We know that a local pharmacy is an inherent part of any local community. But did you know that many pharmacies now offer much more than dispensing your prescriptions? Your local pharmacy provides a range of services related to specific health issues and can offer advice on healthy living and minor ailments.
So when should I seek advice from my pharmacy?
Many pharmacies are now becoming the first point of call for minor ailments and advice on medical issues, along with developing a healthy lifestyle. They also have a pharmacy advice and consultation service, with a private consultation room, offering help with the following:
- Diabetes Screening
- Emergency Contraception
- Blood Pressure Monitoring
- Smoking Cessation Advice
- Medication Review
- Public Health Information
- Collection and Delivery Services
- Private Prescriptions
- NHS Prescriptions
- Many pharmacies are now also offering obesity clinics.
So before you call to make an appointment with your GP, it might be worth calling in to your local pharmacy and asking your pharmacist’s advice – particularly if your concerns are surrounding a minor ailment. Pharmacists can often deal with people with minor ailments straight away. If your pharmacy can’t deal with your situation there and then, they will be able to advise on the best course of action.
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