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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.

To find your local pharmacy visit www.nhs.uk/chemist

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 in Wirral:

  • All-Day Health Centre, Arrowe Park Hospital
  • Victoria Central, Wallasey
  • Eastham Clinic
  • Birkenhead Medical Building
  • Parkfield Medical Centre, New Ferry
  • Moreton Health Clinic
  • Birkenhead Medical Building
  • Parkfield Medical Centre, New Ferry
  • Moreton Health Clinic

These are also known as minor injury and illness centres.

The below image shows the address and opening hours of local Wirral walk in services.

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.