If you’re suffering with a sore throat, cough, cold or other minor health concern did you know you can visit your local pharmacy first for professional healthcare advice.

With most people living within easy reach of a pharmacy and with many pharmacies offering extended opening hours in the evenings and at weekends, pharmacy teams offer fast and convenient clinical support with no appointment needed.

A new campaign ‘Stay Well Pharmacy’ aims to remind people about the support available from your local pharmacy, especially the parents and carers of children under the age of five.

Pharmacists are trained in managing minor illness, such as sore throats, coughs, colds, tummy troubles, teething as well as aches and pains. They can assess symptoms and recommend the best course of treatment.

Visiting the pharmacy is really convenient as no appointment is needed and if you prefer you can ask to use the private consultation room.

Using a pharmacy for minor health concerns will help free up GP time for more urgent appointments and help reduce non-emergency A&E visits.

Find your nearest NHS pharmacy services and opening hours.