Barnfield Hill Surgery

Winter Coughs and Colds getting you down ?

At this time of year many of us have will suffer with one or two illnesses. Seasonal illness can be treated easily at home. You need to listen to your body, rest, feed and practice some self care. To help with this we have a few suggestions for your medicine cabinet. All items can easily be purchased from your local pharmacy who are there to help.

Don’t forget you can still book your flu vaccine with the practice!

Medicine cabinet

You can treat many minor ailments such as colds, coughs and indigestion by keeping a well-stocked medicine cabinet at home.

We suggest you keep the following:

  • Paracetamol and aspirin (children under 16 and people with asthma should not take aspirin)
  • Mild laxatives
  • Anti-diarrhoeal medicines
  • Rehydration mixture
  • Indigestion remedy (for example, antacids)
  • Cold and Cough remedies
  • Tweezers and sharp scissors
  • A thermometer
  • A selection of plasters, non-absorbent cotton wool, elastic bandages and dressings


  • Keep the medicine chest in a secure, locked place out of reach of small children
  • Always read the instructions and use the suggested 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  • Take all unwanted and out-of-date medicines back to the pharmacy

Date published: 10th January, 2024
Date last updated: 10th January, 2024