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Ask your local pharmacist for health advice this winter

As the weather turns colder, we’re being reminded local pharmacists in Blackburn with Darwen and East Lancashire should be your first point of call, for a minor illness like a cough or a cold.

This week (6-12 November), NHS Blackburn with Darwen and NHS East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are supporting ‘Ask Your Pharmacist Week’, a national initiative to raise awareness of the range of free services on offer, when you need them.

Pharmacists are highly qualified health professionals, trained to give free advice on the best ways of tackling common conditions such as coughs and colds, sore throats, stomach upsets and cuts and grazes.

They are experts in self-care, showing you the over-the-counter products that mean you could be looking after yourself at home, getting better sooner.

You can see your local pharmacist without an appointment and many have private consulting rooms so you can get the help and treatment you need, when you need it.

Dr Preeti Shukla GP clinical lead at both Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) said:
“People tend to think of GPs like me when they have a minor illness, but many winter health problems can be treated at home, by yourself”.

“Pharmacists can help you with this, giving you advice on the over-the-counter medications available to best treat your minor illness. They’ll also point you in the direction of other services if they think it’s appropriate.

“You don’t need an appointment; many are open late and even seven-days a week, meaning they’re the perfect place for busy people to get help and advice.”

For more information visit: http://eastlancsccg.nhs.uk/patient-information/your-health/self-care3#virtual-ward

http://www.blackburnwithdarwenccg.nhs.uk/health/self-care/

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