Think Pharmacy this winter
Frimley Health and Care are urging people to think ‘Pharmacy First’ for their winter health problems.
Sometimes when you or your family are unwell, you may not need to make an appointment to see your GP. Your local community pharmacist is a trained medical professional who can provide free advice on the best treatment for a wide range of illnesses and minor ailments.
Many people are unaware of the wide range of services available from their local pharmacist.
Local pharmacies can provide expert advice and a fast route to medication for minor ailments like aches and pains, sore throat, coughs, colds, flu-like symptoms, runny noses, earache and skin rashes. Most pharmacies also have a confidential consulting area for privacy.
James Martin, a local pharmacist in Farnborough, said: “Winter pressures on the NHS are well recognised and we all have a responsibility to help ensure that emergency services are used appropriately.
“Pharmacies continued to be open throughout the pandemic and remain a vital lifeline for their communities.
“Pharmacists are fully qualified healthcare professionals. Often there is no need to wait to see a doctor, so it is always worth checking with your pharmacy first. If symptoms suggest it’s more serious, we will ensure you get the help you need.
“As well as offering clinical advice and over the counter medicines for minor illnesses, your local pharmacist can also provide a range of NHS services including blood pressure checks, medicine reviews, vaccinations, emergency medication and support for healthy living, including helping to quit smoking and maintain a good weight.
“You can be seen and treated within minutes from leaving your doorstep. No need to book or long waits to be seen. Many pharmacies are open long hours and on weekends for convenient support close to your home.”
Over the Christmas and New Year bank holidays some pharmacies maybe closed or open for a reduced period. For details of local pharmacy opening times over the holiday season, visit: NHS England and NHS Improvement South East » Pharmacy information. A map of the pharmacies that will be open can be viewed here.