Doctors are encouraging people to stay well this festive season by seeking help from their local pharmacy for expert advice and treatment for minor health problems.
Pharmacists are qualified to provide expert advice and prescribe treatment for many winter illnesses such as sore throats and runny noses. With many GP surgeries closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day, local pharmacies can provide a valuable service to the public to avoid an unnecessary trip to their local hospital.
Pharmacist Dr Manir Hussain, Associate Director, Medicines Optimisation for Stokeon-Trent and North Staffordshire CCGs said: “Pharmacist are trained health professionals with expert knowledge of medicines and can offer advice. And if you don’t want a conversation at the counter, just let them know, as many have private consultation areas.”