Half term can be a fun but stressful time for many parents, especially in winter as kids play in wet and icy conditions. As part of the national Help Us, Help You campaign, health bosses at Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are encouraging people to visit their pharmacy for advice on minor injuries and ailments.
Research shows that 27 per cent of general practice appointments in England could potentially be treated elsewhere. Approximately 18 million of these could be treated through self-care and community pharmacies.
Many pharmacies are open late, making it easier than ever to get advice. They can advise you on how to relieve the symptoms of your minor health concern or injury. They can also offer many over the counter treatments which can help you take care of yourself at home.
Dr Julian Povey, Chair of Shropshire CCG, said: “Pharmacies are the ideal place to get over the counter remedies and advice for minor illnesses such as coughs and colds or ailments like bumps and grazes – things that don’t really need a visit to the doctor or hospital. Pharmacists are highly qualified healthcare professionals who have undertaken a minimum of five years education and training; they therefore have expert knowledge on prescription and over the counter medicines.”
Dr Jo Leahy, Chair of Telford and Wrekin CCG, said: “Help Us, Help You this half term by making the most of all the different options you have to access medical advice. If you or your child become unwell during half term or need urgent medical advice for non life-threatening concerns, call NHS 111. Their call handlers can provide a wide range of information from where to find an emergency dentist to arranging a visit from an out-of-hours doctor.”
You can find your local pharmacy on this NHS Website.
Alongside pharmacies, there are other services that can help you this half term such as NHS 111, online and via telephone and the NHS App.
For more information on pharmacies and what they can do for you visit the NHS Website.