We are delighted to announce that Wyvern Pharmacy have been shortlisted for an award at the Chemist & Druggist Awards 2017. This is absolutely amazing for us, given that we haven't been open a full 12 months yet! The winner will be announced at the C&D Awards in July, so fingers crossed!
But thinking of healthcare as we move towards summer, we've put a short article together on food safety for barbeques. We hope it's useful - nobody wants to wind up with food poisoning after a happy evening of al fresco dining!
1. Precooking your chicken in the oven and then “finishing off” over the coals will ensure the meat is cooked all the way through while still giving an authentic taste. This can also be done for your sausages, kebabs and burgers if you’re cooking for large numbers as it means you won’t be rushing to get plates filled.
2. Charred doesn’t mean cooked! Make sure meat is hot and cooked all the way through, with no pink bits in the middle of your burgers and bangers. It’s very easy to burn food over coals, but a blackened outside doesn’t mean the heat has got all the way through. Keep turning meat regularly on the heat and if in doubt, keep cooking.
3. Avoid contamination. Make sure your raw meat doesn’t come into contact with cooked meat or anything you will serve raw (like salads) and wipe surfaces down with a suitable disinfectant after raw meat has been on it. Although it sounds common sense, make sure your hands are clean when cooking and serving, especially after visiting the toilet. Many cases of stomach upset are caused by dirty hands from someone who is already ill.
4. Keep your plates and cutlery away from raw meat and fish – there’s no point cooking up a fancy meal if you’re adding bacteria and viruses to your guest’s food.
These simple tips will hopefully keep you safe from food poisoning, but if you start feeling sick or begin to suffer from stomach cramps, vomiting or diarrhoea then it’s possible you’ve been infected. Most people will recover in a day or two, but make sure you keep hydrated by sipping plenty of water and avoiding any fatty, dairy or spicy food. If you feel up to eating, make sure food is bland such as toast, rice, pasta or bananas. Rehydration powders from our pharmacy may help make you feel better by replacing some of the sugars and minerals lost during the illness.
Some people are at risk of a worse case of food poisoning and the advice of a doctor or other health care professional should be sought. Seek advice if babies or young children, pregnant women or the very old may have food poisoning. Medical advice is also warranted if you have kidney or heart disease, a weak immune system, can’t keep fluids down due to persistent vomiting or if your symptoms don’t get better after a few days.