Local health chiefs from Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group are encouraging people to talk to their pharmacist if they need help and advice managing minor health conditions this winter.
Pharmacists are highly qualified health professionals trained to help people treat many common conditions such as coughs and colds, flu, sore throats, stomach upsets and cuts and grazes.
Pharmacists also offer free expert advice on a wide range of health issues, support patients to self-care and provide medicines to treat a range of health complaints.
Most minor conditions can be treated at home, and your local pharmacist can provide you with advice and support to help you get back on your feet without needing to book a GP appointment.
Dr Jo Leahy, Chair of Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “People tend to think of their GP when they have a minor illness, but many winter health problems don’t require medical treatment. Pharmacists are qualified to provide health advice to help people with minor illnesses and injuries care for themselves. Pharmacists are available without appointment and many offer seven-day opening, and late hours, meaning that they’re the perfect place for busy people to get help and advice that could avoid a trip to the GP.”
To find your nearest pharmacy, visit the NHS Choices website.