Radcliffe Medical Practice

0161 724 2062

Secondary telephone

0161 724 2063

Self care

Did you know that 10 of the most minor ailments seen by GPs can also be treated by you at home?

By treating yourself at home you could save a trip to the surgery and free up time for the GPs to see patients with more serious health problems.

Read about some of the most effective home treatments on the NHS Choices website for:

  1. Back pain
  2. Dermatitis
  3. Heartburn and indigestion
  4. Nasal congestion (blocked nose)
  5. Constipation
  6. Migraines
  7. Coughs
  8. Acne
  9. Sprains and strains
  10. Headaches

Visit the NHS website

Children Safety Netting 

Please see the following link for information on self care for an unwell child – https://what0-18.nhs.uk/professionals/gp-primary-care-staff/safety-netting-documents-parents

Mental Health Contact Numbers

List of numbers to keep you safe in the event of personal distress becoming unmanageable:

  • The Samaritans – 116 123 OR TEXT 07725909090 – 24 hours to chat to a trained counsellor off the record.
  • Healthy Minds – 0161 253 5258
  • The Sanctuary – 0300 003 7029 – 24 hours for mental health crisis’. 7 days a week for people aged 18 years and over.
  • CALM (MEN ONLY) 0800585858, 5PM until midnight
  • A&E department at Fairfield to access mental health crisis service. 


Each year 25% of the population visit their GP for a respiratory tract infection (eg sinus, throat or chest infection). These are usually caused by viruses.

For patients who are otherwise healthy, antibiotics are not necessary for viral infections.

These infections will normally clear up by looking after yourself at home with rest, plenty of fluids and paracetamol.

Ear infections typically last 4 days

89% of cases clear up on their own

A sore throat typically lasts 7 days

40% of cases clear up after 3 days and 90% after 7 days without antibiotics

Sinusitis typically lasts 17 days

80% clear up in 14 days without antibiotics

Cough/bronchitis typically lasts 21 days

Antibiotics reduce symptoms by only 1 day

Antibiotics only work for infections caused by bacteria.

Taking unnecessary antibiotics for viral infections should be avoided because they may not be effective next time you have a bacterial infection.

Patients with long-term conditions such as asthma, diabetes and COPD are eligible for flu and pneumococcal vaccinations. Ask at reception for more information.

Medicine cabinet

You can treat many minor ailments such as colds, coughs and indigestion by keeping a well-stocked medicine cabinet at home.

We suggest you keep the following:

  • Paracetamol and aspirin (children under 16 and people with asthma should not take aspirin)
  • Mild laxatives
  • Anti-diarrhoeal medicines
  • Rehydration mixture
  • Indigestion remedy (for example, antacids)
  • Travel sickness tablets
  • Sunscreen – SPF15 or higher
  • Sunburn treatment (for example, calamine)
  • Tweezers and sharp scissors
  • A thermometer
  • A selection of plasters, non-absorbent cotton wool, elastic bandages and dressings


  • Keep the medicine chest in a secure, locked place out of reach of small children
  • Always read the instructions and use the suggested dose
  • Watch expiry dates – don’t keep or use medicines past their sell-by date
  • Take all unwanted and out-of-date medicines back to the pharmacy

Online Pill Check

If you take any of the oral contraceptive pills you will need an annual review (pill check) at least every twelve months before we can re-authorise your prescription.

This form will allow you to complete the pill check online. We have set up the online pill check with the aim of making it quicker and easier for you to renew your prescription if your pill is suiting you and you wish to continue it. If you are having any problems or concerns, or would like to discuss other forms of contraception, we would be more than happy to hear from you. Please book an appointment with one of our practice nurses.

To fill in this form you will need your current height, weight and blood pressure.

The pill check will be sent to the practice team and your request will usually be processed within 2 working days. If there are any issues we will contact you to discuss further.

Online Pill Check

Your Details

Please enter your blood pressure in the XX/XX format.

Your Pill Check

Are you experiencing any problems with bleeding after sex or bleeding between periods(Required)
If you answered yes to this question then please arrange an appointment with one of our clinicians.
Are you on any other medication in addition to your pill?(Required)
Have you been diagnosed with any new health conditions since we last issued you a prescription?(Required)
Do you smoke?(Required)
Do you drink alcohol?(Required)
If you answered yes to the above question then please also answer this question.
Do you suffer from migraine headaches?(Required)
Aura is when there are specific warning signs just before the migraine begins, for example a change in your vision. It is vital you do not take combined oral contraception if you have migraine with aura, as this is known to increase your risk of stroke. If you are uncertain please contact the surgery to discuss(Required)
See The Migraine Trust Information for more clarification: https://migrainetrust.org/understand-migraine/types-of-migraine/migraine-with-aura/
Have you ever had a blood clot?(Required)
For example in your leg or in your lung, often referred to as a DVT or a PE.
Has a close family relative (parent or sibling) ever had a blood clot?(Required)
Have you ever had breast cancer?(Required)
Has a close family relative (parent or sibling) ever had breast cancer?(Required)
Smear tests are an essential tool to prevent cervical cancer. They are offered to everyone with a cervix between the age of 25 and 64. The screening interval is every 3 years for those aged 25-49, and every 5 years for those aged 50-64. You will receive an invitation to book from the national screening service if you are due. Are you up to date with your cervical screening?(Required)
If you have received an invitation or if you believe you are due for your smear test after reading the above information, please contact the surgery to arrange an appointment. For more information on cervical screenings please visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/cervical-screening/
Are you aware that there are more reliable, long-acting methods of contraception available?(Required)
You should be aware of other, more reliable long-acting methods of contraception, such as the Coil or the Implant. These methods of contraception can last 3-5 years and are more effective than any oral contraception. If you wish to discuss alternative contraception please arrange an appointment with our practice nurse.
You should be aware that no contraceptive pill protects against sexually transmitted infections. Full sexual health screenings and self swabs are available locally.(Required)
For more information on local sexual health clinics please visit our website.
If you miss a pill, you may be at risk of an unplanned pregnancy. The rules for missed pills can differ depending on which pill you are taking. For more information this please visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/contraception/miss-progestogen-only-pill/ or https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/contraception/miss-combined-pill/.(Required)
Your health and safety is important to us and we need to ensure that we have sufficient information to complete this review. If at any time you have concerns regarding your pill then please speak to one of our clinicians.(Required)
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