Looking after yourself
People across Hampshire, especially parents and carers of children under the age of 5, are encouraged to visit their local pharmacy team first for clinical advice for minor health concerns such as sore throats, coughs, colds, tummy troubles, teething and aches and pains.
Going to A&E or calling 999 should be reserved for when someone, adult or child, is seriously ill or severely injured, such as breathing difficulties or persistent and heavy bleeding
Community pharmacists and pharmacy technicians are qualified healthcare professionals who are the right people to see if you need clinical advice or over the counter medicines to help safely manage a wide range of minor health concerns.
Pharmacists are trained in managing minor illness and can assess symptoms and recommend the best course of treatment or simply provide reassurance, for instance when a minor illness will get better on its own with a few days’ rest. And if symptoms suggest it’s something more serious, they have the right clinical training to ensure people get the help they need.
With most people living within easy reach of a pharmacy and with many pharmacies offering extended opening hours in the evenings and at weekends, pharmacy teams offer fast and convenient clinical support with no appointment needed. Most community pharmacies (over 90%) now offer a private consultation room, suitable for a confidential conversation, should it be requested.
Using a pharmacy for minor health concerns will help free up GP time for more urgent appointments and help reduce non-emergency A&E visits.
Search nhs.uk/staywellpharmacy for more information and to help you find your nearest NHS pharmacy services and opening hours.
NHS 111 is much more than a helpline. You can speak to fully trained advisors available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, who can put you straight through to healthcare professionals, as well as arrange face-to-face appointment and assess if you need an ambulance.
So, if you think you need urgent non-life-threatening medical help, call NHS 111. Help Us Help You know what to do.
Visit nhs.uk/111 for more information.
Evening and weekend appointments with a GP, Nurse or Healthcare assistant at six centres in the West Hampshire CCG area:
- Hedge End
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