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What to have in your first aid kit

What to have in your first aid kit

As part of Calderdale Council’s #resilience takeover week, organisations around Calderdale, including the CCG, are taking to social media tell people what it is that makes them resilient for the future.

We’re building resilience in frontline NHS services, including by improving access to GP services, but there are many things you can do to boost your own resilience.

For example, keeping a well-stocked first-aid kit can help you treat minor injuries at home.


Your first aid kit should contain

Bandages – to support sprained and injured limbs, and to apply direct pressure to larger cuts before being treated in hospital

Plasters – a range of sizes, waterproof if possible

Thermometer – digital thermometers give very accurate readings; under-arm or ear thermometers are good ways to read a baby or young child’s temperature

Antiseptic – this can be used to clean cuts before they’re bandaged, and most can treat insect stings, ulcers and spots; alcohol-free antiseptic wipes are useful to clean cuts

Eyewash solution – to wash out grit or dirt in the eyes

Sterile dressings – to dress larger injuries to prevent infection until treatment can be given by a health professional

Medical tape –used to stick dressings on the skin and can also be used to tape an injured finger to an uninjured one, creating a makeshift splint

Tweezers – for taking out splinters (if left in the skin they can cause pain and infection)


A small amount of money spent on the contents of a first-aid kit can make a big difference when treating injuries at home, boost your resilience and reduce the burden on NHS services.

For first-aid tips visit

For more information about kindness, resilience, and celebrating everything that makes Calderdale the place it is, visit the Vision 2024 web page.

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