This page is for people who have received treatment for a variety of different wounds, such as cuts, grazes or scrapes. It is not intended for patients who have had an operation.

Wound care

Your wound has been treated with one or more of the following:

  • Suturing (stitches)
  • Staples (clips)
  • Adhesive wound closure strips
  • Medical glue (super glue)

All wounds should be kept clean and dry while healing is taking place. Do not cover the wound with waterproof fingerstalls or plastic gloves.

All wounds heal in time but following the advice in this page will reduce the healing time and help to prevent infections.

If your wound re-opens, please return to the department or make an appointment to see the practice nurse at your GP’s surgery.


As with stitches, removal of the staples should be arranged with your GP or practice nurse. The stitches will usually be removed by the practice nurse at your GP’s surgery. You are responsible for making the necessary appointment.


As with stitches, removal of the staples should be arranged with the practice nurse at your GP’s surgery. When you leave the Emergency Department you will be provided with a staple remover which you will need to give the practise nurse.

If the staples are in your scalp - only wash your hair once during this period. Make sure that you rinse the shampoo from your hair thoroughly.

Take care when brushing your hair as you may tug the staples.

Adhesive wound closure strips

Lightly dampen the wound closure strips then carefully peel them off. You can do this at home or if you prefer, make an appointment with the practice nurse at your GP’s surgery.


Glue does not need to be removed. Just like a scab, it will fall off. Do not pick the scab. Warm water will help lift any remaining glue from the healed wound.

Contact information

If you find that your wound is becoming red, sticky or smelly, or increasingly painful you should contact your GP or NHS 111 for advice.

NHS 111

Tel: 111

Further information



If you suffer any cuts and grazes in the future, the following website gives you information about how you can treat at home and when to seek professional help:

Printable version of this page

Wound care advice GHPI0767_01_24 Department: Emergency Medicine Review due: January 2027 PDF, 278.5 KB, 3 pages
Reference number GHPI0767_01_24
Department Emergency Medicine
Review due January 2027