Having a basic car first aid kit in their cars should be something that all drivers here in the UK should aspire to. A good basic kit can be used to deal with any simple injuries that drivers and/or passengers may sustain in road traffic accidents or other incidents that may arise.
You can put your own basic car first aid kit together using the list shown below, or you can buy one of a number of different vehicle first aid kits that have been assembled in accordance with BS8599-2, as approved by the HSE (Health and Safety Executive). You can view a number of these first-aid kits on the FirstAid4Less website.
Compiling your own basic car first aid kit
If you are considering compiling your own basic car first aid kit, here are few suggestions for the essentials:
- Sticking plasters in a variety of shapes and sizes
- Sterile gauze dressings in a number of shapes and sizes
- A small quantity (minimum of 2) of sterile eye dressings
- Eye bath and wash
- Triangular bandages for slings etc.
- Rolled crêpe bandages
- A pack of disposable sterile gloves
- A small number of safety pins for pinning bandages and slings
- A pair of scissors
- A pair of tweezers
- Cleansing wipes (preferably alcohol free)
- Stick tape
- Cream, spray or ointment for skin rashes
- Cream, spray or ointment for insect bites and stings
- Antihistamine tablets
- Antiseptic cream or spray
- Thermometer (digital type thermometers are best)
- Aspirin, Ibuprofen, and/or Paracetamol tablets for killing pain
- Cough medicine
- Small bottle of distilled water to clean wounds with
A basic car first-aid kit containing these items should ensure you are prepared for dealing with most minor emergencies.
The in-house pharmacy at Broadgate GP Clinic London Wall
If you live and/or work in London and you are looking for somewhere to buy all of these items, you can visit the in-house pharmacy here at Broadgate Clinic London Wall.
If you are looking for anything specific and you want to check if it is in stock, call us on 020 7638 4330.
Travelling with a basic car first aid kit in your vehicle is a must. If you haven’t got one already, call us or drop in to our walk-in GP clinic in-house pharmacy today. You’ll also find useful information and travel advice at our walk-in travel clinic.