It is always a good idea to have a stock of ‘over-the-counter’ medicines and first aid items at home to deal with minor illnesses and injuries, especially as the Christmas holidays are fast approaching and your medical centre opening times may change. All items are fairly inexpensive and are usually available from the NAAFI and local apotheke.

Medicine Cabinet

  • Paracetamol and Ibuprofen: for adults and children over 16 years old. Good for headaches, colds, sore throats and painful bruises.
  • Paracetamol and Ibuprofen Suspension (liquid form): for the relief of pain or fever in young children.
  • ‘Over the counter’ cough medicines: there is no good evidence on the effectiveness of over the counter cough medicines so their use is not recommended. However, they are available for purchase and can be used at your discretion. Most cough medicines should not be used for children under 6 years old, so check packaging for further information.
  • Vapour Rub: for steam inhalations or to rub onto chest or nose. Useful for children with stuffy noses or dry coughs.
  • Antiseptic cream: for treating spots, sores and grazes.
  • Calamine Lotion: for dabbing (not rubbing) on insect bites, stings and chicken pox.
  • You may also want to buy an antacid (such as Gaviscon), anti-diarrhoea (Immodium) and First Aid Kit
  • laxatives (such as Sennokot).
    Even common medications such as these can be unsuitable for people with certain conditions so always read the leaflet and, if in doubt, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

First Aid Kit

  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Plasters in a variety of shapes and sizes
  • Medical sticky tape
  • Gauze pads
  • Crepe (stretchy bandages)
  • Thermometers - it is no longer recommended to use a glass mercury thermometer, your
  • local Chemist will sell strips or digital thermometers for you to purchase.
  • Tweezers – for removal of splinters and ticks, but never for removing foreign objects from the nose, ears or eyes. This job is best left to a trained medical professional.

Remember to keep medicines in a lockable box, cabinet or cupboard and store well out of reach of children. Check the expiry date of each item regularly and return any out of date medication to your pharmacist for safe disposal.

For further advice regarding medicines for your cabinet, please visit the NHS Choices website www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/your-medicine-cabinet/ . For further information about your healthcare see www.patient-wise.de or Facebook page BFG/EJSU Healthcare.