Make sure you have medicine for holiday

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PHARMACISTS can be as effective as seeing your doctor for health advice.

That’s the message being given out by health officials in the run-up to the bank holiday weekend.

Primary care trust Ship, which covers Portsmouth and Hampshire, is urging people to make sure their medicine cabinets are correctly stocked in time for the May Day break.

It also advises people to see pharmacists for medical help.

Neil Hardy, head of medicine management, said: ‘Don’t leave getting your medication until the last minute, but please remember to ask only for what you need.

‘Pharmacists offer a wealth of health advice – and not only about medicines and how they work.

‘They also provide healthcare advice, without an appointment, potentially saving you a visit to your GP.

‘Many also have private rooms so you can discuss your requirements in complete confidence.’

The trust is reminding people to make sure their medicine cupboard contains basics like painkillers, a thermometer, plasters and antiseptic medicines.

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