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Need help with a minor health problem? Ask your local pharmacist in Harlow.

Communities / Tue 5th Nov 2013 at 04:26pm

IF you need help for a minor health problem don’t forget your local pharmacist can offer you advice and treatment, and no appointment is needed!

West Essex CCG is asking local people in Harlow, Uttlesford and Epping Forest to make better use of their local pharmacies, in support of ‘Ask Your Pharmacist Week’, 4 – 11 November.

Experience shows that many of the questions asked by patients attending GP surgeries, or even their local A& E, could be answered by a pharmacist.

Dr Rob Gerlis, Chair of West Essex CCG said: “Coughs, colds, hayfever, pain relief, stomach problems – these are all things that your pharmacist will be able to help with. They can also provide advice on healthy eating, giving up smoking, cutting down alcohol, sexual health, and some offer blood pressure checks and emergency contraception.”

Some community pharmacists are open for extended hours often after your GP surgery has closed, and you do not need to make an appointment – you can pop in, or ring them for advice.

You can talk to your pharmacist in confidence, even about the most personal symptoms – most pharmacies now have a private consultation area where you can discuss issues with pharmacy staff without being overheard by other members of the public. Just ask your pharmacist if you would like this option.

If you are on two or more medications or on long term medication, you can book a medicines use review with your usual pharmacist and talk over any concerns you may have about side effects or the best way to take them.

You can also pick up advice on contacting other agencies like social services, other healthcare professions and voluntary organisations.

To find your local pharmacist visit the NHS Choices website at www.nhs.uk and search for ‘services near you’.

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