Tuesday, January 23, 2018
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Helping YourSelf

Many common ailments and minor accidents can be dealt with safely at home. The NHS Direct self-help guide “Not feeling well?” is available at the back of all current Thomson Local Directories distributed in England Since April 2004. We also stock leaflets which provide advice on dealing with common ailments.

 It is possible to treat many minor ailments and accidents by keeping a well-stocked medicine cabinet at home. We suggest you keep the following:

  • Paracetamol/aspirin/ibuprofen tablets for headaches, colds, sore throats and painful bruises (children under 16 and people with asthma should not take aspirin)
  • Paracetamol syrups to relieve pain and fever in young children.
  • A selection of plasters, non-absorbent cotton wool, elastic bandages and sterile dressings
  • Mild Laxatives
  • Anti-diarrhoeal mixture
  • Rehydration mixture
  • Indigestion remedy (for example, antacids)
  • Antiseptic cream to treat sores, spots and grazes
  • Vapour Rub for steam inhalations or to rub on the chest of a child with a stuffy nose or cough
  • Menthol crystals to make steam inhalations to treat catarrh and dry or painful cough
  • Travel sickness tablets
  • Sunscreen – SPF15 or higher
  • Calamine lotion (for dabbing onto insect bites, stings and sunburn)
  • Tweezers
  • Sharp scissors
  • A thermometer for fevers



  • Keep the medicine chest in a secure, locked place out of reach of small children
  • Always read the instructions and use the suggested closes
  • Watch expiry dates – don’t keep or use medicines past their sell by date, destroy any past their sell by date
  • Be sensible, ask for advice and if in doubt, consult your doctor


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