Pharmacists are trained healthcare professionals who can easily help with minor illnesses such as coughs and colds, itchy eyes and earache. If symptoms indicate something that may be more serious, they can signpost you to other NHS services, such as a GP or A&E to get the help you need.

With no appointment needed, local pharmacy teams offer a fast and convenient service and if needed can speak to you in the privacy of a consultation room.

New data reveals that although 82 per cent of people aged 18 to 40 trust the advice provided by their local pharmacist only 19 per cent of people said they would go to a pharmacy first when experiencing minor health concerns (e g cough, cold or earache).

While 93 per cent of people know where their local pharmacy is nearly half of those surveyed do not use it when experiencing minor health concerns, opting to speak to their GP first. 64 per cnt of those aged 18 to 40 did not know that pharmacists train for five years before they’re fully qualified.

So, if you’re experiencing a minor health concern speak to your local pharmacist to get expert advice straight away.

For more information on how pharmacies can help you, visit the NHS England website.

Find a local pharmacy using NHS England’s pharmacy locator.

Sore throat - your pharmacist can help

Pharmacy First

PATIENTS are now able to get treatment for seven common conditions at their high street pharmacy without needing to see a GP. If you call your GP for an appointment for one of the conditions they may refer you to the Pharmacy First service to save you waiting for an appointment. You can also just go straight to the pharmacist.

Highly trained pharmacists will be able to assess and treat patients for sinusitis, sore throat, earache, infected insect bite, impetigo, shingles, and uncomplicated urinary tract infections in women (under the age of 65) and if appropriate the pharmacist will be able to provide medication without the need for a GP appointment or prescription.

Over 1500, 95.5% of all pharmacies in the region, will be offering the ground-breaking initiative, with the health service making it easier and more convenient for people to access care.

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