Today, Wednesday 8 November, Rachael Maskell MP visited the Day Lewis Pharmacy on Front Street, Acomb to learn more about how North Yorkshire Community Pharmacies are supporting the NHS England and Public Health England national campaign to help people prepare for winter weather. The message is to “Stay Well This Winter” and to encourage people most at risk from cold weather, including those with long-term health conditions and the over 65s, to prepare for the lower temperatures. Click here to read the Minster FM article.

At the visit Ms Maskell was also informed about the “Think Pharmacy First” campaign. This aims to encourage the public to contact their pharmacy first when suffering with colds/coughs and minor ailments, rather than making an appointment to see their GP or attending A&E.

All Pharmacists have trained for five years and can offer expert advice on lots of minor ailments. Most pharmacies in North Yorkshire offer confidential consultation rooms too. They can help with common problems such as coughs, colds, aches and pains, treating minor injuries and infections.

If they can’t help, they’ll tell you whether you need to see a doctor or where else you could get the best treatment.

Rachael Maskell MP says:

“It was great to visit the Day Lewis Pharmacy today in Acomb to learn more about the ‘Stay well this winter campaign’. On average 215,000 prescriptions are dispensed every month in the Vale of York CCG area. This is a very high foot fall of people visiting their local community pharmacy given the area’s population is 331,000. Local Community Pharmacies like the Day Lewis in Acomb are ideally placed to treat many minor aliments as it is possible to see a skilled health professional that can advise on common problems such as coughs, colds, aches and pains and treating minor injuries and infections. So, if you’re suffering from a minor illness, injury or condition and need help, try your local pharmacy first.”

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