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Take the drama out of minor illnesses this February Half Term – think pharmacy, not GP Posted on 20 Feb 2020

Families in Bedworth, Nuneaton and north Warwickshire are being encouraged to consult a pharmacist if they are suffering from a minor illness this February Half Term, rather than rushing to see a GP.

NHS Warwickshire North Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is backing the national Help Us, Help You Pharmacy campaign, which shows how pharmacies can effectively manage minor illnesses.

Approximately 18 million GP appointments each year are for issues which could have been better treated through self-care and community pharmacies.*

A series of TV adverts, running until March, look to highlight awareness that common illnesses such as sore throat, ear ache and itchy eyes can be diagnosed and treated more quickly through a community pharmacist.

Dr Imogen Staveley, Deputy Chair of NHS Warwickshire North 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 GP or hospital.​

“Pharmacists are highly qualified healthcare professionals who have undertaken a minimum of five years education and training and are experts on medicines. Pharmacies across the area are often open during evenings and throughout the weekend when GP practices may be closed. They can provide support at short-notice without an appointment, with most having rooms available for a private consultation.”

Alongside pharmacies, there are other services to help people stay well this Half Term such as NHS 111 online and via telephone and the NHS App, which is available at https://bit.ly/2NULHfM.

Find local pharmacies at https://www.nhs.uk/service-search/find-a-pharmacy/

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

© NHS Warwickshire North Clinical Commissioning Group
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