The NHS has published comprehensive advice through its Stay Well campaign to help patients in Leeds choose the right care this winter.
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- If you start to feel unwell, even if it is just a cough or cold, don’t wait until it gets worse and visit your pharmacist.
- For people who have been prescribed medication, don’t forget to pick up your prescription before the Christmas holidays start as many GP practices and pharmacies close over the holidays.
- If you do need help over the holiday period when your GP surgery or pharmacy is closed, call NHS 111 for advice. People can find local services that are available during holiday periods at www.nhs.uk
- With long-term health conditions, like Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), bronchitis, emphysema, diabetes, heart or kidney disease, or those who have suffered a stroke, cold weather can make these issues much worse.
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- If you start to feel unwell, at the first signs of winter respiratory illness, get advice from your pharmacist, before it gets more serious.
- Older neighbours, relatives or friends in the community are more vulnerable in the winter months and may need extra help. To ensure no-one is left out in the cold, keep in touch, check if they are feeling under the weather, help them stock up on food supplies and make sure they have the necessary medication before the Christmas holidays begin.
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- For patients who have had a cough for three weeks or more, they are advised to see their GP.
Click here for more Stay Well NHS tips this winter
What can pharmacists give advice on?
Pharmacists may be able to help with the following health conditions:
- Mild skin conditions, such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, impetigo, athlete’s foot
- Coughs and colds, including blocked nose, and sore throats
- Bruises, sunburn, and minor burns and scalds
- Constipation and piles or haemorrhoids
- Hay fever, dry eyes and allergies, including rashes, bites and stings
- Aches and pains, like earache, headache, migraine, back pain and toothache
- Vomiting, heartburn, indigestion, diarrhoea and threadworms
- Period pain, thrush and cystitis
- Head lice
- Conjunctivitis, cold sores and mouth ulcers
- Warts and verrucas
- Nappy rash and teething