NHSNeed help with a minor healthconcern? Visit your local pharmacySTAY WELL PHARMACYStay Well Pharmacy' is a new national campaign encouraging people,especially parents and carers of children under the age of five, to visittheir local pharmacy team first for clinical advice for minor healthconcerns such as sore throats, coughs, colds, tummy troubles,teething and aches and pains.Community pharmacists and pharmacy technicians are qualifiedhealthcare professionals who are the right people to see if you needclinical advice or over the counter medicines to help safely manage awide range of minor health concernsPharmacists are trained in managing minor illness and can assesssymptoms and recommend the best course of treatment or simplyprovide reassurance, for instance when a minor illness will get betteron its own with a few days' rest. If symptoms suggest it's somethingmore serious, they have the right clinical training to ensure peopleget the help they needWith most people in Bromley living within easy reach of a pharmacyand with many pharmacies offering extended opening hours in theevenings and at weekends, pharmacy teams offer fast and convenientclinical support with no appointment needed. Most communitypharmacies (over 90% nationally) now offer a private consultationroom, suitable for a confidential conversation, should it be requested.Using a pharmacy for minor health concerns will help free up GP time formore urgent appointments and help reduce non-emergency A&E visitsRaj Matharu, local pharmacist and Chief Officer of the LocalPharmaceutical Committee said, "Pharmacists are fully qualified toadvise on health matters. They are your health expert on the hightreet. If you act fast, they can offer the best course of action to helpyou recover quickly and get back to normal, Where necessary,your pharmacist can advise if you need to see a GPhttps://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Pharmacy/Pages/Yourpharmacy.aspxfor more information and to help you find your nearest NHSpharmacy services and opening hoursYou can also find out more my visiting the Self-care for life!'section of the CCG website: http://www.bromleyccg.nhs.uk/looking-after-yourself.htmBromley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is the organisationresponsible for buying and planning many of your local NHS servicesin Bromley. If you have any comments about this article, suggestionsfor future publications or are interested in finding out more aboutthe CCG, please telephone us on 01689 866544 or email:broccg.contactus@nhs.netNHSBromleyClinical Commissioning GroupHealth

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NHS Need help with a minor health concern? Visit your local pharmacy STAY WELL PHARMACY Stay Well Pharmacy' is a new national campaign encouraging people, especially parents and carers of children under the age of five, to visit their local pharmacy team first for clinical advice for minor health concerns such as sore throats, coughs, colds, tummy troubles, teething and aches and pains. Community pharmacists and pharmacy technicians are qualified healthcare professionals who are the right people to see if you need clinical advice or over the counter medicines to help safely manage a wide range of minor health concerns Pharmacists are trained in managing minor illness and can assess symptoms and recommend the best course of treatment or simply provide reassurance, for instance when a minor illness will get better on its own with a few days' rest. If symptoms suggest it's something more serious, they have the right clinical training to ensure people get the help they need With most people in Bromley living within easy reach of a pharmacy and with many pharmacies offering extended opening hours in the evenings and at weekends, pharmacy teams offer fast and convenient clinical support with no appointment needed. Most community pharmacies (over 90% nationally) now offer a private consultation room, suitable for a confidential conversation, should it be requested. Using a pharmacy for minor health concerns will help free up GP time for more urgent appointments and help reduce non-emergency A&E visits Raj Matharu, local pharmacist and Chief Officer of the Local Pharmaceutical Committee said, "Pharmacists are fully qualified to advise on health matters. They are your health expert on the high treet. If you act fast, they can offer the best course of action to help you recover quickly and get back to normal, Where necessary, your pharmacist can advise if you need to see a GP https://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Pharmacy/Pages/Yourpharmacy.aspx for more information and to help you find your nearest NHS pharmacy services and opening hours You can also find out more my visiting the Self-care for life!' section of the CCG website: http://www.bromleyccg.nhs.uk/looking- after-yourself.htm Bromley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is the organisation responsible for buying and planning many of your local NHS services in Bromley. If you have any comments about this article, suggestions for future publications or are interested in finding out more about the CCG, please telephone us on 01689 866544 or email: broccg.contactus@nhs.net NHS Bromley Clinical Commissioning Group Health

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