National Self-Care Week is an annual event aimed at empowering patients to take more control of their own health and to get the best use of the NHS. Many minor ailments can be treated by patients themselves or by a quick trip to the local pharmacy where pharmacists are able to give expert advice.

Pharmacists are expert healthcare professionals who can give advice and recommend treatments for a wide range of minor health conditions as well as offer advice on diet, stop smoking support and general health advice. Your pharmacist can explain the normal duration of ailments and give advice on symptom relief. Remember that you don’t need antibiotics for colds and flu.

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