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    Your local pharmacy can help with clinical advice and prompt treatment for common illnesses

    LOCAL people are being advised to ask their local pharmacist for advice and prompt treatment for common illness.
    Pharmacies are part of the NHS family and the range of clinical services provided by community pharmacies has expanded significantly in recent years.   People’s positive experience of community pharmacy during the coronavirus pandemic has raised expectations of what their local pharmacy can offer them.
    Their teams work with other professionals, such as doctors and nurses, to give people the best possible care as part of the local healthcare team.
    This week NHS Tameside and Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group is supporting this year’s ‘Ask Your Pharmacist’ campaign from 1 - 8 November, which is organised annually by the National Pharmacy Association (NPA).  The theme this year is ‘Your local pharmacy can help’ with the variety of problems to which community pharmacy has solutions.
    As well as helping with common illnesses – like eye infections, earaches, itchy skin, sore throats, coughs, colds, tummy troubles and aches and pains – pharmacy teams can also help with stopping smoking, cutting down on alcohol, advice on safe sex and emergency contraception.  People can also have their blood pressure checked, get advice on taking new medicines or receive guidance on changes to their prescribed medication after leaving hospital.
    So, for NHS services, convenient access to medicines, support for healthy living and prompt clinical advice, Ask Your Pharmacist!
    Dr Asad Ali, co-chair at NHS Tameside and Glossop CCG said: “When you have a common illness remember a pharmacist may also be able to help.  They are experts in medicines, managing minor illnesses and providing health and wellbeing advice.  As qualified healthcare professionals, they can offer clinical advice and over-the-counter medicines for a range of minor illnesses.”
    For pharmacy services in Tameside and Glossop visit https://www.tamesideandglossopccg.org/pharmacyservices