People urged to visit their pharmacy first for minor ailments

PUBLISHED: 11:00 01 August 2018

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Health bosses are encouraging people to visit their pharmacy first for minor illnesses.

The Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (BNSSG CCG) claims one fifth of GP appointments are taken up by minor illnesses which could be better dealt with in other settings such as pharmacies.

The cost to the NHS of prescribing over-the-counter medicines is around £4million, part of which could be saved to fund the treatment of other conditions.

Dr Shaba Nabi, clinical lead for prescribing at BNSSG CCG said: “Every home should have a medicine cabinet which is fully stocked with essential medicines and products such as painkillers, indigestion tablets and a first aid kit, all of which you can purchase from your pharmacy.”

For more information, visit www.bnssgccg.nhs.uk/pharmacyfirst

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