Around 50 million visits to the GP are made per year for minor ailments, which include coughs and colds, mild eczema and athlete’s foot. Every year there are 438 million visits to community pharmacies for health related reasons.
Why should I visit my local pharmacy?
It could save you time and trouble to visit your pharmacy first.
- You can walk in and speak to your local pharmacist without an appointment.
- All pharmacists can recognise many common health complaints. They can give advice to help sort out the problem.
- Pharmacists can recognise if your problem is more serious and you need to see a GP.
- Some pharmacies are open at the weekend or in the evenings.
- Pharmacies are very accessible and are located in the heart of communities.
- Pharmacists are experts in medicines. They can advise on minor ailments, medication and prescription concerns.
- Many pharmacies have private consultation rooms.
What common health problems can my pharmacist help with?
- Pharmacists may be able to help with health problems such as mild acne or mild eczema, coughs and colds, constipation, hay fever, allergies, indigestion, diarrhoea, period pain, thrush, warts and verrucas, cold sores, athlete’s foot and nappy rash.
- In Devon, some pharmacies can prescribe prescription treatments for eye infections, impetigo, oral thrush, severe nappy rash and cystitis (uncomplicated urinary tract infections). For these issues it may be much more convenient to visit your pharmacy first.
- Pharmacists can provide emergency contraception. In Devon, this NHS service is provided free of charge for certain age groups.
- If you have run out of your regular medication and are unable to see your GP in time, your pharmacy can provide an emergency supply of your medication.
- If you are travelling abroad and need malaria prevention medicines, many pharmacies can now prescribe the prescription treatments without having to see your GP.