Think Pharmacy this Winter

As winter kicks in, Stockport residents troubled by minor common winter ailments such as a cough or cold are being urged to contact their local pharmacist in the first instance.

If you are otherwise healthy the symptoms of coughs and colds minor can be treated at home with a well stocked up medicine cabinet without the need for a trip to the doctors.

Your local pharmacist can give advice on common ailments and advise on medications for many minor health conditions freeing up the emergency services and GP services to deal with more serious conditions.
General advice includes using paracetamol or ibuprofen if you have a temperature caused by coughs, cold or flu, or for pain relief for complaints such as earache, stomach ache, sore throats, general aches and sprains.
For older people and those with an underlying health condition it is always advisable to consult a pharmacist at the first sign of a winter illness to prevent it developing into anything more serious. The pharmacist can also advise whether it is necessary to see a doctor.

Councillor Tom McGee, Stockport Council’s Cabinet Member for Health, said:
“There is still no cure for the common cold and many other winter viruses, so in the majority of cases it is not necessary to visit your GP with such conditions. Many people don’t realize that pharmacists are highly trained health professionals who can deal with many minor ailments and also advise you on managing other conditions such as asthma. We are therefore urging residents to consult their pharmacist if they are troubled by such illnesses. I also urge residents to make a note of pharmacy opening times for the upcoming Bank Holidays when GP practices are closed. ”

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For NHS advice on treating common ailments and how to stay well this winter see www.nhs.uk/staywell
For more local information about How to Stay Well this Winter go to our Winter pages and download a copy of Stockport People – a local guide with useful contacts and advice

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