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DISCLAIMER

The following is an alphabetical list of symptoms and conditions commonly encountered in General Practice, along with an appropriate first port of call. It is provided only as a simple aid to help patients find the right care.

All patients are advised to read the important warning in the blue box below. If you are at all unsure about your diagnosis or condition or if the patient is very young, very old or very unwell, please contact your doctor, pharmacist or call NHS 111 for further advice.

Please note, the aim of this page is to help patients choose the correct service in the first place, in order to best treat their condition, however, on presenting yourself to a particular service, if it becomes apparent that you require another service, due to the nature of your condition or combination of symptoms, you will always be directed to the most appropriate service.

This page or the links to appropriate sources of help provided on subsequent pages are not considered to be a computer program, nor do the pages contain instructions or subroutines that have been programmed to generate particular outcomes depending on response or user input, and are therefore not classified as a medical device under revised Medical Device Directive 2007/47 EC. For the avoidance of all doubt, these pages are not intended to be used specifically for diagnostic and/or therapeutic purposes.

The information on this page has been compiled using current referral criteria and accepted practice from various sources. It is considered correct at the time of writing (January 2015), but will be subject to continuous review. Please read the warnings above.

FIRST THINGS FIRST

Please read our Get the Right Help leaflet , or the official self-care guide . These are recommended starting points to getting the best from NHS services

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What is this symptom checker?

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It is an alphabetical list of symptoms, problems and conditions This page does not make any diagnosis or recommend any particular therapy

It tells you who you can turn to based on what symptom you think you have Based on your symptom, it will tell you who to contact first

This page does not replace the advice of a dedicated health professional This page does not give comprehensive advice

You can use this symptom checker if:

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You have a fair idea what your symptom or problem might be You know what problem you have and can identify it in the page below

You are capable of seeking appropriate help You have no problem ringing round or travelling elsewhere for help

You are happy to follow simple advice You can follow advice and are happy to be redirected to another service if your symptom suggests you need another professional

This symptom checker may be unsuitable to use if:

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You are not sure what is wrong with you or what your symptom is called Contact your doctor, pharmacist or call NHS 111 for further advice

The patient is very young, e.g., baby less than 3 months old Contact your doctor or call NHS 111 for further advice

The patient is very old or confused Contact your doctor or call NHS 111 for further advice

How do I use this symptom checker?

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Scroll down the page to see the list of A-Z symptoms or use the search function Check the rest of this page for more

To use the search function, see immediately below If you don't want to find your symptom manually enter it into the search field below and click 'search'

red flag symptom means your symptom may be more serious - seek advice soon You should always seek help from the appropriate service at the earliest opportunity

Where else can I get help?

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Get help by self-referring yourself to the right professional Visit our help page

Access lots of resources so that you can be more self-care aware Visit our self-care page

Get contact details of other professionals who can help you Visit our contacts page

LIFE-THREATENING 999 EMERGENCY

Your symptom(s) suggest that you need to ring for a 999 emergency ambulance right away

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ACCIDENT & EMERGENCY

Your symptom(s) suggest that you need to attend a major Accident and Emergency (A&E) department right away. For our area, this is Royal Derby Hospital (RDH)

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MINOR INJURIES UNIT (MIU)

Your symptom(s) suggest that you need to go to a Minor Injuries Unit (MIU). For our area, this is the one at Ripley Hospital

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GP SURGERY

Your symptom(s) suggest that you need to ring us to book an appointment or for advice on who else you can contact for help. Please ring us if you need to get hold of our community matron or care co-ordinator

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PRACTICE NURSE

Your symptom(s) suggest that you need to book an appointment with our practice nurse

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COMMUNITY MATRON

Your symptom(s) suggest that you need to speak to our community matron.

  • Please ring the surgery to contact our community matron
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CARE CO-ORDINATOR

Your symptom(s) suggest that you need to discuss your case with our care co-ordinator.

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PHARMACIST

Your symptom(s) suggest that you need to speak to a pharmacist. Several local pharmacies are available

EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTION (MORNING AFTER PILL)

The following pharmacies provide emergency contraception (morning after pill), up to 72 hours after unprotected intercourse, and with the following fees (correct as of August 2016). Please refer yourself to your chosen pharmacist or ring the information line shown. Check contact details of pharmacists.

  • Family Planning Information and Booking Line
    0800 328 3383, 8am-8pm, Monday-Friday
  • Manor Pharmacy
    free of charge
  • Hurst Chemist
    free of charge
  • Holmefield Chemist
    free of charge
  • Tambers Pharmacy
    £23
  • Boots the Chemist, Ripley
    £30
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SELF-CARE

Your symptom(s) suggest that you may be able to manage your condition yourself.

