Welcome to my new blog on getting the best out of your local pharmacy. I've been writing about health for over 20 years. I have spent a considerable amount of time writing for pharmacists and the rest of the pharmacy team. Well now it's time for me to write about pharmacies with the customer in mind.
A pharmacy is the 'health clinic on the high street' at the heart of the community. It provides easily-accessible health advice from a highly qualified healthcare professional, alongside effective products and medicines for a wide range of symptoms.
According to the National Pharmacy Association (NPA), 90% of people in Britain visit a pharmacy at least once a year, and there are 1.6 million visits to a pharmacy every day. Ninety-six percent of the population can get to a pharmacy within 20 minutes by walking or using public transport. Yet surveys by the NPA reveal that while people visit a pharmacy for medicines advice, many don't know about the wide range of services and other products on offer.
My blog will be looking at products and services offered by Britain's 13,000 community pharmacies - from eczema creams to cold and flu relief, prescription charges to blood pressure checks, and weight management advice to Medicines Use Reviews (MURs).