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Residents with minor illnesses urged to use pharmacy expertise

Local residents with minor illnesses are being urged to see a pharmacist as soon as they start to feel unwell as the best and quickest way to get the help they need.

Pharmacists are qualified healthcare professionals offering expert clinical advice and help with things like coughs, colds, and other minor health concerns.

All pharmacists train for five years in the use of medicines and are trained in managing minor illnesses, and providing health and wellbeing advice.

As qualified healthcare professionals, they can offer clinical advice and over-the-counter medicines for a range of minor illnesses, such as coughs, colds, sore throats, tummy trouble and aches and pains.

If symptoms suggest it's something more serious, pharmacists have the right training to make sure patients get the help they need, and can say if a trip to a GP is needed.

Many pharmacies are open until late and at weekends and no appointment is needed. Most pharmacies also have a private consultation room for people to discuss issues with pharmacy staff without being overheard.

Dr Andrew Hodson, Clinical Chair for NHS Brighton and Hove CCG, said: “Your local pharmacist is there for much more than you may think and are qualified healthcare professionals who are fully qualified to advise you on the best course of action. They can also help you decide whether you need to see a doctor. Get help early, before your condition worsens from your local pharmacist.”

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