Self-help guides


Self-help guides

Self-help guide

Who are self-help guides for?

Our self-help guides are for anyone looking for tailored guidance on common ailments and treatments.

They're not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional.

How our self-help guides can help

If it's not a medical emergency and you're unsure about what to do next, our self-help guides can suggest next steps to deal with your health situation. 

As part of the NHS inform website, the guides can signpost you to health information or sources of help through our National Service Directory.

The guides cover some of the most popular topics that people call our 111 service about, including:

  • ‚ÄčAbdominal pain
  • Accessing medicines
  • Diarrhoea
  • Earache
  • Emergency contraception
  • Eye problems
  • Fever in adults
  • Fever in babies
  • Flu-like illness
  • Hay fever
  • Lower back pain
  • Rash
  • Sore throat
  • Tick bites
  • Urinary infection
  • Vomiting