Pharmacists can help people to self-care and manage their own health

Date added: 23 December 2021

Self-care is something millions of us do every day – for positive and practical reasons.

It’s about trying to keep fit and healthy when you have a minor health condition that can be managed and doesn’t normally require you seeing a doctor or any treatment in order to get better.

Self-care is understanding when you can look after yourself, when a pharmacist can help, and when to get advice from your GP or another health professional. If you have a long-term condition, self-care is about understanding that condition and how to live with it.

The good news is if you need advice if you’re unsure if your condition is minor, or if you stay at home and rest until your illness goes away of its own accord - your local pharmacist is here to help.

Local pharmacists are experts in medicines who can help you and your family with minor health concerns. They provide NHS services in the same way as your GP, but it’s a walk-in service, open all day.

As qualified healthcare professionals, they can offer clinical advice and over-the-counter medicines for a range of minor illnesses, such as coughs, colds, sore throats, tummy trouble and aches and pains or signpost you to the appropriate medical care if you need it.

Make sure you know the opening times for your local pharmacy during the festive period. You are advised to contact the pharmacy before attending to ensure they are open and have the medication you require.

You can view Christmas and New Year 2021-2022 pharmacy opening times on the NHS website.