For local people struggling with a cough, cold or other minor health problem this winter, the good news is that community pharmacists are here to help.
Pharmacists are highly qualified healthcare professionals who can offer clinical advice. With five years of training, pharmacists are experts in identifying the right over the counter medicines to effectively and safely manage a range of minor health concerns, such as coughs, colds, sore throats, tummy troubles, aches and pains and many more.
As part of the NHS ‘Help Us, Help You’ initiative, the NHS across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland are highlighting how local pharmacy teams offer a fast and convenient clinical service for minor health concerns with no appointment needed and use of a private consultation room if required. And, if symptoms suggest it’s something more serious, pharmacists have the right clinical training to ensure people get the help they need immediately and can refer patients to a GP or Emergency Departments where necessary.
Community pharmacists offer a more convenient, quicker way to obtain clinical advice on minor health concerns, and can consult with patients in a private consultation room with no need for an appointment. People who have called 111 about a minor illness now also have the option to see a pharmacist instead of being referred to a GP or walk in centre, which frees up these services to treat people with greater clinical need.
However, if your symptoms suggest it’s something more serious, pharmacists have the right clinical training to make sure you get the help you need immediately and can refer patients to a GP or Emergency Departments where necessary.
Most people live within easy reach of a pharmacy, there are around 11,700 locations in England and many offer extended opening hours in the evenings and at the weekends. Find your nearest pharmacy here.
Community pharmacies in England provide a service to around 1.2 million people every day. 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.
By following the expert advice of community pharmacists, you can help the NHS help you stay well; prevent an illness getting worse; take the best course of action; and get well again sooner.
Don’t wait for minor health concerns to get worse – speak to your local pharmacy team to get advice right there and then. Help us, help you, before it gets worse.