Minor ailment? The NHS says ask your pharmacist.

Minor ailment? The NHS says ask your pharmacist.

Minor ailment? The NHS says ask your pharmacist.

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The NHS is urging patients across Cornwall to make the most of their local chemist during 'Ask Your Pharmacist' week.

The campaign to raise awareness is running from November 5 to November 12 to highlight the wide range of additional services available from pharmacists.

They can offer free expert advice on a wide range of health issues, support for self-care and medicines to treat common complaints such as coughs and colds, flu, sore throats, earache, backache, stomach upsets and cuts and grazes.

Cornwall also benefits from enhanced local services such as a local ailments scheme and an urgent repeat medicines scheme. This normally runs outside of GP hours, however in holiday periods such as Christmas, Easter and summer holidays the service also operates in GP hours too.

Georgina Praed, head of prescribing and medicines optimisation at NHS Kernow said: “Community pharmacists in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly provide an invaluable resource for the public to make use of. They are highly qualified healthcare professionals with expert knowledge of over-the-counter medicines and prescriptions.

“With their support we have been able to introduce new services in the local area such as the urgent repeat medicines scheme that allows patients that have run out of repeat medication to access most items through community pharmacy rather than the out of hours service.

“Earlier this year, we also ran our Think campaign in conjunction with local pharmacists, encouraging patients to review their prescriptions and only order what they need. This has proved very successful.

“Patients can get help and advice from their pharmacist on a wide range of minor ailments, getting the most out of their medicines and maintaining their health. I would encourage people to make the most of them.”

Many local pharmacies are also offering flu vaccinations, avoiding the need for people to make an appointment with their GP.  Ask your pharmacist for more information.

To find your nearest pharmacy go to www.nhs.uk or text the word pharmacy to 64746 to receive free texts with the name, address and telephone number of three nearest chemists.

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5:45am Mon 4 Nov 13

Medifix says...

Mr Georgina Praed, head of prescribing and medicines optimisation at NHS must first list or define "Minor ailment" before offering advice patients to get help from chemist. He must also be aware of the consequences of this this media campaign. People who read this article and assume pharmacists are experts who can advice treatment must know there is no symptom that is specific to any illness. If people assume cough, runny nose, fever, sore throat or flu is a common ailment and delay seeing advice and help from doctors, I am sorry to say you may develop complication that is difficult to manage.

The reason 37000 developed complication and died was mainly because patients with common infections were reassured (nurses or in-experienced doctors) or did not return to consult doctors early.

I have been a strong critic of allowing nurses to examine, diagnose and prescribe antibiotics because I have seen, collected information and informed athoraties. Unfortunately, people like Mr Georgina Praed believes they can save money for NHS are putting lives of people and others in the community at risk. These people in power have harassed, humiliated and ostracised doctors like me for apposing such callous attitude.

I have developed a simple tool based on clinical acumen to make sure people who trust doctors do not suffer. This is a simple tool called "MAYA" (Medical Advice You Access) to help you decide who you can consult. This is FREE for patients and GPs can contact me if they wish to use this in their surgery. Please use this and make sure your loved ones or you will not suffer, delay consulting a doctor when YOU MUST and avoid visits when you can.
Mr Georgina Praed, head of prescribing and medicines optimisation at NHS must first list or define "Minor ailment" before offering advice patients to get help from chemist. He must also be aware of the consequences of this this media campaign. People who read this article and assume pharmacists are experts who can advice treatment must know there is no symptom that is specific to any illness. If people assume cough, runny nose, fever, sore throat or flu is a common ailment and delay seeing advice and help from doctors, I am sorry to say you may develop complication that is difficult to manage. The reason 37000 developed complication and died was mainly because patients with common infections were reassured (nurses or in-experienced doctors) or did not return to consult doctors early. I have been a strong critic of allowing nurses to examine, diagnose and prescribe antibiotics because I have seen, collected information and informed athoraties. Unfortunately, people like Mr Georgina Praed believes they can save money for NHS are putting lives of people and others in the community at risk. These people in power have harassed, humiliated and ostracised doctors like me for apposing such callous attitude. I have developed a simple tool based on clinical acumen to make sure people who trust doctors do not suffer. This is a simple tool called "MAYA" (Medical Advice You Access) to help you decide who you can consult. This is FREE for patients and GPs can contact me if they wish to use this in their surgery. Please use this and make sure your loved ones or you will not suffer, delay consulting a doctor when YOU MUST and avoid visits when you can. Medifix
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5:53am Mon 4 Nov 13

Medifix says...

I have worked as a doctor in the NHS, trained medical students and junior doctors for almost thirty years and know what I am talking about.

Please check out some of the videos in youtube and learn how to differentiate between "Well" and "Unwell" and not assume you have a "Common ailment" and so delay consulting an experienced doctor and land up in hospital as an emergency. It will not only be difficult for doctors to mange and at times even GOD may not be able to help save you.
I have worked as a doctor in the NHS, trained medical students and junior doctors for almost thirty years and know what I am talking about. Please check out some of the videos in youtube and learn how to differentiate between "Well" and "Unwell" and not assume you have a "Common ailment" and so delay consulting an experienced doctor and land up in hospital as an emergency. It will not only be difficult for doctors to mange and at times even GOD may not be able to help save you. Medifix
  • Score: -3

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