First Aid

Nine out of 10 adults lack first aid skills

Would you know what to do in a first aid emergency? If research by the British Red Cross is anything to go by, most of us wouldn’t.

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First Aid

How you can help make medicines safer

The medicines you get on prescription from your GP and those you buy over the counter at your local pharmacy are safe and effective. But side effects can happen, says the government’s Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

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First Aid

Cardiac arrest: could you help save someone’s life?

If someone has a cardiac arrest – which is when the heart suddenly stops beating unexpectedly – the sooner they’re treated, the better their chances of surviving. In fact according to the British Heart Foundation, after a cardiac arrest every minute without CPR and defibrillation reduces someone’s chance of survival by 10 percent

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First Aid

Better first aid awareness could reduce A & E pressures

The pressure on over-stretched hospital A&E departments regularly makes the news these days. But according to the British Red Cross, improving first aid education could make life easier for A&E staff as well as hospital patients.

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Summer activities: how to prevent sports injuries

Now that the summer weather is hotting up, many people are heading outdoors to work out and play sports. But whatever activity you take part in, there’s always a risk you could sustain a sports injury – whether you’re new to exercise or a seasoned sports person.

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First Aid

How to manage your medicines

If you take any medicines – whether prescription or over-the-counter varieties, either regularly or occasionally – it’s easy to put them in your medicine cabinet and forget about them until you need them. But looking after your medicines is important. After all, when they’re kept at your local pharmacy, medicines are very carefully stored and controlled. When you get them home, however, it’s up to you to make sure they’re managed safely and effectively.

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First Aid Kit

Use this interactive first aid kit to find out what to keep in your kit and how to use it. With tips and a list of what to buy.

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Allergy

Anaphylaxis: what should you do?

Extreme allergic reactions – called anaphylaxis – aren’t common. But according to the online medical resource Patient, it’s estimated there are between one and three cases in every 10,000 people each year in the UK.

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How to be prepared for outdoor mishaps

As the weather becomes warmer and drier, many people start spending more time outdoors. But whether you’re planning a full-day country hike or an hour of relaxation in your back garden, being outdoors – especially during the warmer weather – comes with a number of health hazards.

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First Aid

How to have a safe bonfire night’s party

Many people love fireworks. But no matter how many official safety warnings are given each year, too many people – including small children – get injured on November 5th, says the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).

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