Keep your medicine cabinet stock

NHS Cambridgeshire is reminding people to keep their medicine cabinets well stocked this winter.

Dr Christine Macleod, Medical Director at NHS Cambridgeshire said: “Even the most minor of ailments can be disruptive to everyday life. It is important that people know how to Choose Well this winter - as many common ailments can be treated by everyday medicine in your medicine cabinet. Therefore you should make sure that you have good stocks of all essential supplies.

You should always follow the directions on medicine packets and information leaflets - and you should never exceed the stated dose. If you have any questions about how you should take any medicine, you should always ask the advice of your pharmacist. Medicines should be out of sight and reach of children. If you can, store your medicine in a high lockable cupboard in cool, dry place.

You should also ensure that you regularly check the expiry date of your medication. If medicine is past its use by date, dont use it or throw it away - take it to your pharmacy - where it can be disposed of safely.”

What to stock in your medicine cabinet: Pain relief, antihistamines, oral rehydration salts, anti-diarrhoea tablets, indigestion treatment, bandages, plasters, thermometer, antiseptic, eyewash solution, sterile dressings, medical tape and tweezers.