Members of the public are being encouraged to check their medicine cabinets and make sure they are fully-stocked to avoid becoming seriously unwell this winter.
NHS services, from Royal Berkshire Hospital to local GPs, are under significant pressure this winter. As a result, the public is being encouraged to take active steps to avoid becoming unwell and needing to access NHS services by making sure their medicine and first aid supplies are fully-stocked over the coming months.
According to the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, it is recommended that everyone should have the following items stocked up at home over the winter period:
All items can be purchased at your local pharmacist, who can provide further advice or information can contact their local pharmacists. Pharmacists can also help with many minor health concerns and refer you on to other services if necessary.
David Dean, Chief Executive Officer of Thames Valley Local Pharmaceutical Committee, said: “With NHS services under significant pressures this winter, it is more important than ever to take steps to help reduce your chance of becoming seriously unwell and needing to receive care. By having a fully-stocked medicine cabinet, you can keep on top of many minor illnesses and injuries and have to avoid waiting for help at A&E or with your local GP
“Pharmacists and their teams in your local Pharmacy are here to advise patients over the coming months with all their winter ailments and to provide them with a comprehensive range of over the counter medicines to help alleviate any of the traditional coughs, sore throats, and blocked noses.”
NHS services have launched a public information campaign to help reduce pressures and manage expectations this winter. To find out more information, please visit royalberkshire.nhs.uk.