Remember to use your pharmacy for advice

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PATIENTS are being reminded they can visit pharmacies for medical advice.

The message is being given to let people know there is alternative help during or after GP hours.

Sarah Billington, chief officer of the Portsmouth Local Pharmaceutical Committee, said: ‘You can seek advice for minor health problems sooner rather than later, by consulting your local pharmacist.

‘Everyone lives near a pharmacy, they are open at weekends and have long opening hours making them very accessible to all.

‘Pharmacists and their teams offer expert advice and you won’t need to make an appointment.’

As well as medication, a pharmacy can also provide the following:

· Give expert advice to manage long-term conditions or a bad cough, wheezing, or cold and sore throat.

· Have longer opening hours than GP practices and private consultation areas – and you will be told if you need to see a doctor.

· Provide the flu jab.