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You can guarantee at this time of year booking a GP appointment is like finding gold in your back garden, well it certainly is where I live. Not only that you run the risk of picking up other viruses whilst sat in the waiting room, all those people coughing and spluttering and kindly spreading their germs, for me it is a place to be avoided at all costs.
With added pressure being put on the NHS in the winter months it makes sense to try and find advice and information elsewhere. Did you know you can find a wealth of health information online at the Independent Pharmacy, they have some really useful guides on various illnesses and also you have the convenience of buying medication online, that is if you know what you are treating.
To ease pressure on GP Practices there are many common health conditions which can be addressed by a Pharmacist, these include:
- Coughs and colds can be annoying, tickly coughs and runny noses cannot be treated by doctors but you can buy things to help ease the symptoms
- Hayfever and allergies treatments can be bought easily from pharmacies without the need of seeing your doctor
- Mouth ulcers remedies also do not need a prescription
I have used online pharmacies in the past with good outcomes, they are convenient and offered a wealth of information for the illness I was treating. It saved a lot of time but cost slightly more than what I would usually pay for a prescription but without the inconvenience of taking time off work to attend the GPs.
It really does make sense to try and find alternative ways of treating minor ailments. Pharmacists and online pharmacies could be the way forward in helping to deal with the influx of patients through out the winter months and also throughout the rest of the year. This would help free up a lot of GP time to deal with the more complex needs of some patients.
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