Family Medicine Cabinet

Over the Counter Medicines

Lincolnshire West Clinical Commissioning Group have instructed GP Practices to limit the prescribing of common over the counter medicines which costs the NHS far more than it does to buy them over the counter at a pharmacy or supermarket/local shop. 

This is not a Practice decision and any complaints about this matter should be sent to LincolnshireWest CCG via the following link:

Lincolnshire West CCG - Over the counter medicines notice

Family Medicines

Here is a list of useful medicines and dressings with a suggestion for their use. Keep in a box or cupboard with a lock and store out of the reach of children.

Soluble Aspirin &/or Paracetamol   For adults and children. Good for head ache, colds, sore sneezethroat and painful bruises

Paracetamol mixture   For relief of pain in young children 

Sedative cough linctus   For dry or painful coughs, but not coughs caused by colds

Menthol crystals   Add to hot water to make a steam inhalation for treating catarrh and dry or painful coughs

Vapour rub   Again use for steam inhalations. Also useful for children with stuffy noses, rubbed on to the chest and nose

Antiseptic Solution   One teaspoon in warm water for cleansing cuts and grazes

Antiseptic cream   For treatment of spots, sores on the nose and grazes

first_aid_bagCalamine lotion   For dabbing on insect bites, stings and sunburn

Dressing strips   For minor cuts 3” crepe bandage To keep dressings in place. To support sprained or bruised joints

Cotton wool   For cleaning cuts and grazes

Digital Thermometer   For fevers

Tweezers   For removing splinters


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