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Is your medicine cabinet stocked up?

If the contents of your medicine cabinet or first-aid kit amount to nothing more than a tube of out-of-date insect repellent, then it’s time to stock up! Did you realise that many illnesses such as coughs and colds cannot be treated with antibiotics? There’s no need to bother your GP. Instead you can treat yourself successfully and safely at home with self care.

You never know when you might fall ill, so it’s always best to keep a range of everyday medicines at home just in case. Make sure you have remedies for colds and sniffles, such as painkillers like paracetamol and ibuprofen, as well as cough linctus and lozenges and sprays for sore throats. Your local pharmacist will be able to advise you on the best remedies.

Use your pharmacist

Don’t forget: Your pharmacist is a great source of advice and help when you are feeling unwell – and you don’t even have to make an appointment. Find out when your local pharmacy is open and keep a note of the times.

Plan ahead with prescriptions

Do you take pills or medication regularly? If so, make sure you are well stocked up over the winter period, particularly if the weather is bad and you cannot get out. Plan ahead with prescriptions. Don’t leave things until the last minute and risk the danger of running out of your medicines.

Check your symptoms

The NHS Symptoms Checker is simple and quick to use and will enable you to diagnose and recognise your problem. You can also use it for a family member or friend, and it will tell you what kind of treatment you may need.

Slips and trips

Winter is the time of year when many of us fall victim to slips and trips because of the icy weather and the slippery conditions under foot. Use your head when it comes to your feet! Invest in sensible footwear with good grips. But if you do take a tumble, many aches and sprains can be treated with self-care at home without an unnecessary trip to A&E.

A&E is for real emergencies

Did you know every year millions of people go to A&E when they don’t need to? Make sure your visit is really necessary or you could either face a lengthy wait or stop someone who really needs the service from being seen.

Stay well this winter