The earlier, the better

Gill Hawksworth webby  Gill Hawksworth MBE, FRPharmsS and RPS Faculty Fellow

Patients sometimes end up in A&E or being admitted to hospital because they have soldiered on with a health problem rather than getting advice from a health professional.

Some patients almost need permission to ask for help. In particular, older people, often some of our most conscientious users of the NHS, can be reluctant to ‘bother the doctor’. Community pharmacists are ideal health advisors as we are approachable, easily accessible and spend a lot of time advising and treating people with common health complaints before they get worse and escalate to the point where they need more serious treatment. Read more The earlier, the better