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Get ready for winter- Stock up your medicine cabinet

As the temperature drops, you’re probably stocking up on cans of soup, and digging out your hat, scarf and gloves from the back of the chest of drawers.

However, have you also thought about stocking up your medicine cabinet appropriately so that you’re prepared for the usual winter coughs, colds and bugs?

Before the winter bugs strike, check your medicine cabinet and make sure you have the following basics to get you through the next few months:

• Your usual painkillers, such as paracetamol, ibuprofen or aspirin
• Cold and flu remedies
• Oral rehydration salts
• Indigestion remedies
• Plasters
• Bandages
• Thermometer
• Tissues

Don’t forget too that your local pharmacist can offer you free, qualified health advice at any time, and no appointment is necessary. From coughs and colds to aches and pains, they can give you expert help on everyday illnesses and answer any questions about prescribed and over-the-counter medicines.

To find your nearest pharmacist log onto www.nhs.uk

Also, don’t ‘forget your prescriptions over Christmas as your surgery and pharmacy will be operating at different times throughout the holiday period. If your GP prescribes medication for you, make sure you are taking it correctly. Unused or misused medications such as antibiotics can lead to worsening health conditions and more treatments. By doing your part and only ordering what you need you are helping to reduce the cost of wasted medicines, which means these savings could be put towards other health services.

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