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Derriford’s reminder to seek the help of your pharmacist

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James Ellick, Advanced Specialist Pharmacist at University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust, has reminded the public to utilise their local pharmacy.

He explains how Pharmacies provide an important first point of contact with healthcare professionals this winter.

“Pharmacists are highly trained professionals requiring a minimum training of five years which includes a university degree and vocational training.

“Please do have confidence that they can treat, advise and refer you, where necessary.”

He highlights some of the conditions can that been discussed with a pharmacist, including sore throats, colds and flu, mouth ulcers, stomach problems, ear, eye, and nose problems.

He says: “If you run out of medication, they can also provide advice and support on obtaining a continuation of that supply.”

Some pharmacies can support you out-of-hours. If you run out of prescription medicine and do not have a prescription with you, your pharmacist can assess you to decide if you can get an emergency supply without a prescription.

Visit the NHS website to find a pharmacy

For more information about staying well this winter, including vaccination information, when you should attend the Emergency Department and when you should visit an MIU visit the University Hospitals Plymouth ‘Stay Well’ portal.

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