Issued on behalf of NHS Vale Royal Clinical Commissioning Group.
With the bank holiday just around the corner, people across Vale Royal are being urged to stay well and be prepared.
NHS Vale Royal Clinical Commissioning Group wants us to make the most of the long weekend by knowing what to do if we pick up a minor illness or injury, getting the right care sooner and not having to waiting in queues or for appointments we don’t really need.
After sharing the Seven Steps to Self-Care at Easter, the CCG has put together more advice to make sure we’re prepared for the bank holiday and into the rest of the summer.
Step 1 – Cuts and grazes
You need to clean the wound and cover it with a plaster or dressing:
- To stop bleeding, apply pressure with a bandage or towel and raise the part of the body
- If you’re treating someone else, wash and dry your hands, then clean the wound with running water
- Dry the wound and apply a waterproof plaster
- Don’t use antiseptic cream as it may slow down the healing process.
- Paracetamol or Ibuprofen should help ease any pain
Step 2 – Sprains and Strains
If you or your child has a strain or sprain, think PRICE:
- Protect the injury by
- Resting the area for at least 48 hours
- Ice packs should be used on the first day of getting the injury for 20 minutes, up to eight times
- Compress with a bandage
- Elevating the injury for an hour or so will also help the recovery and decrease the swelling
Step 3 – Insect Stings
Although they may be itchy and painful for a few days, most stings are harmless.
- Carefully remove the sting
- Wash the area with soap and water
- Cool the affected area down with a cold flannel, or an ice pack
- Raise the wound up to stop swelling
- Avoid scratching the area as it may get infected
- Antihistamine tablets, sprays or creams can also help ease symptoms.
Step 4 – Hay fever
One in five people are affected by this common allergic reaction at some point in their lives.
- Use over-the-counter medication like antihistamines when you first notice symptoms, or the pollen count is forecast to be high
- Decongestant nasal sprays will help clear a blocked nose
- Eye drops will help ease red, itchy and watery eyes
- Your local pharmacist will be able to help
Step 5 – Sun Burn and Prickly Heat
Prevention is always better than cure, so slap on the sun cream, even if it’s overcast.
If you do still get burned:
- Cool the skin with lukewarm water, the best way is in a cool bath or shower
- Get rehydrated, drink plenty of fluids
- Aftersun cream will cool the skin, and also moisturize it and relieve any tightness
- Paracetamol or Ibuprofen should help easy any pain.
Prickly heat is usually caused when we sweat more than usual:
- Stay in the shade
- Wear loose, cotton clothing
- Calamine location will soothe the affected area
Step 6 – Sickness and Diarrhoea
Most sickness and diarrhoea will usually clear up, without treatment, after a few days.
There are a few things you can do to ease the symptoms:
- Drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration. Frequent small sips of water is usually the best
- A pharmacist may suggest an oral rehydration solution
- You should try and eat something small and light when you feel able to
- Antidiarrhoeal medicines are available, but not usually necessary
Step 7 – Know where to get further advice
If you’ve followed the above steps but symptoms are continuing or getting worse, then get further medical advice:
- Get advice on non-urgent medical problems by calling NHS111, which is open 24/7 and free from any mobile or landline
- Local pharmacies are available, free of charge and without an appointment to give advice on minor conditions and the best over-the-counter medications.
You can see which pharmacies are open in Vale Royal, and when, on bank holiday Monday below.
There is also useful information on symptoms and treatments on the NHS Choices website at www.nhs.uk.