Think Pharmacy First!
Sometimes when you or your family are unwell, you may not need to make an appointment to see your GP (family doctor). Your local community pharmacist is a trained medical professional who can provide free advice on the best treatment for a wide range of illnesses and minor ailments.
The pharmacist will speak to you about your health condition and discuss with you what treatment you might need. Many pharmacies now have a consultation area if you feel you need to discuss things in private. You will be asked questions about your symptoms, including which medicines you are taking and information about your illness.
It would be helpful if you took a list of any medicines you are using. This is to make sure that the treatment you are given is right for you. All details given to the pharmacist are confidential.
The pharmacist will tell you the best way to take any medicine if this is advisable plus give you any extra advice you need to help with your illness.
These are examples of how your pharmacist can help you and why you can think “Pharmacy First”
- Aches and pains
- Bites and stings
- Chicken pox
- Cold sores
- Cystitis in women
- Ear wax
- Eczema or dermatitis
- Hay fever
- Head Lice
- Mouth ulcers
- Nappy rash
A comprehensive guide to “How your pharmacist can help you” has been produced for local healthcare professionals and the public so to find out more about how your pharmacist can help you, including advice and treatment on minor ailments in Herefordshire, please see our complete A-Z list of Community Pharmacy Services.