Sick residents of Lanarkshire can get help from community pharmacists this winter
People living in Lanarkshire can get a wide range of help if they are not feeling well this winter from their local community pharmacist.
Pharmacists across the region offer the NHS Pharmacy First Scotland service, designed to encourage everyone to visit their community pharmacy as the first port of call for all minor illnesses.
And as the region’s health services remain under pressure, the service has expanded to cover a wider range of services and conditions.
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For example, pharmacists can offer advice and provide medication if needed for infections, including bacterial skin infections and shingles in adults; minor cuts and burns; constipation or diarrhea; acne and eczema; allergies, aches and pains; cystitis (in women); runny nose, cough and sore throat; and indigestion.
Community pharmacies have also provided emergency contraceptive services for several years and a short-term oral contraceptive option in certain circumstances is now also widely available.
Speaking of the Pharmacy First service, George Lindsay, chief primary care pharmacist, told Lanarkshire Live: “This provides a way for people in the area to get treatment for a wide range of conditions for which they might normally see a doctor. nurse or doctor – and often no appointment is necessary.
“Pharmacies are often easily accessible: we are there to be used as the first port of call for all minor illnesses.
“So please go to your local community pharmacy for help and advice if you are not feeling well this winter, unless the problem is really serious or your life is in danger. “
While Lanarkshire GP practices remain open, pharmacists can provide the same support for many common ailments much faster, leaving GPs to deal with more serious cases.
Residents can also call NHS 24 on 111 with any urgent questions or concerns, or they can find more details of the services on NHS Inform
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