Don’t wait until it gets worse, ask your pharmacy team first.

NHS ‘Help Us Help You’ before it gets worse

Help us help you by speaking with your local pharmacy team about minor health concerns before they get worse. They can help with clinical advice for all sorts of illnesses right there and then, and if your symptoms suggest it’s something more serious, they have the right training to ensure you get the help you need. If they think it is something more serious they can make sure you get the help you need from a doctor or at a hospital.

Why visit the pharmacy? Pharmacists are qualified healthcare professionals with the clinical know-how to give you the help you need. They can assess your minor illness and recommend the right treatment, whether it’s over-the-counter medicines, a few days rest or a bit of reassurance. pharmacy servicesWhat can pharmacists help you with? They are the right people to see for minor health concerns such as:

• Sore throats
• Coughs, colds and flu
• Tummy troubles
• Aches and pains
• Red eyes
• Sleeping problems
• Athlete’s foot
• Mouth ulcers
• Constipation and diarrhoea

The quickest way to get the help you need. You can talk to the pharmacist or pharmacy technician in your local pharmacy. Most people live within easy reach of one, and with many now offering longer opening hours, it’s easier to get the help and advice you need, without booking an appointment.
Did you know? The pharmacy team can help with many other aspects of healthcare. They can provide healthy living services and support to help you to quit smoking, reduce alcohol consumption and lose weight. Your pharmacy team can also assist with clinical activities such as explaining how to take new medicines.

For more information and to help you find your nearest pharmacy, visit ‘Help Us Help You’ before it gets worse

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The Stay Well This Winter campaign – from NHS England and Public Health England

Focus on Disability is supporting the 2016/17 Stay Well This Winter campaign.

The Stay Well This Winter campaign is a joint initiative from NHS England and Public Health England, which encourages people with long-term conditions and those over 65 to be ready for the colder season and to seek immediate advice and help from a pharmacist as soon as they feel unwell, before their condition gets more serious.

Cold weather can be very harmful, especially for people age 65 or older: it weakens the immune system, increases blood pressure, thickens the blood and lowers body temperature, increasing risks of high blood pressure, heart attacks, strokes, and chest infections. For those with COPD; bronchitis, emphysema; diabetes or heart and kidney, cold weather, and winter illnesses such as flu, can make health problems like these far worse.

Stay well this winter

There are a number of things which can help people prepare against the cold weather.

It is important to keep warm in winter – both inside and outdoors as it can help to prevent colds, flu and more serious health problems, such as heart attacks, strokes, pneumonia and depression. Heat your home to at least 18°C (65°F), if you can, you might prefer your living room to be slightly warmer.

At the first sign of a cough or a cold get help from your pharmacist before it gets more serious and make sure you speak to your pharmacist about medicines you should have in stock to help get you and your family through the winter season.

Keep an eye out for elderly relatives and neighbours. Supporting them in the cold weather can help them stay well this winter.

And it’s still not too late, if you are eligible make sure you get your free flu jab. It’s free because you need it. Contact your GP or pharmacist. If you are the main carer of an older or disabled person you may also be eligible for the free flu jab, speak to your GP.

The Stay Well This Winter campaign can help you and your family prepare for winter. Visit for more information. Or follow the campaign on twitter or facebook at #StayWellThisWinter