Wednesday 28 June 2017

More people turning to pharmacies for health advice

Seeiming advice from a pharmacist. Picture posed.
Seeiming advice from a pharmacist. Picture posed.
Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

SIX in 10 patients surveyed in 43 community pharmacies around the country spoke to a pharmacist about a symptom their GP had not been consulted on.

Seven in 10 consultations led to treatment from the pharmacist and a quarter ended up being referred to their GP, the research findings by a new pharmacy co-operative, Haven Pharmacy, found.

The majority of consultations were by women (47 per cent), then men (32 per cent).

Chronic ailments accounted for 43 per cent and minor ailments for 57 per cent, the most common of which was coughs and colds (17 per cent).

Daragh Connolly, chairman of Haven pharmacy, said a key finding was how many sought advice for cardiovascular ailments. "There's no reason why health screenings shouldn't become common place in all pharmacies, but we will need government and regulatory support," he said.

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