Eastbourne MP Caroline Ansell is reminding people to visit their pharmacy this festive season to free up space at the busy GP surgeries and A&E.
Caroline visited Kamsons Pharmacy in Victoria Drive in Eastbourne and Boots Pharmacy at Sovereign Harbour to see how community pharmacies operate at the heart of the communities they serve, offering high quality health services and advice.
Caroline said, “Open daytime, evenings and at the weekend, accessible without an appointment, community pharmacies can provide advice about common conditions, health and medicines which may save an unnecessary trip to the GP or even A &E.”
Community pharmacies not only dispense prescriptions, they also offer a range of other services.
These include personalised medicines advice, help to quit smoking, flu vaccinations, treatment for minor conditions, advice on preventing disease, help with the safe use of medicines, assistance to care homes.
More than 90 per cent of pharmacies now have consultation rooms installed from which to provide these services.
Many pharmacies also supervise the consumption of medicines to treat substance misuse and support patients to live independently.
Pharmacies are now offering free NHS flu jabs to all adults aged 65 years and people in clinical risk groups.
Community pharmacists also offer guidance and support on how to use medicines, to help people manage their treatment better and reduce the number of medicines that go on to be wasted or incorrectly used.
Caroline said, “If you start to feel unwell, even if it’s just a cough or a cold, then get help from your pharmacist.”
Boots the Chemist at Sovereign Harbour is part of a multinational chain of pharmacies. Kamsons Pharmacy is a family-owned and Sussex-based group of pharmacies.
Susan Otter has worked as the pharmacist at Victoria Drive for more than 30 years and is a much respected member of the local healthcare community.
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