The main aim of the ‘Help Us, Help You’ campaign is to raise awareness and encourage people to take responsibility for managing their own health, by visiting trained pharmacists for minor health concerns before it develops into something more serious.

Dr Steve Ollerton, Chair, NHS Greater Huddersfield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and local GP added: “Make your pharmacy the first place you go for help and advice. Many pharmacies are open long hours including evenings and weekends and you don’t need an appointment to speak to the pharmacist.”

With approximately 11,700 locations around England, pharmacies are staffed by qualified healthcare professionals and experts in medicines, who can offer a medical assessment, advice, reassurance and over the counter medicines for a range of minor health conditions including coughs, colds, sore throats, stomach troubles, aches, pains and more, as well as a private consultation room if needed. Being seen in a pharmacy doesn’t need an appointment and can provide a faster and more convenient service.

Pharmacists train for five years in the use of medicines, managing minor illnesses and providing health and wellbeing advice. Pharmacy technicians are also highly trained, registered health professionals to ensure that they can help the NHS treat more people safely, conveniently and well. If your health concern is more serious, they can also refer to GPs and A&E where necessary.

Dr David Kelly, local GP and Chair of NHS North Kirklees CCG said: “Pharmacies in England provide a service to around 1.2 million people every day. If you are suffering from a minor health concern, don’t wait for it to get worse. Speak to your local pharmacist for the right advice, right away. Help us, help you, before it gets worse.”

Visit nhs.uk/pharmacyadvice for more information.