The winter months usher in an avalanche of illnesses that can target the whole family. Help us to Help you this winter - please use your local pharmacist when it comes to seeking treatment for your winter illnesses rather than contacting your GP or attending A&E.
Your pharmacist can provide free confidential NHS advice and treatment for a range of common ailments without you having to make an appointment to see your GP.
Richard Evans, a community pharmacist participating in the Common Ailments Service, said: “Community pharmacists have traditionally advised patients on a wide range of ailments. We have always recommended appropriate treatments to the patient, or if necessary, refer them to another healthcare professional.
“During the current pandemic we are encouraging everyone to help us to help you – please make your local pharmacy your first port of call this winter. We can offer expert advice and treatment for the majority of common ailments. If you are showing COVID-19 symptoms please don’t visit us but be assured we can do the consultation with the patient over the phone and a carer/family member can collect any necessary medication.”
Five common winter conditions, which can all be treated by your pharmacist, include:
Common ailments that pharmacists are the best professional to help treat include: indigestion, constipation, diarrhoea, piles, hay fever, head lice, teething, nappy rash, colic, chicken pox, threadworms, sore throat, athlete’s foot, eye infections, conjunctivitis, intertrigo, mouth ulcers, cold sores, acne, dry skin/dermatitis, ringworm, verruca, back pain, in growing toenails, vaginal thrush, oral thrush and scabies.
Please do not visit a pharmacy if you or anyone in your household has any COVID-19 symptoms. For the contact details of all pharmacies throughout Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire visit: https://hduhb.nhs.wales/healthcare/services-and-teams/pharmacy/common-ailments-service/