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34,000 Highlanders get extra help from community pharmacists

Issued: 27 Sep 2007

Figures released today show more than 34,000 people in Highland, Argyll & Bute have registered to receive advice and support for common health conditions from their community pharmacy. The Minor Ailments Service is available to anyone who is exempt from prescription charges and is mostly used by children and older people.

Head of Community Pharmaceutical Services Mary Morton said: "Community pharmacists are already the first port of call for anyone suffering from a common condition like a sore throat or stomach upset. The benefit of the Minor Ailments Service is that people who are exempt from prescription charges can ask a pharmacist for advice on the treatment of minor ailments and if a medicine is required it can be supplied there and then free of charge and without having to make an appointment to see a GP."

Consulting and advising on the treatment of minor ailments has always been a core role provided by community pharmacists. Every day 600,000 people across Scotland visit their local community pharmacy.

Currently 10.9% of all patients registered with a GP in Highland have signed up for the Minor Ailments Service which was introduced across Scotland last year. Ms Morton said: "I would encourage anyone who is exempt from prescription charges to join the growing number of people who are benefiting from this service by registering with their community pharmacist."

She added: "Prescribing by doctors is increasing across the country and the Minor Ailments Service means people have access to medicines without the need for a doctor's appointment. At the same time they are getting professional advice so they know how to get the best from their medicines."

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