Date: 28 February 2018
'Stay Well Pharmacy' is a new national campaign encouraging people, especially parents and carers of children under the age of five, to visit their local pharmacy team first for clinical advice for minor health concerns such as sore throats, coughs, colds, tummy troubles, teething and aches and pains.
Community pharmacists and pharmacy technicians are qualified healthcare professionals who are the right people to see if you need clinical advice or over the counter medicines to help safely manage a wide range of minor health concerns.
Pharmacists are trained in managing minor illness and can assess symptoms and recommend the best course of treatment or simply provide reassurance, for instance when a minor illness will get better on its own with a few days' rest. If symptoms suggest it's something more serious, they have the right clinical training to ensure people get the help they need.
With most people in Bromley living within easy reach of a pharmacy and with many pharmacies offering extended opening hours in the evenings and at weekends, pharmacy teams offer fast and convenient clinical support with no appointment needed. Most community pharmacies (over 90% nationally) now offer a private consultation room, suitable for a confidential conversation, should it be requested.
Using a pharmacy for minor health concerns will help free up GP time for more urgent appointments and help reduce non-emergency A&E visits.
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. Where necessary, your pharmacist can advise if you need to see a GP.’
Visit the Stay Well Pharmacy website for more information and to help you find your nearest NHS pharmacy services and opening hours.
You can also find out more my visiting the 'Self-care for life!' section of the CCG website.
Pharmacists are trained in managing minor illness and can assess symptoms and recommend the best course of treatment or simply provide reassurance