For minor illnesses, we can now refer patients to a local pharmacy near to them which allows for a same-day consultation with the pharmacist. If a patient contacts the reception team for help and advise regarding minor illnesses, such as coughs, colds, flu symptoms (etc.), we will offer to refer you to a pharmacy of your choice which offers this service.
Pharmacists can help you treat several minor illnesses, including:
- Vomiting and diarrhoea
- Runny nose
- Headache flu-like symptoms
In your pharmacy consultation, you will be taken into a confidential consultation room away from members of the public to you have a safe space to talk. The pharmacist will listen to your concerns and tell you the best course of action on how to treat and manage your symptoms. They may offer suitable over-the-counter medications for you to purchase and are often cheaper than paying the prescription charge on the NHS.
If the pharmacist believes that your symptoms require escalation, they can refer you back to the GP, or onwards to an urgent treatment centre if needed.