It’s national Ask Your Pharmacist Week (1-8 November).

The theme of this year’s campaign is ‘your local pharmacy can help’, raising awareness of the variety of problems to which community pharmacy has solutions.

Pharmacies are part of the NHS family and the range of clinical services provided by community pharmacies has expanded significantly in recent years – with several more services having come on stream in 2021.

People’s positive experience of community pharmacy during the coronavirus pandemic has raised expectations of what their local pharmacy can offer them.

Pharmacy teams work with other professionals, such as doctors and nurses, to give you the best possible care as part of the local healthcare team.

Visit your local pharmacy to receive clinical advice and prompt treatment for common illnesses like eye infections, earaches and itchy skin. You can have your blood pressure checked, get advice on taking new medicines or receive guidance on changes to your prescribed medication after leaving hospital.

Pharmacists are experts in the use of medicines, managing minor illnesses and providing health and wellbeing advice. So, for NHS services, convenient access to medicines, support for healthy living and prompt clinical advice, Ask Your Pharmacist!

Click here to find your local pharmacist.

Watch this short animation showing the increasing ways in which your local community pharmacy can help:

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