Visit Your Local Pharmacist If Unwell This Winter

YOUR local pharmacist has a wealth of experience and knowledge that can be accessed for free right on the high street.It’s Ask Your Pharmacist public awareness week and this year the focus will be medicines and more, highlighting the broad range of services that are available from local pharmacies.Pharmacists play a key role in providing quality healthcare. They are experts in medicines and will use their clinical expertise, together with their practical knowledge to give advice on common problems such as coughs, colds, aches and pains, as well as healthy eating and stopping smoking.  Pharmacists can also help decide whether a patient needs to see a health professional.Local Pharmacist Eric Goodwin said “Pharmacists are highly trained health professionals. Before becoming a pharmacist we have to complete a four year university degree and have worked for a year under the supervision of an experienced and qualified pharmacist, usually in a hospital or community pharmacy.“We are really well placed, in the heart of the community, to be a first port of call for anyone who is worried or has a non-urgent health concern.”During the busy winter months, self-care is incredibly important and can help local NHS services immensely.  A well-stocked medicine cabinet can really make the difference to every household.Eric continued, “Ask your Pharmacist week can really help the public by making them aware of exactly what is available at your high street pharmacy.  You can receive fast and convenient advice for free right on the high street.’’‘’We know that one out of every four people who goes to A&E could have either self-treated or used another local service, such as their pharmacy for advice, for conditions such as colds and flu.’’