A new movie-inspired NHS campaign aims to raise awareness of the key role that local pharmacists play in keeping us healthy and well.
The latest “Help Us, Help You” campaign encourages people to “take the drama out of minor illnesses” by visiting their pharmacist for minor illnesses. It highlights that local pharmacy teams offer a fast and convenient service with no need for an appointment, and use of a confidential consultation room if needed.
Dr Gaye Sheerman-Chase, Principal Medical Adviser for Medicines Optimisation at NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group, said “Your local pharmacist is a highly trained medical professional. They can offer clinical advice and over-the-counter medicines to effectively and safely manage a range of minor illnesses such as coughs, colds, sore throats, earache, itchy eyes, tummy troubles, aches and pains and many more.
“If symptoms suggest it’s something more serious, pharmacists have the right clinical training to ensure people get the help they need immediately and will recommend when to see a GP or go to A&E where necessary.”
Every pharmacist trains for five years in the use of medicines before they qualify as a community pharmacist. They are also trained in managing minor illnesses and providing health and wellbeing advice.
Other community pharmacy services include answering questions about prescribed medications; doing flu vaccinations, blood pressure checks, inhaler reviews; and helping with smoking cessation and weight loss.