Your local pharmacist can help you with any questions you might have about your medical conditions or treatments. Pharmacists are available to assist you without an appointment, in privacy up to six days a week. As highly trained health care professionals, they adhere to the same rules of privacy and confidentiality as your doctor. This extensive training makes them experts about your medications. So, when you need information, help and understanding about making the most of your medicines, ask your pharmacist.
Pharmacists are qualified to give good advice about the availability and use of over-the-counter medicines. They can also advise on self-care medications to deal with mild symptoms.
Some factors to consider when taking medications include allergies, medical history and possible interactions between medications or with food and supplements. Keep your pharmacist informed about any changes in your personal medical profile, and share information about any over-the-counter (OTC) medications, herbal remedies, vitamins, or dietary supplements you might be taking.
Before buying a medicine tell the pharmacist:
• Who it is for - if it is for a child, state the age
• What the symptoms are
• How long the symptoms have been present
• What treatment, if any, has been tried already
• What other medicines are being taken for any other ailment
• If the patient is pregnant or breastfeeding
• If the patient is sensitive or allergic to aspirin or any other medications
If you are taking OTC medication then please let your GP know so that this infomation can be entered into your clinical notes.
NHS 111 is a telephone service available to the general public where you can get advice on how to deal with medical problems. Simply dial 111.
Citizens Advice Bureau
The Macclesfield Citizens advice bureau holds surgeries on the first Tuesday of each month. Appointments can be booked in advance (1.00 and 1.45pm or there is a 'drop in' option for the second half of the afternoon, ie 2.30 to 4.00pm). These surgeries are intended to give support to people in difficulty and might include advice on housing, benefits entitlement, and where to go for assistance.