Health leaders in Lincolnshire are urging patients with common health complaints to visit their local pharmacist this winter for to help family doctors spend more time with seriously ill patients.
This year’s Ask Your Pharmacist Week, which runs from 9-15 November, highlights the range of services and medical questions pharmacists can help with.
Many people don’t realise the wide range of additional services available as pharmacists do much more than dispensing prescriptions. They offer free expert advice on a wide range of health issues, support for self-care, and medicines, to treat common complaints, such as coughs and colds, flu, sore throats, earache, backache, stomach upsets, cuts and grazes.
Patients can also benefit from a range of services including stopping smoking, blood pressure, cholesterol and Body Mass Index checks if aged between 40 and 74.
Pharmacists are highly qualified health professionals who can offer assistance with a range of common symptoms. They have expert knowledge on prescription and over the counter medicines. Many pharmacies are open seven days a week and late into the evening.
Patients who take regular prescription medicines can also ask their pharmacist for a medicines use review. This free NHS service helps to give patients a better understanding of the medicines they are taking, discuss any problems they are having with their medication and ensure they are taking their medicines correctly.