'Ask Your Pharmacist' this week
Did you know that in Lambeth we have 64 pharmacies? They are local, convenient and many of them are open 7 days a week. The pharmacy near you is a great place to go to get professional medical advice on everyday health issues – and you don’t even need an appointment.
Monday 4 November 2013 is the start of start of ‘Ask Your Pharmacist’ week, which is an opportunity for pharmacists to highlight what they do and encourage more people to make the most of the services available to you.
Pharmacists are highly qualified healthcare professionals - specialists in being able to give you advice about how to take care of yourself when suffering from routine health problems. They can give you advice about the right medicines to treat common complaints such as coughs and colds, flu, backache, stomach upsets and cuts and grazes.
Lambeth pharmacist, Nye Patel said “You don’t need to make an appointment and you don’t need to be registered with us. Your local pharmacy has a trained team to offer advice for common conditions and minor ailments. We will recommend medicine appropriate to your symptoms asking relevant questions for your safety. If we feel you need to be seen by a GP or dentist, we will signpost you to the best service for you. More people suffer with coughs and colds in the winter. Antibiotics don’t help if you have a viral infection, so your doctor may well suggest a chat with your pharmacist. Many of us provide clinics and support groups and can give individual consultations that are private and confidential, so you can feel confident talking to us about anything that’s worrying you about your health”.