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As we approach the Easter bank Holiday weekend, the NHS in Coventry and Warwickshire are asking people to ‘Think Pharmacy’ if they become unwell and need treatment for minor illnesses.

Local pharmacies can help with a range of common minor health conditions and many have longer opening hours across the bank holiday weekend than other health services, such as GPs, allowing you to get the care you need.

Pharmacists are fully qualified healthcare professionals that can offer clinical advice and over-the-counter medicines for a range of minor illnesses, such as coughs, colds, sore throats, tummy trouble and aches and pains. If symptoms suggest it's something more serious, pharmacists also have the right training to signpost you to the most appropriate service.

Thanks to the introduction of Pharmacy First, pharmacists can also now treat the following conditions without the need for a GP appointment:

  • earache (aged 1 to 17 years)
  • impetigo (aged 1 year and over)
  • infected insect bites (aged 1 year and over)
  • shingles (aged 18 years and over)
  • sinusitis (aged 12 years and over)
  • sore throat (aged 5 years and over)
  • urinary tract infections or UTIs (women aged 16 to 64 years)

Whilst many pharmacies are open across the bank holiday weekend, it’s important to check before you go as opening hours may vary.

You can see the opening times in Coventry and Warwickshire by clicking here.

If you take prescription medication, please order them via your usual method by Friday 22 March to avoid delays in getting your medicine before the Easter bank holiday.

For more information on how your pharmacy can help you, click here.

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