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'Kaitlyn's Cold' - Follow A Cheshire Primary School’s Advice For Keeping Healthy Through Christmas And New Year

Edleston Self Care Team
Left to right: Rhys, Ben, Guilia, Kayla, Kaitlyn, Zoe - The Edleston Primary School Self Care Team

19 December 2018

A group of Cheshire primary school children want us to follow their lead and know how to use self care to stay fit and healthy this Christmas.

The Self Care Team at Edleston Primary School in Crewe have been working with NHS South Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Vale Royal CCG to learn about self care, and then teach it to others.

They’ve taken what they’ve learned and made the film ‘Kaitlyn’s cold’, which follows one person’s journey as she tries to get help for a cold which she could have treated at home.

As the video (external link, opens in new window) shows, Kaitlyn should have used over the counter medicines like paracetamol to ease her symptoms, rather than waiting for an appointment she didn’t actually need.

Dr Nichola Bishop, GP, Clinical Director and lead for Women and Children at the CCGs, said: “This is a really important message, especially as we head towards Christmas. 

"Having remedies at home will help relieve most minor conditions where the best thing to do is let nature takes its course, with a little help with over the counter medicines. 

"When you’re out and about getting the usual bits for Christmas, it’s a good idea to pick up some of the over the counter medications so you’ve got them ready."

You can stock up your medicine cabinet for under £10:

  • Junior Paracetamol - £1.90
  • Paracetamol - 25p  
  • Ibuprofen - 25p
  • Aspirin - 30p
  • Diarrhoea relief - £1.00
  • Constipation relief - £1.60
  • Antihistamine - £2.50
  • Throat lozenges - 99p
  • Antacid - 99p

TOTAL - £9.78

If you do require more advice and your symptoms are getting worse, local pharmacists use their clinical expertise together with their practical knowledge to give you the best advice to tackle minor illnesses.

You don't need an appointment, they have private consulting rooms and some are even open on Christmas, Boxing and New Year's Day.

Find out which of your local pharmacies are open and when, go to your CCG website:


If you're worried about an urgent medical concern, but your local pharmacy is closed, you can call NHS 111 to speak to a fully trained adviser.

NHS 111 is much more than a helpline – depending on the situation, the NHS 111 team can connect you to a nurse, emergency dentist or even a GP, and can arrange face-to-face appointments if they think you need one.

NHS 111 advisers can also assess if you need an ambulance and send one immediately if necessary.

There is loads of useful advice on the CCG websites on 'How to self care' and be ready to tackle minor illnesses and injuries at home, including handy videos from local GPs:


Find out more about NHS 111 online too - https://www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/nhs-services/urgent-and-emergency-care/nhs-111/