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DOCTOR CALLING: Visit your doctor before a staycation

Going on a staycation is exciting, with lots of things to plan, but taking certain essential items can help maximise your time in the sun. A visit to your local pharmacy should feature in your preparations.

Firstly, talk to your local pharmacist if you are on medication for a condition such as asthma, diabetes or a heart problem, to find out if you need a repeat prescription to take with you.

Secondly, put together a basic First Aid kit to deal with any minor health issues while you’re away. Again, your pharmacy can help with that.

First Aid kit (39355141)
First Aid kit (39355141)

A basic First aid kit should include:

• Plasters

• Dressings

• A crepe bandage

• Safety pins

• Antiseptic cream

• Sting / bite cream

• Antihistamine

• Scissors

• Painkillers such as

• Paracetamol and ibuprofen/

infant painkillers (check age

limits on medicine).

Putting these two things on your holiday ‘to do’ list will avoid unnecessary worries or time spent buying medicines or other First Aid supplies whilst you’re away. The last thing you want to be doing while you’re on holiday is searching around for painkillers, antihistamines or plasters.

A basic First Aid kit will help with minor ailments, such as stomach upsets, allergies, headaches, sunburn, insect bites, aches and sprains and strains.

The really useful interactive First Aid kit guide at www.nhs.uk can help ensure you have everything you need, or talk to your local pharmacy for advice.

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