25th Apr, 2018

Solihull sun seekers reminded to pack essential medicines this summer

Sarah Mason 17th Jul, 2017

HOLIDAYMAKERS in Solihull who are travelling abroad this summer are being encouraged to pack essential medical items in their suitcase to avoid a bad bout of diarrhoea, sunstroke or accidents spoiling their holiday.

The timely holiday advice has been issued by NHS Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to ensure people in Solihull have a healthy holiday abroad.

Although holiday health may be one of the last things on people’s minds when packing, a visit to the local pharmacy before heading off either home or abroad should feature in everyone’s preparations.

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

Dr Patrick Brooke, Chief Officer at Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group said: “Nothing will ruin your trip faster than feeling unwell or having an accident.

“So, although packing a first aid kit with a few invaluable basics might seem low down on your to-do list, make it a priority as medical mishaps can happen when you travel abroad.

“These should include painkillers, anti-diarrhoea tablets, antihistamines, antiseptic cream, handwash, plasters and dressings.

“If you take regular medicines on prescription, it’s important that you have enough medication to cover your holiday period.

“Carrying all medicines in their original container with labels intact, and a copy of your prescription written by your doctor at all times is also a must.”

For more visit www.nhs.uk

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