Stock up on medicines before Christmas
Local people in Bury are being advised to make sure they speak to their pharmacist about medicines they should have at home to help them and their families through the winter season’s most common illnesses.
The top must-haves in your medicines cabinet are;
• Painkillers – aspirin, paracetamol and ibuprofen are highly effective at relieving most minor aches and pains, such as headaches and menstrual pain. These medicines also help with some minor ailments, such as the common cold, by reducing aches, pain and high temperatures.
• Antihistamines – useful for dealing with allergies and insect bites.
• Oral rehydration salts – fever, diarrhoea and vomiting make us lose water and essential minerals, and can lead to dehydration.
• Anti-diarrhoea tablets – diarrhoea is caused by a range of things, such as food poisoning or a stomach virus, and can happen without warning. It’s a good idea to keep an anti-diarrhoea medicine at home.
• Indigestion treatment – if suffering from stomach ache, heartburn or trapped wind, a simple antacid will reduce stomach acidity and bring relief.
In addition, the must-have first aid items are;
• Bandages – these can support injured limbs, such as a sprained wrist, and also apply direct pressure to larger cuts before being treated in hospital.
• Waterproof plasters – in a range of sizes.
• Digital thermometer – they produce very accurate readings; a thermometer placed under the arm is a good way to read a baby or young child’s temperature.
• Antiseptic – this can be used to clean cuts before they’re dressed (bandaged) and most can treat a range of conditions, including insect stings, ulcers and pimples.
• Eyewash solution – helps wash out grit or dirt in the eyes.
• Sterile dressings – larger injuries should be covered with a sterile dressing to prevent infection until treatment can be given by a health professional.
• Medical tape – this is used to secure dressings and can also be used to tape an injured finger to an uninjured one, creating a makeshift splint.
Dr. Kiran Patel, Chair of NHS Bury Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and local GP said: “We hope people’s Christmases are not blighted by illness or injury, but its best to be prepared just in case. Many over-the-counter medicines including paracetamol and ibuprofen will help to relieve symptoms of common winter ailments, such as colds, sore throat, cough, sinusitis or painful middle ear infection (earache).”
“Also minor cuts and bruises can also be treated at home with the correct first aid items. Patients can seek guidance about over-the-counter medicines from a pharmacist. They can offer expert health advice regarding what to use for an illness or ailment and dosage. Limited services will be open over the holidays so it is a good idea to get prepared for minor health problems to treat yourself and your family.”
When taking over-the-counter medicines, patients are strongly recommended to:
• Follow the directions on medicine packets and information leaflets, and never take more than the stated dose.
• Always keep medicines out of the sight and reach of children, ideally in a high, lockable cupboard in a cool, dry place.
• If residents already have a medicine cabinet at home then check their expiry dates. If it’s past the use-by date, do not use it and dispose of it responsibly.
Details of pharmacy opening hours over the festive period are below:
Monday 25th December 2017 Boxing Day
Tuesday 26th December 2017 New Year’s Day
Monday 1st January 2018
185 Rochdale Road
Tel: 0161 761 1011 10am – 10pm 5pm – 10pm 5pm – 10pm
Tel: 0161 447 8219 Closed 9am – 6pm 10am – 6pm
Woodfields Retail Park
Tel: 0161 764 2854 Closed 8am – 5pm Closed