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Headaches and migraines

Who do I see?

Self-care / Community Pharmacy / GP

Advice:

You can treat most simple headaches and migraines at home yourself with medicines such as aspirin, ibuprofen and paracetamol. Your community pharmacy will also be able to offer you advice.

If your headache is particularly severe, worsening or not improving or you have other concerns, please submit an online medical consultation request for the Urgent Medical Problem Team giving us as much information about your problem as you can. You will get a same-day response usually by telephone or a time to attend the surgery for further assessment and examination.

In the case of a severe headache that came on very suddenly (within a minute to its maximum intensity), often described as a thunderclap headache or like being kicked in the head, this can be a sign of a bleed in the head and patients should be taken to A&E without delay.

If you have a story of ongoing headaches or migraines that comes and goes please submit an online medical consultation request for the GP Clinical Team giving us as much information about your problem as you can. We will respond usually with an offer of an appointment with a GP or other suitable clinician to assess your problem further.

Further information about headaches from NHS inform

If you cannot use the online service please call us on 0345 337 1120 and a member of the care navigation team will help you.