The NHS has launched a campaign to raise awareness that community pharmacists are qualified healthcare professionals who can offer clinical advice and over-the-counter medicines to effectively and safely manage a range of minor illnesses.

The ‘Help Us, Help You – Get it seen to’ campaign highlights that local pharmacy teams offer a fast and convenient clinical service for minor illnesses, such as coughs, colds, sore throats, itchy eyes, earaches, tummy troubles, aches and pains and many more. Pharmacists can consult with patients in a confidential consultation room with no need for an appointment.

NHS community pharmacist Raj Modi, who came to the aid of hundreds of people during the Whaley Bridge dam flood crisis said:

“As a pharmacist, I have a special bond with the community and am proud to represent the NHS. By following the expert advice of community pharmacists like me, you can help the NHS help you stay well, prevent an illness getting worse, take the best course of action, and get well again sooner. So, take the drama out of minor illnesses – for expert advice consult your pharmacist.”

Help us, Help You, get it seen to. Visit nhs.uk/pharmacyadvice for more information.

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