North Tyneside CCG News

Ask your local pharmacist first

Fri 05th November 2021

Local community pharmacists are able to help you and your family with a wide range of healthcare advice and treatment. As winter approaches its important to ask them first for any minor illness or healthy life advice.

At a time when the NHS is facing increasing pressures and demand, people are being reminded of this often, local healthcare support available near them.

Pharmacies are part of the NHS family and the range of clinical services provided by community pharmacies has expanded significantly in recent years. They are trained health professionals who are experts in the use of medicines, managing minor illnesses and providing health and wellbeing advice.

Your local pharmacist can help with lots of minor illnesses and can maybe help you, without you needing to see a GP or other health service. You don’t need to make an appointment and often don’t need to wait long to be seen.

Local Newline pharmacist Mukhwaheguru Sidhu, at Coast Road Pharmacy, Wallsend said; “Our patients are at the heart of our community pharmacies and we always aim to deliver a high standard of service and care. We offer a wide range of services including advising on new medication and delivering flu and Covid vaccines.

“We can help treat lots of common illnesses like eye infections, earaches and itchy skin. And of course, you can talk to us in confidence about your symptoms and we’ll help you to decide whether you need to see a doctor.”

Pharmacy teams work with other professionals, such as doctors and nurses, to give you the best possible care as part of the local healthcare team.

Dr Richard Scott, clinical chair, NHS North Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group said: “I’d encourage patients who are considering going to their GP with sore throats or a cold to think ‘pharmacy first’ to get the advice and treatment they need. They can also help prepare you for winter so you have a well-stocked medicine cabinet ready at home – just ask your pharmacist!”

To find your nearest pharmacist check here.