Stock Up on Medicine Cabinet Essentials say Shropshire Health Bosses

12 November 2019 10:59am

Residents are being encouraged to stock up on medicine cabinet essentials as part of a new health campaign launched by NHS Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

A series of pop-up events are also planned offering people healthcare advice and the chance to ask any questions they might have on self care remedies.

As part of Self Care Week 2019, which runs from Monday, 18 November, to Sunday, 24 November, this latest campaign from the CCG recommends that medicine cabinets are fully stocked over the colder months to help ease symptoms straightaway and to aid a faster recovery.

Health bosses say that it is not always necessary to see a GP for common ailments, such as coughs and colds, as the symptoms of these can be eased with the help of a healthy medicine cabinet.

Essentials for a medicine cabinet include ibuprofen, paracetamol, antiseptic cream, indigestion treatment and plasters – all available to buy without a prescription at a small cost from a pharmacy, supermarket and other stores.

With advice and tips on what you need to keep in your medicine cabinet this winter, come along and meet our Medicines Management Team at Shropshire CCG.

Event details:

Monday, 18 November, 2019:

  • Albrighton Medical Practice, Shaw Lane, Albrighton, WV7 3DT (9am-11am)
  • Bridgnorth Medical Practice, Northgate Health Centre, Bridgnorth, WV16 4EN (12pm-2pm)
  • Much Wenlock & Cressage Medical Practice, Kingsway Lodge, King Street, Much Wenlock, TF13 6BL (3pm-5pm)

Wednesday, 20 November 2019:

  • Pontesbury Medical Practice, Hall Bank, Pontesbury, SY5 0RF (2pm-3pm)
  • Severn Fields Medical Practice, Sundorne Road, Shrewsbury, SY1 4RQ (4pm-5pm)

Friday, 22 November, 2019:

  • Plas Fynnon Medical Practice, Middleton Road, Oswestry, SY11 2RB (9am-11pm)
  • Wem & Prees Medical Practice, New Street, Wem, SY4 5AF (12pm-2pm)
  • Churchmere Medical Practice, Trimpley Street, Ellesmere, SY12 0DB (3pm-5pm)

Dr Julian Povey, Chair of Shropshire CCG, said: “A healthy medicine cabinet is a simple but significant way to help you, your family, and your local NHS.

“A lot of minor aliments can be treated at home but you should make an appointment to see your GP if you have an illness or injury that will not go away, such as persistent vomiting, ear pain, stomach ache or backache.

“Calling NHS 111 or speaking to a local pharmacist is also a good way to get healthcare advice and treatment without the need to book an appointment. Help is free, plus if you are unsure whether you need to see a doctor you can just ask for their advice.”

For more information on minor ailments that can be treated at home, please visit: www.shropshireccg.nhs.uk/health-advice/self-care.