Pharmacies open for coughs and sneezes

Pharmacies open for coughs and sneezes

December 22, 2015

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Picture: L-R Richard Cook Kingsway Residents Association, Pharmacist Sian Williams, Boots Pharmacy Manager Rosie Seal, Councillor Dave Norman, MP Richard Graham, Pete Arthur Area Manager Boots

Gloucester’s pharmacists and its MP, Richard Graham, are encouraging people to see their local pharmacy first to stay well this winter.

 “Unnecessary trips are made to GPs, or even A&Es, when community pharmacies can help instead with everyday winter illness,” said MP Richard Graham.

 “If more people visited them, £1 billion could be saved by the NHS annually.”

 Pharmacists are professionally trained to handle medicines. Without appointment, they offer advice and treatment for common ailments like coughs, colds and sore throats as a first port of call.

 If a cold lasts more than three weeks, or chest pains or breathlessness occurs, they know when to refer people to a doctor.

 Pharmacist Sian Williams said, “Many go to their doctor with minor conditions when their local pharmacy can help treat these conveniently and effectively.

 “There are many over the counter remedies that ease cough and cold symptoms. The new Pharmacy First service equips us with enough to treat 25 minor conditions. They are free if you are exempt from NHS charges – ask your pharmacist for advice.”

 MP Richard Graham visited Boots Pharmacy in Quedgeley last week with Cllr Dave Norman and Richard Cook from the Kingsway Residents Association to see first-hand how the pharmacy team is looking after customers in winter.

 “This pharmacy is open until midnight six days a week – ideal for Kingsway residents,” said Richard Cook.

 Dave Norman urged everyone to “make use of their local pharmacy first. No appointment is required, saving you, and GPs, time.”


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