NHS winter plea to use pharmacies
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.