Coughs and common cold symptoms
If you have a cough or cold symptoms, speaking to a pharmacist is often the best place to start.
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
- a blocked or runny nose
- a sore throat
- muscle aches
- a raised temperature
- pressure in your ears and face
- loss of taste and smell
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.
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.