Family Medicine Chest

Here is a list of useful medicines and dressings with a description of their uses. All are quite cheap and worth stocking at home in readiness for minor illnesses.

Keep them in a box or cupboard with a lock - or store them well out of the reach of children.

Soluble Aspirin Tablets Good for headaches, colds, sore throats (gargle with the solution), and pains in general. Aspirin should NOT be given to children under 16.

Paracetamol Mixture For relief of pain or fever in young children.

Ibuprofen Mixture For relief of pain or fever in young children.

Ibuprofen & Paracetamol Tablets Ibuprofen and paracetamol tablets are cheap to buy and are just as effective as expensive brand name pain killers. They are effective for pain and fever. Ibuprofen and aspirin should be used with caution if you have asthma.  They can cause severe wheeze for a small number of asthmatics particularly those who also have allergies that affect the nose. 

If you are prone to indigestion ibuprofen or aspirin can make it worse and can sometimes lead to stomach bleeding or ulcers. 

Ibuprofen should not be used if you have kidney disease or if you are pregnant. 

Aspirin should only be used in pregnancy under medical advice. 

Do not take ibuprofen and aspirin together.

Calamine Lotion: For dabbing (not rubbing) on insect bites, stings and sunburn.
Dressing Strips: For minor cuts.
3" Wide Crepe Bandage: To keep dressings in place. To support sprained or bruised joints.
Thermometer: For checking fevers.

Remember that your local chemist can give you advice about medicines.

Self Care & Help

Future Healthcare Needs for People (15/06/22)


We are asking for your feedback to enable us to plan GP primary care services based on the needs of local people particularly between the hours of 6.30pm and 8pm Mondays to Fridays and between 9am and 5pm on Saturdays.

This would help your practice and the NHS in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland to prioritise the way we organise and pay for services and help guide Primary Care Network (groups of GPs working together to improve health services) to cope the needs of local people. It will also help us to improve care for the higher numbers of sicker people and the general rise in demand for GP appointments and treatment.

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Following guidelines published by NHS England, the practice has been asked by Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Groups to stop prescribing medicines for minor illnesses which are suitable for self-care and are available to purchase over the counter. This includes medications such as antihistamines, eye drops and nasal sprays used to treat hay fever.
If you currently have a repeat prescription for one or more medicines used to treat hay fever that are available to buy over the counter without a prescription. We wish to inform you that these medicines have been removed from your repeat medication list. Should you request any of these items in the future you will be asked by the practice team to purchase them instead of obtaining a prescription.

The team at Groby Road Medical Centre are committed to providing the most evidence based and cost effective prescribing for our patients. By asking people to buy medicines for minor ailments over the counter we can use NHS resources wisely and also free up valuable GP and nurse time which can be used to deal with more complex or serious health needs. If more patients choose to self-care the NHS could potentially save around £136m every year. A recent public engagement exercise showed that the majority of people agreed with buying medications over the counter for minor or self-limiting conditions.

Should you require further information about minor ailments and self-care please ask your community pharmacist
Or for specific advice around hay fever visit the NHS website:
If at any time you are concerned about your condition please speak to either your community pharmacist or contact the surgery.



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Clinics & Services

Groby Road Medical Centre provides the following clinics. Please contact reception for more details. 

  • Chronic Disease Reviews  - Nurse led (Asthma, Atrial Fibrillation, Heart Disease, Kidney Disease, COPD, Diabetes, Epilepsy, Heart Failure, Housebound reviews, Hypertension, Peripheral Arterial Disease and Stroke)
  • Baby and Child Clinic  - Nurse led
  • Contraception advice
  • Flu Vaccination (October - December)
  • Immunisations
  • Maternity  - Midwife led care
  • New Patient Checks  - Nurse led
  • Smears (cervical cancer screening) - Nurse led
  • Travel Advice and Vaccination  - Nurse led
  • Weight Loss  - advice and support  - Nurse led
  • Well Person Checks  - Nurse led

How to get travel vaccinations

We offer a full range of vaccinations for foreign travel. For all advice and information regarding foreign travel please make an appointment with the practice nurse 8 weeks before departure so that immunisation can be completed. It would be very helpful if you would print off and complete the Travel Form which can be found in the News and Documents section of this website. When completed deliver, post or fax it through to the practice so that the nurse can check which vaccinations you will require before you come for your appointment.

Please note that not all travel vaccinations are stocked by the practice and not all are free of charge.

How to get a health checkup

Newly registered patients, those aged 75 or over who have not had a consultation in the past year and adult patients under 75 who have not had a consultation in the past three years all have the right to request a health check consultation with either a doctor or nurse at the practice. Please call reception to arrange an appointment.


We run the following seasonal services:

  • Flu








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