Coughs and common cold symptoms

If you have a cough or cold symptoms, speaking to a pharmacist is often the best place to start.

NHS pharmacies

A pharmacist can help if you have a cough or common cold symptoms by advising you on the best medicines.

All pharmacists train for 5 years in the use of medicines. They are also trained in managing minor illnesses and providing health and wellbeing advice.

Most pharmacies have a private consultation room where you can discuss issues with pharmacy staff without being overheard.

Further information about treating coughs and common colds is available on the NHS website.

Find more about the symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19).

See things that NHS pharmacies can help with

Find an NHS pharmacy

Healthier Together North East and North Cumbria – Children’s Coughs and Colds

If your child has a cough or a cold, you can get excellent advice online from Healthier Together North East and North Cumbria’s website.

Get children’s coughs and colds advice at Healthier Together

Non-urgent advice: See a GP if:

-your symptoms do not improve after 3 weeks

-your symptoms get suddenly worse

-your temperature is very high or you feel hot and shivery

-you’re concerned about your child’s symptoms

-you’re feeling short of breath or develop chest pain

-you have a long-term medical condition – for example, diabetes, or a heart, lung or kidney condition

-you have a weakened immune system – for example, because you’re having chemotherapy

Request an appointment at the surgery

If the services above are not suitable, you can request an appointment at the surgery.