Minor illness? Talk to your pharmacist

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It’s national Ask Your Pharmacist Week (11-18 November)

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Remember to ‘think pharmacy first’ if you need advice or treatment for common illnesses like coughs, colds, eye infections and earaches.

As highly trained health care professionals, there’s a lot more that community pharmacists can help you with too.

Sometimes people go to a doctor or even a hospital for things that could be sorted out more conveniently at the pharmacy. You can consult your pharmacist about a wide range of health care issues, not just about medicines.

So, for convenient access to medicines, NHS services, support for healthy living and prompt clinical advice, Ask Your Pharmacist!

 

Get the right advice from the right people in a place convenient for you!

Pharmacists work with other professionals, such as doctors and nurses, to give you the best possible care as part of the NHS team.

Every pharmacist trains initially for five years in the use of medicines, managing minor illnesses and providing health & wellbeing advice.  Pharmacists continue to develop their clinical and professional skills throughout their career.

All pharmacy staff have accredited medicines training.

Your community pharmacy is the right place to go for help with minor illnesses such as coughs, colds, eye infections and earache.  The pharmacist can give clinical advice on many other matters too.

Sometimes your local doctors’ surgery will suggest you see your local pharmacist for convenient, professional advice and treatment for minor illnesses.  Or your pharmacist may refer you to the GP, if it’s something that can’t be sorted out in the pharmacy or requires further investigation.

Working together so you get the right health care advice and support in the right place, from the right people.