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Pharmacist, Tim Hames, talking about how a Pharmacist can help

 

Patients seeking health advice across East Staffordshire are being advised that getting medical help could be closer and faster than they think.

Our local pharmacist can offer you expert advice and medicines for a wide range of common illnesses and health problems without the need to visit your GP. Pharmacies can offer advice if you’re worried about your symptoms and let you know if you need to see your GP or get further medical advice. You don’t need to travel miles or wait for an appointment, just drop in at the pharmacy. Minor injuries units can also offer treatment for a wide range of conditions.

Pharmacies can offer advice if patients are worried about their symptoms and can let them know if they need to see their GP or get further medical advice – and they don’t need to travel miles or wait for an appointment, just drop in at the pharmacy.

Dr Charles Pidsley, Clinical chair of East Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Pharmacists are fully qualified to advise you on the best course of action if you start to feel unwell.

“Most colds, sore throats, coughs and earaches can’t be treated by antibiotics. The best thing to do is to speak to your pharmacist who can advise the best medication. You should drink lots of fluids, rest and make sure you are having at least one hot meal a day.”

All pharmacies have a consultation room where patients can talk in private to a pharmacist, and a wide range of conditions including earaches, sore throats, coughs, colds, warts, verrucas, constipation, diarrhoea, haemorrhoids, vaginal thrush and athlete’s foot can all be treated with over the counter medicines from a local pharmacy.

Peter Prokopa, Chief Officer of South Staffordshire Local Pharmaceutical Committee added “Community pharmacy teams are a trusted and very accessible part of primary care. We are the first port of call for healthcare for many people and our regular patients and the wider community really rely on us.

“We provide much more than a dispensing service – we give people information, advice and interventions. Many of the services offered, such as the Pharmacy First services, are a real help to our patients and especially to those most vulnerable; and they can really help reduce the pressure on GPs and other services.”

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For more information about pharmacies and other local NHS services visit www.eaststaffsccg.nhs.uk/your-health or www.nhs.uk