Think pharmacy for minor health concerns

People  are being urged to make more use of pharmacists for non-urgent care, freeing emergency services to help those in most need.

Pharmacists can do so much more than complete a prescription. They can provide expert clinical advice for minor health concerns and help with many common illnesses like sore throats, coughs, colds, tummy troubles and aches and pains.  They can advise on the safe use of prescription and over-the-counter medicines.

Most local pharmacies have consultation rooms for private conversations and pharmacists can also offer advice confidentially, without anything being noted in medical records.

To find a local pharmacy, visit www.nhs.uk/pharmacists

Alternatives to A&E for urgent care when it’s not an emergency includes the NHS Walk in Centre at Brighton Station, open 8am to 8pm every day for treatment of minor injuries and ailments without an appointment.

NHS111 is available 24/7 and offers advice and guidance for patients experiencing non-emergency urgent healthcare needs and can advise on local NHS services, connect the caller to medical professional, arrange appointments and offer self-care advice.

Residents also benefit from easier access to evening and weekend appointments, available at GPs across the city. The service sees GP practices working together to offer patients appointments at more convenient times when they call their local practice. Patients can make an appointment between 6.30pm to 8.30pm at night in the week and from 10am to 4pm on a Saturday and Sunday by calling their practice during normal opening hours.