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Taking care of yourself



If you want healthcare advice on how to treat your symptoms visit your local pharmacy or chemist for free, expert advice.

Many pharmacies even have private consultation rooms and are open in the evenings and weekends.

Pharmacists can advise on how to treat the following:

  • skin conditions, such as mild acne and mild eczema
  • coughs and colds, including nasal congestion and sore throat
  • minor cuts and bruises
  • constipation and haemorrhoids (piles)
  • hay fever and allergies
  • aches and pains, such as headaches, earache and back pain
  • indigestion, diarrhoea and threadworms
  • period pain and thrush
  • warts and verrucas, mouth ulcers and cold sores
  • athlete's foot
  • nappy rash and teething

If your problem is more serious and needs the attention of a GP, your pharmacist will recognise this and advise you to see your GP instead.

List of pharmacies who provide the minor ailments scheme



Walk-in centres are also a great way of seeking professional advice from a GP or nurse with no need to pre-book an appointment. Walk-in centres tend to be open for longer hours than the typical GP practice, including after normal working hours and on weekends.

You can be treated for a range of minor illness at walk-in centres such as:

  • infections and rashes
  • blood pressure checks
  • cuts and grazes
  • emergency contraception and advice
  • stomach aches
  • vomiting and diarrhoea
  • hay fever
  • insect and animal bites
  • stitches
  • dressing care
  • minor cuts and bruises
  • minor burns and strains

There are a number of walk-in centres and minor injury/illness centres in Wirral:

  • Arrowe Park
  • Victoria Central, Wallasey
  • Birkenhead Medical Building
  • Eastham Clinic

Remember visiting your pharmacist or walk-in centre in the first instance can often mean preventing unnecessary trips to a hospital or GP and help you recover quicker.

Walk in Centres in Wirral (Community Trust website)