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Winter help for unwell residents on offer from community pharmacies


People living in Monklands can get a wide range of help if they are 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 the region remain under pressure, the Pharmacy First Service 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, cconstipat­ion or diarrhoea, acne and eczema, allergies, aches and pains, cystitis (in women), runny nose, coughs and sore throat, and indigestio­n.

Speaking about the Pharmacy First service, George Lindsay, chief pharmacist primary care, said:“the service 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.”

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