Your 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. More information on pharmacies, Pharmacy First schemes and other local NHS services can be found below:
Pharmacies - East Staffordshire CCG is encouraging patients to speak to their local pharmacist about having first aid medicines on hand to treat common conditions. There are a number of medications that can be purchased from pharmacies or your local supermarket and are generally cheaper than a prescription charge. Find out more
Find a pharmacy nearby by visiting the NHS website
Pharmacy First - Pharmacy First is a scheme available for children and people who don’t have to pay for their prescriptions and are suffering from a common ailment. If you normally get your prescriptions free of charge and you’re feeling unwell, visit your pharmacist first. They can give you advice and treat a range of common ailments without the need for a doctor’s appointment. Find out more.
GP Services - GPs deal with a whole range of health problems. They also provide health education, offer advice on smoking and diet, run clinics, give vaccinations and carry out simple surgical operations. People registered with a GP surgeries can now book appointments and request repeat prescriptions at a time convenient to them, thanks to GP online services. These services enable people to book GP appointments and request repeat prescriptions via their computer, smartphone or tablet at a time that suits them rather than calling or visiting their surgery. For a complete list of GP surgeries in East Staffordshire please visit Our GP Member Practices.
NHS111 - 111 is the NHS non-emergency number. It’s fast, easy and free. Call 111 and speak to a highly trained adviser, supported by healthcare professionals. They will ask you a series of questions to assess your symptoms and immediately direct you to the best medical care for you.
NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones. You should use the NHS 111 service if you urgently need medical help or advice but it's not a life-threatening situation. Find out more.
Keeping a healthy brain - The NHS wants to help keep people like us healthy and this could lower their chances of getting dementia – symptoms caused by serious brain disease. Many people don’t know that what they do every day can help keep a healthy brain. The good news is that it’s never too late to act. An information leaflet, produced in 14 different languages, is available to download offering you tips and advice on keeping healthy. Download the ‘Dementia – keeping your brain healthy’ leaflet from the NHS Health Check website HERE.
Pulmonary Rehabilitation - a programme for people living with a lung condition in East Staffordshire. The programme includes supported exercise and education led by a specialist pulmonary rehabilitation team. The programme can be done at a local venue or remotely via a smartphone, tablet or computer.
The benefits of pulmonary rehabilitation:
- Reduces breathlessness.
- Improves fitness and amount of activity a person can do.
- Helps people feel less tired when carrying out day-to-day activities such as climbing stairs.
- Improves quality of life and makes people feel better.
- Improves independence and increases confidence when managing a lung condition.
- Increases confidence to exercise safely.
- Improves knowledge and understanding of living with a lung condition.
- Teaches practical coping skills and reduces the risk of going into hospital.
The pulmonary rehabilitation programme includes:
- An initial phone assessment
- A physical assessment
- 6-week programme – 2 sessions per week
To take part in pulmonary rehabilitation a healthcare professional will make a referral. For further details about the service, click on the following document link to read the information leaflet: Pulmonary Rehabilitation Patient Information Leaflet 2022