It is useful to keep a home remedies box as minor illness, minor injuries or aches and pains are very common and having such items to hand can help with immediate self-care.

Your pharmacy can also give advice and information on over the counter medicines. Always follow dosage directions and store medicines away from children.

Useful sites

Download minor illness leaflets

Home remedies

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NHS 111

Your symptom(s) suggest that you may need some form of other help. NHS 111 is available for all general advice and medical queries.

  • Call NHS 111
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District Nurse

Your symptom(s) suggest that you need to see a district nurse. For all nursing matters in the community and for bedbound and housebound patients. Our district nurse team is based at Ripley Hospital.

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SCHOOL NURSE

Your symptom(s) suggest that you need to book an appointment with a school nurse. For all nursing matters in school age children, please ask to speak to the school nurse at your child's school.

  • School nurse
    Contact your child's school directly
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HEALTH VISITOR

Your symptom(s) suggest that you need some form of social or family help. Our health visitor team is based at Ripley Hospital.

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MIDWIFE

Your symptom(s) suggest that you need to book an appointment with your midwife. Please ring the number you have been given by your midwife, or the one that is in your antenatal records, or contact us.

  • Contact us
  • Miscarriage, bleeding in early pregnancy

  • Self-refer to Gynae Assessment Unit (GAU) Early Pregnancy Service
    01332 340141 and ask for 'EPAU' (early pregnancy assessment unit)
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OPTICIAN

Your symptom(s) suggest that you need to book an appointment with an optician. You can find numbers of some local opticians below. If you are not registered with one locally, follow our link below to find one.

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DENTIST

Your symptom(s) suggest that you need to book an appointment with a dentist. You can find numbers of some local opticians below. If you are not registered with one locally, follow our link below to find one.

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PHYSIOTHERAPY / OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY (OT)

Your symptom(s) suggest that you need to book an appointment with a physio or OT (occupational therapist). This is free self-referral service based at local community hospitals.

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COUNSELLING SERVICE

Your symptom(s) suggest that you need to book an appointment with a counselling service. This is a self-referral service. Different providers are available as below.

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DRUG & ALCOHOL ADDICTION SERVICES

There are a variety of services to help patients with drug and alcohol addiction. These are self-referral services.

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AUDIOLOGY (HEARING LOSS) SERVICE

If you are over 55 and struggling with hearing you can refer yourself to one of the following providers. These are self-referral services.

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CONTINENCE SERVICE

Your symptom(s) suggest that you need to book an appointment with a continence service. The Continence Advisory Service deal with all continence issues, both bladder and bowel. This is a self-referral service.

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FAMILY PLANNING SERVICE

Your symptom(s) suggest that you need to book an appointment with a family planning clinic. Family planning clinics can deal with all aspects of family planning. This is a self-referral service.

  • Family Planning Information and Booking Line (centres held in Alfreton, Heanor & Ilkeston
    0800 328 3383, 8am-8pm, Monday-Friday
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GENITO-URINARY MEDICINE (GUM/STD) CLINIC

Your symptom(s) suggest that you need to book an appointment with a genito-urinary medicine (GUM) or sexually transmitted diseases (STD) clinic. The William Donald clinic (Derbyshire Integrated Sexual Health) at London Road Community Hospital, Derby is available for treating all sexually transmitted conditions, screening and contact tracing.

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PODIATRY (FOOT CARE) SERVICE

Your symptom(s) suggest that you need to book an appointment with a podiatrist. For all foot, toe and nail issues. Please complete the self-referral form and hand in to Ripley Hospital.

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STOP SMOKING SERVICE

Your symptom(s) suggest that you need to book an appointment with a stop smoking service. The Live Life Better Derbyshire service deals with all patients who need help in quiting smoking. This is a self-referral service.

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SOCIAL SERVICES / SOCIAL CARE

Your symptom(s) suggest that you need some form of social or family help.

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CITIZENS ADVICE BUREAU

Your symptom(s) suggest that you may need some form of other help. The Citizens Advice service helps people resolve their legal, money and other problems by providing free, independent and confidential advice at a regular surgery held at the surgery. Please ring us to book.

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DERBYSHIRE CARERS ASSOCIATION

Your symptom(s) suggest that you may need some form of other help. Derbyshire Carers Association provides support for carers and patients at a regular surgery held at the surgery. Please ring us to book.

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DERBY MOBILITY SERVICES

Your symptom(s) suggest that you may need some form of other help. Derby Mobility Services is a supplier of mobility products in Derby and the East Midlands.

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This symptom checker comprising entire contents of this page and resulting outputs on other pages is © Dr M Wong 2019 and may not be reproduced in any form without permission.