Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 7°C

min temp: 1°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Video: Make the Right Call - is your first aid kit ready for an emergency?

12:30 02 July 2014

Pharmacist Michael Lord with various items needed for a first aid box.

Pharmacist Michael Lord with various items needed for a first aid box.

Having a well-stocked first aid box or medical cabinet means you can react quickly when illness strikes, and potentially avoid a trip to the GP or even the A&E.

Michael Lord, of Lord’s Pharmacy in Newmarket, said you can stock your medicine cabinet with all of the essentials using non-branded medicines for around £20.

He recommends your first aid box should contain:

• Plasters

• Eye wash

• Paracetamol - capsules for adults and liquid for children

• Indigestion remedy

• Rehydration sachets

• Pain relief gel

• Thermometer

• Sterile bandages and tubigrip

• Antihistamine - capsules for adults and liquid for children

• Loperamide Hydrochloride

Having these items to hand will mean you can start self medicating as soon as the symptoms arise and deal with minor accidents that might occur in the home.

Mr Lord said: “Everyone should have paracetamol at home, it is very good for reducing fever and as a painkiller, and if you have kids you should have a bottle of the children’s variety.

“You should always keep a thermometer at home too.”

Over-the-counter indigestion remedies can rapidly ease stomach pains, although Mr Lord advises you seek medical help if a child or elderly person who does not normally suffer from indigestion complains of stomach pains.

Tina Lord, a dispenser at the Newmarket shop, recommends a variety of rehydration as well as Loperamide Hydrochloride. “Sickness and diarrhoea effect everyone at some stage,” she said.

“The Loperamide will reduce the frequency of diarrhoea,” said Mr Lord. “And it is important, if you have been being ill for more than a couple of hours, to rehydrate yourself.”

Ms Lord suggests having a variety of plasters for various scrapes, grazes and cuts but also investing in steri-strips for slightly larger wounds that need to “knitting” back together.

Having a box of these fairly cheap ‘paper stitches’ means you could avoid going to A&E to have a small cut stitched up.

And with summer well and truly here, antihistamine in another must. Ms Lord said: “This can be used for rashes, bites, stings and hayfever.”

For more on the Make the Right Call campaign, click here

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other East Anglian Daily Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by East Anglian Daily Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique East Anglian Daily Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Police have released images of rings they believe were stolen from Essex or Suffolk

Police continue to search for the owner of jewellery believed stolen from either Essex or Suffolk and recovered by officers last Thursday.

Clacton bus crash. Image: Ashley Scott

A 16-year-old boy was airlifted to hospital with multiple injuries following a serious crash in Clacton this afternoon.

These young barn owls help with the camera settings. Picture: Brian Smith

Help can come in all shapes and sizes - but we are not sure if these barn owls are helping or hindering this poor photographer.

Accident Newmarket Barbara Stradbroke Ave.

Tributes have been paid after a cyclist died in a serious crash in Newmarket this morning.

There was a large staff at Ipswich Station in 1895.

The refurbishment of Ipswich station is nearing completion and to mark the we are looking back at the station’s history.

People are being encouraged to sign up for this year's Great East Swim training programme

People looking for a new challenge are being urged to take the plunge and sign up for this year’s Great East Swim.

A baby sparrow in a garden in Hatfield Peverel. By Paul Burns.

It’s the annual Big Garden Birdwatch this weekend, and we want to see your photographs from across Suffolk.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

MyDate24 MyPhotos24