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Winter health services

  • Wales
  • England
  • Scotland
  • Northern Ireland

One fifth of GP consultations are related to minor ailments, including cold and flu symptoms, which costs the NHS around £370 million a year [1]. Suffering from a cold and cough drives many to pharmacy over the winter period, but these minor ailments rarely need a visit to the doctor or out of hours services.

Why provide a Winter Health Service in your pharmacy?

  • Community pharmacy plays an essential role in supporting people to stay well over the winter months and are often the place to turn to when feeling unwell.
  • Pharmacists and their teams are experts in providing advice and recommending treatments that are inexpensive to help reduce the discomfort of minor illnesses such as colds and coughs.
  • Expanding your service portfolio has many advantages – it will not only act as an additional income generator but customers will recognise the excellent service and access your pharmacy again.
  • Supports the NHS long term plan.

Setting up your Winter Health Service

We provide a number of resources to help you set up your service:

PGDs and downloadable resources

Marketing materials

Training & health promotion support

[1] www.pharmacymagazine.co.uk/winter-ailments-help-cut-the-queues