Take the drama out of minor illnesses

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Wolverhampton families are being encouraged to consult their local community pharmacist if they are suffering from a minor illness. NHS Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is backing the national Help Us, Help You Pharmacy campaign which shows that by visiting their local pharmacy families can get any minor illnesses seen to and effectively managed. 

Research shows that approximately 18 million GP appointments each year could have been treated through self care and community pharmacies.* 

The campaign, which runs until March, looks to address this, by using light-hearted, ‘dramatic’ videos and movie-themed posters highlighting common illnesses - such as a sore throat, ear ache, and itchy eyes - which could be diagnosed and treated more quickly through a community pharmacist. 

Pharmacists are the health experts on the high street and can provide treatments and advice on a range of minor illnesses. Many pharmacies are open late, making it easier than ever to get advice. They can advise patients on how to relieve the symptoms of their minor health concern or injury. They can also offer many over the counter treatments which can help people take care of themselves at home. 

Dr Salma Reehana, Chair of NHS Wolverhampton CCG, said: 

“Pharmacies are the ideal place to get over the counter remedies and advice for minor illnesses such as coughs and colds or ailments like bumps and grazes – things that don’t really need a visit to the doctor or hospital. 

“Pharmacists are highly qualified healthcare professionals who have undertaken a minimum of five years education and training; they therefore have expert knowledge on prescription and over the counter medicines. Pharmacies across the area are often open during evenings and throughout the weekend. They can provide support at short-notice without an appointment, with most having rooms available for a private consultation.” 

People can find their local pharmacy at https://www.nhs.uk/service-search/find-a-pharmacy/ 

Alongside pharmacies, there are other services that can help people this half term such as NHS 111, online and via telephone and the NHS App, which is available at https://bit.ly/2NULHfM

For more information about the Help You, Help You campaign visit https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/resources/campaigns/81-help-us-help-you