Home Health Make your local pharmacy your first stop for minor illnesses

Make your local pharmacy your first stop for minor illnesses

by Laura Johnston

A new campaign is reminding people about the range of support available from pharmacies and that they should be the first place to go for advice and over-the-counter medicines for minor health concerns such as coughs, colds, tummy troubles and aches and pains.

With most people living within easy reach of a pharmacy, and with many pharmacies offering extended opening hours in the evenings and at weekends, the ‘Help Us, Help You – Get it seen to’ campaign highlights pharmacy teams offer fast and convenient clinical support with no appointment needed, and use of a confidential consultation room should it be required.

Every pharmacist trains for five years in the use of medicines before they qualify, and they are also trained in managing minor illnesses and providing health and wellbeing advice. They are the right people to see if you need clinical advice or over the counter medicines to help safely manage a wide range of minor health concerns.

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