quick guide for parents and carers of young children. It has been produced by the three Bradford district and Craven clinical commissioning groups (CCGs).

Please click on the link below


What is the Minor Eye Conditions Service (MECS)

The Minor Eye Conditions Service (MECS) can help you if you have developed a new or very recent minor eye problem. Click the link below for more information:

Minor Eye Problems Leaflet


manage your infection


Common ailments that can be self managed :

The Common Cold

Cough In Adults

Middle Ear Infection (Acute Otitis Media)

Sore Throat

Stay Well Door Drop Leaflet

Bites and stings

Child fever

Cough and cold


Sprains and strains

Dodgy tummy

Useful Links

Information on Self Care


Watch the following Videos for additional information on Patient Self Care from Abraham the Pharmacist.

Flu Vaccine PHE

How to stop snoring

Bacteria on your phone

Measles outbreak PHE

Acne tips

Shingles vaccine PHE

Diabetes signs and symptoms

Cold sore treatment

Reduce blood pressure

Fever in adults/children

Antibiotic resistance

Treat a cold at home

Does it matter when you take pills

Information on Healthier Living


BBC - Healthy Living

Simple, accurate advice from the BBC. Helps you to establish the dos & donts of living healthily.

Male Health

Fast, free independent information from the Men"s Health Forum.

Women’s Health Concern

Women"s Health Concern is a charitable organisation which aims to help educate and support women with their healthcare by providing unbiased, accurate information.

NHS Sites

NHS Constitution

The NHS Constitution was published on 21 January 2009. It was one of a number of recommendations in Lord Darzi’s report ‘High Quality Care for All’ which was published on the 60th anniversary of the NHS and set out a ten-year plan to provide the highest quality of care and service for patients in England

NHS Choices

Aiming to personalise healthcare and provide information that will ‘allow patients to make meaningful choices about when and where to receive their treatment.’

Charity Websites



Free information service provided by Cancer Research UK about cancer and cancer care for people with cancer and their families. Information is formatted in such a way that makes understanding the website an easy process

Cancer Backup

Europe's leading cancer information charity, with over 4,500 pages of up-to-date cancer information, practical advice and support for cancer patients, their families and carers.

Diabetes UK
largest charity in the UK devoted to the care and treatment of people with diabetes in order to improve the quality of life for people with the condition

Asthma UK

This website has been revamped to meet the needs of the thousands of people with asthma who visit the site each day, either to find important information about asthma and how to control it

Alzheimer’s Society

Comprehensive information for people with all forms of dementia.

Tips on evaluating the reliability of online medical information 

  1. Use sites from reputable organisations you have heard of.
  2. Double check the information by looking for other sources.
  3. Check there are contact details for any organisation or people responsible for the information not just an email address.
  4. Look at the advertising - does it seem to unduly influence the site content?
  5. All articles should quote references that you can look up.
  6. Watch out for claims about the superiority of any particular treatment over another
  7. Is this information supplied with a date to make sure it has not been superseded by other research.
  8. Check the sites confidentiality policy.
  9. Beware of sites claiming to be the definitive source.
  10. Beware of sites that criticise others.

Weight Management Advice

One You Couch to 5K: Mobile App 

The Couch to 5K app has been designed to get you off the couch and running in just 9 weeks. Grab your trainers, download the app and follow the step-by-step instructions.

Download from:

Download from:

One You Easy Meals: Mobile App 

The free Easy Meals app is a great way to eat foods that are healthier for you. You’ll find delicious, easy meal ideas to help get you going if you’re ever short of inspiration.

Download from:

Download from:

Weight Watchers 

Meetings, Online or a little bit of both. We’ve got options and support, whatever your lifestyle.


Slimming World 

You’ll find delicious recipe and menu ideas at your local group, along with all the help you need to get started and reach your target weight.


Warm Homes Healthy People

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HALE Young People’s Social Prescribing Service