17 January 2013
As the North West experiences its first cold snap of the winter, Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Trust and the NHS is advising people to make sure they stock up on some medicine cabinet essentials.
Snow is forecast for some areas tomorrow (Friday 18 January) and over the weekend which could result in some people being stuck at home; and NHS hospitals dealing with high numbers of people injured due to slips, trips and falls.
By visiting your local chemist to stock on some essentials, you will be better prepared to help you and your family cope with common complaints such as colds, coughs, stomach upsets, flu and earache. It also means that A&E, 999 and GP services have more time to deal with serious and life-threatening conditions, such as heart-attacks, strokes, breathing problems and serious accidents.
Some basic advice that everyone can use includes:
- Use paracetamol if you have a temperature caused by coughs, cold and flu
- Paracetamol can also be used for pain relief for complaints such as earache, stomach ache, sore throats, general aches and sprains
- Anti-diarrhoea and re-hydration mixtures for adults if they have an upset stomach
- Get plenty of rest and drink lots of fluids
Your local high-street chemist can give you advice on the best medicines to take for you and your family. Always read the instructions for any medicines and do not take more than the recommended dose.
If your symptoms suddenly deteriorate or fail to improve over a week contact your GP.
NHS organisations across the North West are backing the Choose Well campaign that aims to reduce the number of people who go to A&E or dial 999 with common complaints such as coughs and colds.
For more information about self-care options for common complaints go to www.nhs.uk.