Campaign urges people to think twice before seeing your GP

Campaign urges people to think twice before seeing your GP

Campaign urges people to think twice before seeing your GP

First published in News by , Senior Reporter

AN estimated 50 million people with minor ailments visited their GP last year costing the NHS around £2 million said one pharmacist backing a new campaign to ease the burden on the health service.

‘Ask the Pharmacist’ will appeal to people to think before going to their GP with illnesses such as colds .

Pharmacist Eimear Heneghan from Clarks chemist on Robins Lane in Sutton said: “Many people don’t realise their local pharmacy can support with a number of minor ailments.

“We want to help locals manage their health effectively so when they feel under the weather we’re asking people to visit their local pharmacy as a first port of call.

“The pharmacy is well placed to offer information and support when making health decisions.

“Children’s fever, coughs and colds, ear ache and sprains are just some of the ailments we can offer expert advice and treatment for.

“With no appointment necessary this can be a convenient source of help for parents who are looking for speedy reassurance and support for their little ones.”

Visit allabouthealth.org.uk for an A-Z list of ailments to help people make the right choice in seeking medical advice.

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3:29pm Sat 17 May 14

yourtakinthepiss says...

50 million people cost the NHS £2 million pounds to see a doctor. That seems good value to me. It works out at 4p per visit. Where exactly are you looking for savings?
50 million people cost the NHS £2 million pounds to see a doctor. That seems good value to me. It works out at 4p per visit. Where exactly are you looking for savings? yourtakinthepiss
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4:04pm Sun 18 May 14

keepitreel says...

so we go to a chemist,stand for an hour behind the line of people waiting for their prescriptions to be done as the two girls have to ask the chemist to check everything,no were to sit and then to be told to buy some tablets over the counter or better to go to your g.p,i remember years ago going to the chemist for my dad and asking him to mix my dad a bottle for his chest or sore throat and in a flash you got a brown bottle with some elixir to ease the problem,why did that stop.
so we go to a chemist,stand for an hour behind the line of people waiting for their prescriptions to be done as the two girls have to ask the chemist to check everything,no were to sit and then to be told to buy some tablets over the counter or better to go to your g.p,i remember years ago going to the chemist for my dad and asking him to mix my dad a bottle for his chest or sore throat and in a flash you got a brown bottle with some elixir to ease the problem,why did that stop. keepitreel
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6:47pm Thu 22 May 14

jumperr says...

Put the chemist in the doctors if they can't do any thing through the door there's the doctor
Put the chemist in the doctors if they can't do any thing through the door there's the doctor jumperr
  • Score: 1

9:32pm Thu 22 May 14

norm says...

What a laugh! I went to Boots a few weeks ago for some over the counter cold remedies (I've had many times over the years and am still alive) for the sniffles and was refused at the till and told I must see my doctor for them because I am on blood pressure tablets.
What a laugh! I went to Boots a few weeks ago for some over the counter cold remedies (I've had many times over the years and am still alive) for the sniffles and was refused at the till and told I must see my doctor for them because I am on blood pressure tablets. norm
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9:37pm Thu 22 May 14

norm says...

... I just went to Tesco and got them.
... I just went to Tesco and got them. norm
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