‘Stay Well Pharmacy’ is a new campaign from NHS England which encourages people, especially parents and carers of children under the age of five, to visit their local pharmacy team first for clinical advice for minor health concerns such as sore throats, coughs, colds, tummy troubles and teething.
The key message is: community pharmacists and pharmacy technicians are qualified healthcare professionals who are the right people to see if you need clinical advice or over the counter medicines to help safely manage a wide range of minor health concerns.
We’re asking primary care health professionals to support the campaign by using the campaign resources and highlighting to the public that pharmacists are trained in managing minor illness and can assess symptoms and recommend the best course of treatment or simply provide reassurance.
What’s more, if symptoms suggest it’s something more serious, pharmacists have the right clinical training to ensure people get the help they need.
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. Most community pharmacies (over 90%) also now offer a 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.
Stay Well Pharmacy campaign resources
Take a look at the resources, including posters and leaflets, for the Stay Well Pharmacy campaign.
How to support the campaign in social media
Here are some campaign assets for you to share/post/retweet in appropriate channels:
Cut down TV Ad, Twitter post
— NHS Choices (@NHSChoices) February 12, 2018
Cut down TV Ad, Facebook post
Pharmacists are qualified healthcare professionals offering expert clinical advice: nhs.uk/staywellpharmacy
Posted by NHS Choices on Monday, February 12, 2018
Cut downs of kids play pharmacists posts
Tummy troubles: https://facebook.com/10156200052731543/
Dress up: https://facebook.com/10156200059081543/
No appointment necessary: https://facebook.com/10212317893770171
The full Stay Well Pharmacy TV ad
The full length ‘Kids’ Stay Well Pharmacy video