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Health Toolkit

Health Toolkit

It is advisable to have a First Aid kit at home. This will enable self-help for minor injuries and illnesses and temporary help for more serious problems. Here are some recommended contents:


  • Plasters
  • Bandages
  • Scissors

General over-the-counter medicines

  • Painkillers - paracetamol, aspirin
  • Anti-afflamatories (also work for pain) - ibuprofen
  • Antihistamines for hayfever and insect bites
  • Antiseptic cream e.g. Savlon

More specific over-the-counter medicines for:

  • Constipation
  • Diarrhoea
  • Heartburn
  • Coughs
  • Cold relief
  • Prescription medication including inhaler if asthmatic

(these specific medicines are often less necessary to have in stock, but can be easily bought from pharmacies and supermarkets)

Store the medicines in a cool dry place and keep them in their original container. Throw them away when they are past their sell by date.

You should also keep a thermometer and your doctor's surgery number handy.

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