On this page you will find information on the most appropriate health care service to turn to depending on your symptoms. This information will help you get the right medical assistance when you need it. Going directly to the person with the appropriate skills is important. This can help you to a speedier recovery and makes sure all NHS services are run efficiently.
- Coughs and Cold
- Aches and pains
Drop into your pharmacy any time to get expert advice or information on healthcare and help with your medicines.
Your Pharmacist sells a wide range of over the counter medicines. These can also be used to treat minor ailments such as hay fever, athlete’s foot and cold sores.
- Dental Pain
- Bleeding from the mouth
- Facial Swelling
You should register with a dentist for regular check ups and emergency care. You should contact your dentist if you are experiencing any dental pain and mouth problems.
- Blurred Vision
- Irritated Eyes
- Sudden change in vision
Optometrists carry out free NHS eye examinations which are available to all UK residents living Scotland.
Community optometrists are now recognised as the first ‘port of call’ for eye problems. If you have any problems with your eyes, make an appointment with an optometrist. All high street opticians have an optometrist who provides NHS services. They may either treat the problem themselves or if need be refer you directly to your GP or local opthamology department for treatment.
Sexual Health (Sandyford)
For any information on sexual health or if you need an appoinment regarding a sexual health matter, Sandyford clinic is available all year round, please visit the website; http://www.sandyford.org for information about services, opening times and how to make an appointment.
- Coughs and colds
- Sore throat
For a speedy recovery, self care is often the best if you have a minor illness or injury. A well stocked medicine cabinet means you’ll receive the right treatment immediately.
Treat coughs and colds by keeping warm, resting and drinking plenty of non-alcoholic fluids.
Paracetamol and ibuprofen can reduce high temperatures and ease aches and pains.
Most people recover from viral infections like colds and the flu within four to seven days.
Antibiotics won’t help with the flu, colds, most coughs or sore throats.
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 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.
Below, you will find a range of information on a range of different health subjects with website links that patients might find useful.
For general patient health information,
Specific health conditions and issues,
- COPD and Asthma
- Cancer – get checked early
- Footcare guidance
- Diabetes UK
- Eye Care
- High Blood Pressure
- The British Blind & Shutter Associations’s ‘Make it Safe’ Campaign A guide to window blind safety
- Care Information Scotland For the right info on how to get a helping hand for yourself or someone you care for
- ‘Not for play, keep them away’ Liquitabs Ingestion Prevention Programme
- Elderly Abuse Information Important information about abuse of the elderly and what to do if you suspect that this is happening to you or someone you know.
Carers Information drop in
Do you look after or provide support to a friend or family member who would find it difficult to manage without you?
Brenda Tinney from Inverclyde Carers Centre is now available in the Health Centre on a Thursday 9:30am-4:30pm.
All Carers welcome.
Working health Services
Working Health Services Scotland can give you free and confidential advice and health support. You can use this service if you are self-employed or if you work in a company with less than 250 employees.
If you have a health condition which you are worried about affecting your work, Working Health Services may be able to help you. The service aims to help you manage your condition, preventing you from absence or helping you to return to work after an absence. Find out more information from the website Working Health Services