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What's in your first aid kit? Be prepared for whatever winter throws at you; Avoid unnecessary journeys to A&E this winter by stocking up on key medicines and your first aid kit.

Byline: Adam Gray

The presents are wrapped, the stockings are up and you've stockpiled enough food to see you through until spring -- but are you prepared for any winter bugs, bumps or burns?

This winter, keep your family safe and well with a fully stockedfirst aid kit, containing everything you might need to treat any minor illnesses or a Christmas cooking mishap.

Preventable injuries occur during winter more than any other season, so having a well-stocked first-aid kit can make all the difference when accidents happen.

People tend to spend a lot more time indoors, which increases the risk of at home accidents like falls, so it's important that you're always prepared.

In the NHS we always get asked what people should be using or have in their first aid kit at home and your local pharmacy is a great place for you to stock up on first aid essentials.

Pharmacies also offer fast and convenient clinical advice for minor ailments. So if you have a minor health concern, your local pharmacy is a great first port of call. Pharmacists are experts in medicines and their uses, so speak to a pharmacist before it gets worse.

A basic first aid kit includes:

Your first aid kit should be locked and kept in a cool, dry place out of the reach of children.

Keep a first aid kit at home, and take one with you if you go on any trips or breaks away. It's also a good idea to store one in your car in case you forget to pack it - if you have more than one family car, consider making a first aid kit for each car.

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Publication:The Chronicle (Newscastle upon Tyne, England)
Date:Dec 24, 2018
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