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Stay well with a visit to your local pharmacy

by Laura Johnston

If you’re suffering with a sore throat, cough, cold or other minor health concern did you know you can visit your local pharmacy first for professional healthcare advice.

With most people living within easy reach of a pharmacy and with many pharmacies offering extended opening hours in the evenings and at weekends, pharmacy teams offer fast and convenient clinical support with no appointment needed.

A new campaign ‘Stay Well Pharmacy’ aims to remind people about the support available from your local pharmacy, especially the parents and carers of children under the age of five.

Community pharmacists and pharmacy technicians are qualified healthcare professionals who 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.

Cllr Shelley Powell, Cabinet Member for Public Health, Wellbeing and Customer Services said:

“Pharmacists are trained in managing minor illness, such as sore throats, coughs, colds, tummy troubles, teething as well as aches and pains. They can assess symptoms and recommend the best course of treatment or simply provide reassurance, for instance when a minor illness will get better on its own with a few days’ rest.

“Visiting the pharmacy is really convenient as no appointment is needed and if you prefer you can ask to use the private consultation room. Where necessary the pharmacy team can refer patients to further professional help.”

Using a pharmacy for minor health concerns will help free up GP time for more urgent appointments and help reduce non-emergency A&E visits.

Find your nearest NHS pharmacy services and opening hours.