Sutton GPs encourage people to ask pharmacists for advice
The GPs in charge of Sutton’s healthcare are encouraging people to ask their pharmacists for advice.
Ask Your Pharmacist week starts today and Sarah Taylor, chief pharmacist from Sutton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: "Community pharmacists are highly qualified healthcare professionals, who can give you advice on the right medicines to treat common complaints such as coughs and colds, flu-like symptoms, backache, stomach upsets and cuts and grazes.
“You don’t need to make an appointment to see a community pharmacist and you don’t need to be registered either. Just drop in to your nearest pharmacy when it’s best for you.
“Community pharmacists can also give you advice about the medicines that you have been prescribed by your doctor.
"They are also able to give some medicine without GP prescriptions, so it can be quicker and easier to check with your pharmacist if you have a minor ailment rather than making an appointment to see your family doctor. If you don’t pay prescription charges you will still have access to medicine free of charge.
“Your regular pharmacist may also able to provide a small emergency supply of some of your usual prescription medicine – especially helpful if you run out of medicine when your GP is closed."
This winter many Sutton pharmacists will be providing flu vaccinations. To find your nearest visit myhealth.london.nhs
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