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Take the drama out of minor illnesses this Half Term

As part of the national Help Us, Help You campaign, people in Cheshire are being asked to take the drama out of minor illnesses by seeking expert advice from their local pharmacist this half term. Research shows that 27 per cent of general practice appointments in England could potentially be treated elsewhere. Approximately 18 million of these could be treated through self care and community pharmacies.

 

Dr Andrew Wilson, Clinical Chair of the four NHS Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) said:

“This half term, pharmacies are the best place to go to get over the counter remedies and advice for minor health concerns such as coughs and colds or ailments like bumps and grazes – things that you don’t necessarily need to visit a doctor or hospital for. By following the expert advice of community pharmacists, you can help the NHS help you stay well, prevent illnesses from getting worse, take the best course of action, and get well sooner.

 

“If you do or your child does become unwell over the school break or you need urgent medical advice but it’s not a life-threatening emergency contact NHS 111. NHS 111 call handlers can provide information from where to find an emergency dentist to arranging an out-of-hours doctor appointment.”

 

You can find your local pharmacy on this NHS Website.

Alongside pharmacies, there are other services that can help you this half term such as NHS 111, online and via telephone and the NHS App.

For more information on pharmacies and what they can do for you visit the NHS Website.