A West Dunbartonshire pharmacist has had a starring role in a new NHS video, which aims to encourage people to make the best use of their local pharmacy for common ailments.
The ‘Meet the Experts’ film was produced by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde for patients in the West Dunbartonshire area, informing them of the types of issues a pharmacist can help with.
Duntocher Pharmacist Rebecca Craig said: “I hope the video encourages more patients to actively seek out our services. The benefits are that people can access a healthcare professional at a moment’s notice – and without an appointment.
“Pharmacists can give prescriptions for minor ailments, which are free of charge and if it’s a sensitive matter that a patient needs to discuss we can see them in private area, away from other people. Community pharmacies have helped thousands of patients to quit smoking.
“There’s also a new service in Scotland – Pharmacy First – which has given us more scope to treat common ailments without the need to see a GP. I hope people enjoy the video and it help spread the word that we are here to help in a quick, convenient way.”
Marie Farrell, NHSGGC’s Director for Clyde said: “Many common ailments, such as colds and flu or stomach upsets, can be treated without going to GPs or local hospitals and pharmacists are often the most appropriate professional to help with these conditions.
“Pharmacists play a very important role within the NHS and we regularly encourage people to use their services where appropriate, as part of our ‘Know who to turn to’ campaigns.
“Rebecca is well known and respected in her community and I’m sure her new video will be warmly received.”
The film can be viewed at : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_emq-9VJo9Y
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