It is estimated that 50 million visits to the GP are made every year for minor illnesses such as coughs and colds, mild eczema and athlete’s foot. But by visiting your community pharmacy instead, you could save yourself time and trouble. Instead of booking and waiting for a GP appointment, you can visit your community pharmacist at any time – just walk in. Pharmacists are highly qualified healthcare specialists who can offer expert advice without the need for an appointment. They can give advice, and where appropriate, medicines that will help clear up the problem or direct you to a more appropriate healthcare professional or service.
If you have a common health problem a trip to your local community pharmacy should be your first port of call.