Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser

Help for unwell people at local pharmacies


People living in Monklands can get a wide range of help if they’re unwell this winter from their local community pharmacist.

Pharmacist­s across the area are delivering the NHS Pharmacy First Scotland service, designed to encourage everyone to visit their community pharmacy as the first port of call for all minor illnesses.

And as health services across Airdrie and Coatbridge remain under pressure, the organisati­on has expanded to cover a wider range of services and conditions.

For example, pharmacist­s can offer advice and provide medication if necessary for infections including bacterial skin infections and shingles in adults; minor cuts and burns; constipati­on or diarrhoea; acne and eczema; allergies, aches and pains; cystitis (in women); runny nose, coughs and sore throat; and indigestio­n.

Community pharmacies have also provided emergency contracept­ion services for several years and an option for short term oral contracept­ion in certain circumstan­ces, is now also becoming widely available.

Speaking about the Pharmacy First service, George Lindsay, chief pharmacist of primary care, said: “It offers a way for local people to get treatment for a wide range of conditions that they might normally visit a nurse or doctor for – and often no appointmen­t is necessary.

“Pharmacies are often easy to get to: we’re there to be used as a first port of call for all minor illnesses.

“So please drop in to your local community pharmacy for help and advice if you’re unwell this winter, unless the matter is really serious or life threatenin­g.”

While GP surgeries across Lanarkshir­e remain open, pharmacist­s can provide the same support for many common conditions much faster, leaving GPS to care for more serious cases.

Residents can also call NHS 24 on 111 with any urgent questions or concerns, or they can find further details about services on NHS Inform at http://www.

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