Did you know that you can treat many minor illnesses and injuries without having to see a doctor at all?
As well as dispensing prescriptions, pharmacists provide a range of services and
provide ‘on the spot’ help and advice on minor ailments such as:
• coughs, colds or flu
• skin conditions
• aches and pains like headaches, earache and backache
• minor cuts and bruises
• help losing weight or giving up smoking.
Don’t forget that pharmacists are trained health professionals and offer a convenient local service, opening on evenings and weekends.
Many are open long hours when other health care professionals are unavailable including weekends, late nights and bank holidays.
There are several different types and sizes of community pharmacies, ranging from the large chains to small individually owned pharmacies and a qualified pharmacist will be available in each pharmacy.
NHS could save about £380 million a year if 1 in 4 patients consulted their local pharmacist about minor ailments instead of their GP.
The services that may be available from your Community Pharmacy are:
- Emergency contraception
- Truss fittings
- Incontinence supplies
- Needle exchange
- Pregnancy testing
- Taking Blood samples
- Health Heart check ups
- Reviewing your medicines with you
- Prescription collection and delivery service
- Advice on stopping smoking
- Chlamydia testing
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