People in Sandwell and West Birmingham asked to ‘think pharmacy’

(from Sandwell & West Birmingham CCG)

This autumn and winter, including October half term, health leaders from Sandwell and West Birmingham are encouraging people to visit their local community pharmacy for helpful health advice.

Community pharmacists and their teams are highly trained healthcare professionals and can give clinical and practical medical advice or over-the-counter medicines to help safely manage minor health issues such as: sore throats, coughs, colds, tummy troubles, teething problems and aches and pains.

Pharmacists have five years of training and are qualified to assess symptoms and manage minor illnesses and ailments. They can recommend the best course of treatment. If it is something more serious, they will direct people to the most appropriate healthcare service to receive the help they need.

Dr Ian Sykes, GP and Chair from NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: “Community pharmacists work closely with their local communities and are a great resource for anyone needing help, medical advice or support.


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