Pharmacies will help people Stay Well this Easter

Pharmacies will help people Stay Well this Easter

March 8, 2018

People in Greater Manchester are being encouraged to visit their local pharmacy first for clinical advice and treatment for minor health conditions or health-related queries.

The NHS Stay Well campaign is reminding people that pharmacists are highly-qualified health professionals who specialise in medication and are trained in managing minor illnesses and advising people on their health and wellbeing.  Pharmacies are also the most convenient form of healthcare as people don’t need to book an appointment and many are open late evenings and weekends.

More than 90 Greater Manchester pharmacies will be open over the Easter bank holiday period (30th March, 1st April & 2nd April) to make sure people can continue to get expert advice and care without an appointment.  All 700 pharmacies in Greater Manchester will also be open for their usual hours on Saturday 31st March.  [See which pharmacies are open over the Easter bank holiday period.]

As well as caring for adults and children with minor health conditions or queries, pharmacy staff also know when an illness could be more serious and will tell people if they need to see a doctor, go to hospital or see another health professional.

Pharmacies also provide a vast range of other free NHS services including consultations where people can get help and advice on their medicines, inhaler technique checks, and guidance on general health and wellbeing.

Adam Irvine, a pharmacist who is also chief executive of Greater Manchester Local Pharmaceutical Committee, said: “Community pharmacies are the best place to go for care and advice about minor illnesses or general health queries.  You don’t need an appointment and will get expert advice from a highly-qualified health professional.

“It can be very worrying when you or your child is poorly with something like a sore throat, cough or cold, stomach trouble or teething pain but generally you’ll get better with help from your pharmacy.  We can also tell when it could be something more serious, though, and will tell you straight away if you need to go to a GP or seek further help.  We will also tell you how to access such help.”

Pharmacies can help with minor health issues including:

  • Stomach problems (vomiting, heartburn, indigestion or diarrhoea)
  • Coughs, colds and sore throats
  • Fevers and headaches
  • Teething problems
  • Aches and pains
  • Sprains, strains, bumps and bruises
  • Minor burns and scalds
  • Minor skin conditions (eczema, acne, athlete’s foot, warts and verrucas)
  • Constipation and piles
  • Mild skin conditions
  • Allergies (rashes, hayfever, bites and stings)

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