Check out your local Merton pharmacy for expert clinical advice
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Fast and convenient medical advice is available without an appointment at your local pharmacy
This February, Merton parents and carers of children under the age of five, are being encouraged to visit their local pharmacy team first for advice for minor health concerns such as sore throats, coughs, colds, ear ache, tummy troubles, teething and aches and pains.
Pharmacists are trained experts in using medicines safely. They can advise you on the safe use of prescription and over-the-counter medicines.
Chief Pharmacist for NHS Merton Clinical Commissioning Group's (CCG) Sedina Agama said:
"Community pharmacists and pharmacy counter assistants are a great local resource. Pharmacists are highly qualified healthcare professionals and are the people to see if you need clinical advice or over the counter medicines to help safely manage a wide range of minor health concerns.
"You don't need an appointment and if you would like to buy an over-the-counter medicine, the pharmacist can help you choose one. They can also advise you on whether you need to see a GP.
"Most people live within easy reach of a pharmacy and many pharmacies are now also open in the evenings and at the weekend. Your local pharmacy teams can offer fast and convenient support with no appointment needed.
"Many pharmacies also offer a private consultation room, suitable for a confidential conversation, should it be requested."
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