Health on the High Street
Community pharmacists are experts in the use of medicines and can clinically check, prepare and dispense prescription medicines for you.You do not need an appointment to see a pharmacist and they can offer professional healthcare advice and support to maintain and improve your health and wellbeing. Community pharmacists can advise you on the safe use of prescription and over-the-counter medicines for common minor ailments such as:
- Minor injuries
- Tummy troubles
- Women's health
- Skin conditions
- Aches and pains
There are many other health services that pharmacists and their teams can offer including:
- Flu vaccinations
- Emergency contraception
- Stop smoking services - stopping smoking
- Chlamydia screening and treatment
- Weight management – including advice on healthy eating and physical activity
You can also get support with managing long-term conditions such as diabetes or heart disease by having blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar tests at your local pharmacy. You will still need regular reviews with your GP, nurse or specialist - pharmacists can advise on when is best to see a GP.
Getting advice from a local pharmacist is the best first step for a minor health concern. But if you think you or your family member are more seriously ill, then a GP or hospital may be more appropriate.
Help and advice day and night
Many pharmacies in mid Essex are open until late and at weekends, which is useful if you feel unwell when your GP practice is closed.
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