UK doctors tell patients to see a pharmacist for minor ailments

They have endorsed a government campaign aimed at reducing GP workload

UK doctors have come out in support of a government campaign that encourages patients to visit their local pharmacist for minor ailments instead of seeing a GP.

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The idea is for pharmacists take the pressure off overworked GPs during the busy winter months, particularly for coughs and colds, sore throats and tummy problems.

Patients are also being encouraged to seek pharmacist advice for repeat prescriptions, aches and pains, ear ache, cystitis and skin rashes.

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