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Act Fast - Feeling unwell? Don't wait, see your pharmacist

Date: 27 November 2015

Health professionals in Bromley are urging people to act quickly if they start to feel unwell over the winter months and see their local pharmacist for advice.

Dr Andrew Parson, Chair of NHS Bromley Clinical Commissioning Group said, "Many of us, especially the very young, older people and those with existing health problems are more likely to become ill once it gets colder over the winter.   If you feel like you are coming down with something, even if it’s just a cough or a cold, don’t wait until it gets worse. Act fast and see your local pharmacist. The sooner you get advice from a pharmacist the better. You won’t need an appointment."

Raj Matharu, local pharmacist and Chief Officer of the Local Pharmaceutical Committee said, "Pharmacists are fully qualified to advise on health matters. They are your health expert on the high street. If you act fast, they can offer the best course of action to help you recover quickly and get back to normal. Your pharmacist can advise if you need to see a GP.   If you can’t get to a pharmacist yourself, ask someone to go for you or call your local pharmacy".

It is also important to keep warm in winter - both inside and outdoors. Keeping warm can help prevent colds, flu and more serious health problems. Heat your home to at least 18°C (65°F).

Your pharmacist can help you in a number of ways:

Flu jab

The flu virus strikes in winter and it can be more serious than you think.   The flu jab is free if you are in one of the at risk groups.   Ask your local pharmacist (as well as your GP) for more information – let’s make Bromley flu free this winter!

You are eligible to receive a free flu jab if you:

  • are 65 years of age or over
  • are pregnant
  • have certain medical conditions
  • are very overweight
  • are living in a long-stay residential care home or other long-stay care facility
  • receive a carer's allowance, or you are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill
  • are a front-line health and social care worker

A flu nasal spray flu vaccine is also available for children aged two, three and four years old, plus children in school years one and two as part of the NHS childhood vaccination programme.

What your pharmacy offers

Pharmacists now offer more services than ever before and are within easy reach of people who need them the most.   They are qualified health professionals who can deliver expert medicines advice and an expanding range of public health services.   Many have consultation areas when you can talk to the pharmacist in private.

It's OK to ask about medicines

If you are taking regular medicines, talk to your pharmacist to make sure you are getting the best out of them.   Your pharmacist can offer repeat dispensing services, but only order the medicines you need. Make sure you have all the medicines you need for over the Christmas holiday period.

Find your nearest pharmacy

You can find your nearest pharmacy and opening times at www.nhs.uk. Lots of pharmacies are open until late and at weekends.

  • Summary:

    Health professionals in Bromley are urging people to act quickly if they start to feel unwell over the winter months and see their local pharmacist for advice.

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