NHS Salford Clinical Commissioning Group is supporting a new ‘Stay Well Pharmacy’ campaign which aims to raise awareness of the front line health services offered by pharmacies.
The campaign encourages people, especially parents of children aged five years or under, to use pharmacies rather than visiting their GP for minor health concerns.
It aims to increase people’s confidence and trust in the advice given by community pharmacy teams.
If you or any family members have any minor health concerns such as coughs, sore throat, colds, a stomach upset, teething troubles or aches and pains, then your local community pharmacy should be your first port of call to get clinical advice and treatment.
Dipesh Raghwani, local pharmacist andClinical Lead for the Greater Manchester Local Pharmaceutical Committee, said: “Pharmacists are healthcare experts and are the right people to see if you need clinical advice for a minor health concern.
“Pharmacists train for five years to become experts in healthcare and medication, and with 95% of people living within walking distance of a pharmacy, customers can be assessed immediately, without the need for an appointment.
“The majority of minor illnesses can be effectively treated in the pharmacy with health advice and over-the-counter medicines.
“Parents can be assured that pharmacists are trained to identify any warning signs of more serious illnesses and will refer appropriately if your child needs urgent care.”
Most people live within easy reach of a pharmacy and many offer extended opening hours in the evenings and at weekends. Pharmacy teams offer fast and convenient clinical support with no appointment needed.
Most pharmacies now have a private consultation room, suitable for a confidential conversation, should it be required.
Using a pharmacy for minor health concerns will help free up GP time to see patients with more serious illnesses and will help reduce non-emergency A & E visits.
For more information visit nhs.uk/staywellpharmacy, where you can also find your nearest NHS pharmacy services and opening hours.