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Wyre Forest Clinical Commissioning Group

Ask your pharmacist for health advice this winter

Ask your pharmacy

Worcestershire residents are being encouraging to talk to their pharmacist if they need help and advice managing minor health conditions this winter.

This week is ‘Ask Your Pharmacist’ Week (7-14 November), a week that aims to raise awareness of the services on offer in pharmacies to help people stay well during the winter months.

Pharmacists are trained to help people treat themselves for many common conditions, such as colds, flu, stomach bugs and aches and pains, which can be especially prevalent when the temperature drops.

Most minor conditions can be treated at home, and your local pharmacist can provide you with advice and support to help you get back on your feet as soon as possible.
Additional benefits of using your local pharmacy can include medicines reviews to ensure you’re taking the right medication at the right time, the use of private consulting rooms, and healthy living advice if you want to stop smoking or lose weight.

Pharmacies also offer additional services such as flu vaccinations, and testing for common conditions like high/low blood pressure and diabetes.

Many pharmacies offer seven-day opening, and late hours, meaning that they’re the perfect place for busy people to get help and advice that could avoid a trip to the GP.

Jane Freeguard, Head of Medicines Commissioning for the three Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning Groups, said: “Many people don’t realise the wide range of services that are available at their local pharmacy. They offer free expert advice on a wide range of health issues, support for self-care and medicines to treat common complaints such as coughs and colds, flu, sore throats, earache, backache, stomach upsets and cuts and grazes.

“Pharmacists are highly trained to offer help and support to patients and they’re available without the need to book an appointment.”

You can find out more about ‘Ask Your Pharmacist Week’, by visiting www.npa.co.uk/representing-you/campaigns/ask-your-pharmacist-week.

The NHS Choices website lists all pharmacies.  Find out your nearest by visiting www.nhs.uk, and entering your current postcode or town.


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