First Aid / Accidents / Injuries

In this category you will find information on common injuries and accidents that can occur and how to deal with them. The information in our doctor-authored leaflets includes how these conditions are disgnosed and treated, as well as common complications that can arise. If a member of your family has epilepsy and you need to know "How do I deal with a seizure?" or if there's a budding sportsman in your household and you need "What are the symptoms of shin splints?" you will find answers in this section. Some of the leaflets have been adapted (with permission) from St John ambulance first aid information and are designed to help you cope with situations like burns, bleeding and bites. Others help you cope until appropriate help arrives, such as 'Dealing with a Heart Attack' or 'Dealing with a Stroke'.

A Knocked-out ToothAchilles Tendon Rupture
Advice for Travel AbroadAltitude/Mountain Sickness
Ankle InjuriesAnti-inflammatory Painkillers
Broken Arm (Upper)Broken Arm (Upper) - Causes
Broken Arm (Upper) - Diagnosis and TreatmentBroken Arm (Upper) - Outlook and Complications
Broken Arm (Upper) - SymptomsBurns and Scalds
Care of Rib InjuriesCommon Dislocations
Complex Regional Pain SyndromeCramps in the Leg
Cuts (Lacerations)Dealing with a Baby who is Unresponsive
Dealing with a Child who is UnresponsiveDealing with a Heart Attack
Dealing with a NosebleedDealing with a Stroke
Dealing with an Adult who is UnresponsiveDealing with an Allergic Reaction
Dealing with Breathing ProblemsDealing with Eye Injuries
Dealing with FracturesDealing with Hyperglycaemia (High Blood Sugar)
Dealing with Hypoglycaemia (Low Blood Sugar)Dealing with Poisoning
Dealing with ShockDealing with the Effects of Cold
Dealing with the Effects of HeatDog and Cat Bites
Dog and Cat Bites - CausesDog and Cat Bites - Complications
Dog and Cat Bites - PreventionDog and Cat Bites - Treatment
Dog and Cat Bites - When to seek medical adviceEpilepsy - Dealing with a Tonic-clonic Seizure
Extradural HaematomaFrostbite
Hamstring InjuriesHead Injury Instructions
Head Injury Instructions - AftercareHead Injury Instructions - Assessment
Head Injury Instructions - SymptomsHeat and Ice Treatment for Pain
Hip FractureHuman Bites
Human Bites - ComplicationsHuman Bites - Tests
Human Bites - TreatmentHuman Bites - When to seek medical advice
Insect Bites and StingsKnee Ligament Injuries
Mallet FingerMetatarsalgia
PainkillersParacetamol Poisoning
Paracetamol Poisoning - CausesParacetamol Poisoning - Diagnosis
Paracetamol Poisoning - SymptomsParacetamol Poisoning - Treatment
Pelvic FracturesPelvic Fractures - Causes
Pelvic Fractures - Complications and recoveryPelvic Fractures - Diagnosis
Pelvic Fractures - SymptomsPelvic Fractures - Treatment
Post-concussion SyndromePreventing Acute Mountain Sickness
Scaphoid Wrist FractureShin Splints (Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome)
Slipped (Prolapsed) DiscSpinal Disc Problems (including Red Flag Signs)
Sports InjuriesSprains and Strains
Strong Painkillers (Opioids)Subdural Haematoma
Tennis ElbowTopical Anti-inflammatory Painkillers
TorticollisTorticollis - Causes
Torticollis - Symptoms and DiagnosisTorticollis - Treatment
Whiplash Neck SprainWound Infection