Date: 09 November 2016
Organised by the National Pharmacy Association (NPA) and in line with Bromley Clinical Commissioning Group’s existing commitment to help relieve pressure on other NHS primary healthcare services, this year’s Ask Your Pharmacist Week (7-14 November) is centered around the theme More Than Medicines.
Pharmacists across Bromley will be reminding residents of the enormous range of services available in local pharmacies – beyond just medicines - that might otherwise remain overlooked.
Sharing many key features of the NHS Stay Well This Winter campaign, Ask Your Pharmacist Week is about encouraging people to be more mindful of the choices available when seeking healthcare, particularly for minor ailments such as cold and flu.
Often, people make unnecessary trips to the GP or even A&E, when the neighbourhood pharmacy could help instead.
Andrew Parson, local GP and Clinical Chair of Bromley CCG explains that “Pharmacists are unique amongst qualified healthcare professionals as they are available without appointment and provide top-tier expert treatment options and advice.“
“While GPs are often the first point of contact for many, patients are often surprised just how many services are easily available at their local pharmacy such as personalised medicines advice, help to quit smoking and maintain good sexual health, treatment for minor ailments and advice on preventing disease.”
“Most pharmacies now have consultation rooms where you can discuss your health concerns privately with a pharmacist, and they will refer you to another health care professional or service whenever necessary.“
As part of Ask Your Pharmacist Week the NPA is organising a range of activities in support of the campaign.
Visit www.npa.co.uk for more information.
This year’s Ask Your Pharmacist Week (7-14 November) is centered around the theme More Than Medicines