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Family Medicine Chest

med cabThis is a list of inexpensive but useful medicines for minor illnesses. Keep them in a cupboard that is either locked or out of reach of children or steam.

  • Soluble aspirin (over 16 year olds only)
  • Eucalyptus drops
  • Dressing strips
  • Thermometer
  • Paracetamol mixture
  • Calamine lotion
  • Crepe bandage
  •  Antiseptic solution
  • Cotton wool
  • Vapour rub
  • Sling


Keep the medicine box in a secure, locked, place out of reach of small children. Always read the instructions and use the recommended dose. Watch expiry dates - don't keep or use medicines past their sell-by date. Take all unwanted and out-of-date medicines back to the pharmacy.

Remember not to give aspirin to anyone under 16 years of age. If in doubt please check with a pharmacist.

Over the Counter Medicines

After talking to patients about over counter medicines for minor conditions and understanding their experiences, the local Clinical Commissioning Group is asking GP's to no longer prescribe medicines on prescription for the short term treatment of minor ailments, low dose vitamin D supplements for prevention of deficiency and some specialised infant formulas. Patients will be asked to purchase them over the counter instead either from their local pharmacy or shop. 

Community Pharmacists are best placed to help and advise people about suitable treatment for minor conditions. They are a great source of information, advice and guidance and you can buy your medicines cheaply and easily for minor conditions. The pharmacist will ask you questions to ensure that there is no other reason as to why you cannot take the medication.

However if you are worried or your symptoms get worse or persist you can still make an appointment to see your GP. By visiting your pharmacy you will help to free up valuable GP and nurse time, which can be used to deal with more complex or serious health needs. 

Click here for further information about Over The Counter Medicines

Click here to download FAQ - Your Questions Answered regarding over the counter products

For more information regarding Vitamin D deficiency please follow the links:

Vitamin D 

Vitamin D in Children

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