Health bosses in Fylde and Wyre are encouraging people to use their local Pharmacy+ Clinic to treat minor illnesses this Easter instead of making a GP appointment.

Twenty eight pharmacies across Fleetwood, Thornton, Cleveleys, Poulton, Lytham, St Annes, Kirkham, Wesham and Freckleton currently offer the service. A list of pharmacies providing the service can be found on the Pharmacy+ Clinic website or people can contact their GP practice for details of their nearest participating pharmacy.

Pharmacists are experts in medicines and minor ailments and can treat many common minor illnesses. Under the Pharmacy+ Clinic scheme, they will offer patients a confidential consultation before offering healthcare advice and medicines where appropriate.

Fleetwood GP and NHS Fylde and Wyre CCG vice chair, Dr Adam Janjua, said: “The Pharmacy+ Clinic scheme has been designed to allow local people to get the right advice and treatment for minor illnesses in the quickest and most convenient way.

“Seeing a pharmacist for minor illnesses like coughs and colds will mean GPs have more time to see patients with more serious and complicated illnesses. With that in mind, I would ask people to consider using a Pharmacy+ Clinic if they have a minor illness instead of making an appointment to see a doctor or nurse.”

Any patient registered with a GP in Fylde and Wyre can use the scheme, although children under 16 should have a parent, guardian or carer with them when they speak to the pharmacist. Patients who don’t normally pay for prescriptions won’t have to pay for medication under the scheme.

For pharmacy Easter opening times please visit the Pharmacy+ Clinic website.

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