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Think Pharmacy in west Kent

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    Local pharmacies can offer a wealth of health support and should be the first port of call for common illnesses such as coughs and colds.


    That’s the message from NHS West Kent Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) which is urging people across Maidstone, Sevenoaks, Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells areas to think of their pharmacy first for common common ailments.

    Dr Bob Bowes, Chair of NHS West Kent CCG, said:
    Throughout Ask Your Pharmacist Week, which takes place from 10 to 16 November, NHS West Kent CCG is reminding local people to visit their pharmacy for advice.

    Dr Bowes said:
    Pharmacies also offer health improvement services such as stop smoking and weight management.

    Chris Nicholls, from Hadlow Pharmacy, Hadlow, said:
    The push to use pharmacists comes as the winter season of coughs and colds begins. The best treatment for a cold is to drink fluids, take paracetamol and to stay in bed. Antibiotics don’t work against viral infections such as colds and will not be prescribed by your doctor.

    To find your nearest pharmacist, and check opening hours, see www.healthhelpnow-nhs.net

    The Health Help Now web app is free to use and has been developed by local GPs and health professionals to help people in Kentfind out about local health services..

    For more advice on treating winter ailments, how long you can expect symptoms to last, and warning signs to look out for, see www.treatyourselfbetter.co.uk or NHS Choices www.nhs.uk

    Pharmacy First

    NHS West Kent Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has launched the Pharmacy First Common Ailments Scheme which helps people who don’t usually have to pay for NHS prescriptions access medicines for common minor ailments, free of charge.

    The Pharmacy First scheme is operating across Maidstone, Sevenoaks, Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells and surrounding areas. Many pharmacies are displaying posters in their windows promoting it.

    Common ailments covered by the Pharmacy First scheme include cold sores, conjunctivitis, constipation, coughs, cystitis, diarrhoea, earache, fever, headache, hay fever, insect bites / stings, mild eczema / dry skin, common cold symptoms, sprains and strains, and vaginal thrush.

    Treatment is available free of charge if you are eligible for free NHS prescriptions. However, if you usually pay for your prescriptions, your pharmacist will be able to offer you advice for free. Your pharmacist will be able to suggest which medicines are suitable for you; some medicines may be less expensive than the current NHS prescription charge.

    Pharmacy First is a joint initiative between NHS West Kent CCG and the Kent Local Pharmaceutical Committee.

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