This week is Ask Your Pharmacist Week (11-18 November) and Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland pharmacists and GPs are urging people to make the most of the help and advice available at their local pharmacy.
There are 231 community pharmacies across the region, with many opening evenings and weekends with no appointments necessary. You can talk to your pharmacist about a wide range of health issues, not just about medicines. And yet often people go to a doctor for things that could be sorted out more quickly and conveniently at the pharmacy.
Satyan Kotecha, a Leicester pharmacist said “On on behalf of all pharmacists I would encourage you – during Ask Your Pharmacist Week and all year round – to visit your local pharmacy if you want clinical advice and prompt treatment for common illnesses like coughs, colds, eye infections and earache.
“Pharmacists are highly tained health professionals - initially undertaking five years of training in the use of medicines, managing minor illnesses and providing health and wellbeing advice. We also have teams of staff who are trained to support you to live healthily.”
Community pharmacists, and their teams, can help you to take care of yourself and provide expert advice to make sure you receive the most appropriate treatment for your condition. They are also readily accessible healthcare professionals in your community.
Ask Your Pharmacist for:
- Advice and treatment for minor illness such as coughs, colds and earaches
- Advice on staying well and preventing disease
- Support to maintain good sexual health
- Help to quit smoking
- Personalised support to get the most from your medicines
- A consultation area where you can talk without being overheard
Satyan Kotecha again: “Sometimes your local doctor’s surgery will suggest you see your pharmacist for convenient, professional advice and treatment for minor illnesses. Or your pharmacist may refer you to the GP, if it’s something that can’t be sorted out in the pharmacy or requires further investigation. We work together so you get the right healthcare advice and support in the right place, from the right people.”
Dr Rowan Sil, a GP in Leicestershire said: “Pharmacists have an integral role in supporting their local community to keep well and I would always ask patients to make the pharmacy the first port of call for dealing with any minor ailments.
“Pharmacists hold an incredible amount of knowledge and skill which can be accessed without an appointment, including often in the evenings and weekends.”