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Cuts & Grazes

Wash the wound thoroughly with water and a little soap. Press on the wound, for example using a clean handkerchief or tissue. Bleeding can usually be stopped by firm pressure for about five minutes. Now apply a clean, dry dressing such as a sticking plaster

When to see the doctor...

If the wound is dirty and you have not had a tetanus injection for the last ten years you may need a tetanus booster. Contact your doctor or the local casualty department for advice. If the cut is deep and the edges cannot be pulled together you may need stitches or a steristrip dressing. Contact your doctor or the local casualty department.