Sheffield residents urged to think pharmacy first

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Sheffield pharmacists are encouraging people to ‘Think Pharmacy First’ when treating their winter ailments as part of NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group’s ‘Keep Calm – Think Pharmacy First’ campaign.

Local pharmacists can offer expert advice and treatment for many common illnesses, such as aches and pains, colds and flu, itchy skin conditions and simple eye infections.

NHS Sheffield CCG’s head of medicines management Peter Magirr, said: “Your local community pharmacist is a trained healthcare professional who can provide free advice on the best treatment for a wide range of common illnesses and minor ailments.

“Most pharmacists also have a quiet area where you can speak in private and many are open during the evenings and weekends. Your pharmacist can also refer you to other NHS services if needed.

“If you do go to see your pharmacist, remember to take details of any medication you may have been taking with you.”

To find your nearest pharmacy, visit www.nhs.uk or contact NHS 111. A list of pharmacy opening times for Christmas and New Year can be found on the Sheffield CCG website, www.sheffieldccg.nhs.uk under ‘Your Health/Feeling Unwell/Pharmacist Opening Times’.