Minor ailments, Eye conditions and Serious illness
It is estimated that every year, 50 million visits to the GP are made for minor ailments such as coughs and colds, mild eczema, and athlete's foot, which could be easily managed by a Community Pharmacist.
Community Pharmacists offer professional free health advice on everyday illnesses, such as cough, colds, aches and pains. They can also advise about prescribed and over-the-counter medicines. They may signpost you to speak to a GP if they feel this is more appropriate.
Pharmacists can also offer expertise on health eating, obesity and giving up smoking.
Serious Illness/ Emergency
Emergency Department (A&E)
Major A&E departments assess and treat patients who have serious injuries or illnesses. Generally, you should visit A&E or call 999 for emergencies, such as:
loss of consciousness,
severe pain not easing with simple analgesia
acute confused state,
persistent, severe chest pain, or
If you are injured or seriously ill, you should go, or be taken, to A&E. If an ambulance is needed you can call 999, the emergency phone number in the UK.
Major A&E departments offer access 365 days a year and usually open 24 hours a day. Be aware that not all hospitals have an A&E department.
A new Consultant led Urgent Care Centre has recently opened in the Downe Hospital's Emergency Department. This is operating 8am-6pm, Monday- Friday on an appointment only basis.
To access this service you must call 028 4483 8091