NHS win­ter plea to use phar­ma­cies

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update -

RES­I­DENTS in Lin­colnshire have been urged not to at­tend hos­pi­tals or GP surg­eries with com­mon ill­nesses like coughs, colds, aches and pains over the win­ter when they can at­tend a phar­macy in­stead.

NHS Lin­colnshire wants to re­duce the pres­sure on GPS and hos­pi­tal staff over Christ­mas and has ad­vised res­i­dents to be well stocked up on over-the-coun- ter medicine so they do not need to go out in win­try weather when suf­fer­ing mi­nor ail­ments.

Stephen Gib­son, head of pre­scrib­ing and medicines man­age­ment for NHS Lin­colnshire said: “The last thing any­one wants over the hol­i­days is to be ill. Un­for­tu­nately, in win­ter coughs, colds, sore throats, flu, stom­ach bugs and other ail­ments are all too com­mon.

“If you need ad­vice or help with mi­nor ail­ments or need to pur­chase over-the-counter treat­ments, your first port of call should usu­ally be your lo­cal com­mu­nity phar­macy. If your symp­toms per­sist or get worse make an ap­point­ment with your GP.”

For those who think they need to have med­i­cal help, but are not sure who to call, con­tact the NHS free on 111.

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