Help us help you – your local pharmacy

Recent statistics show that we are facing unprecedented challenges in the fight to keep the public of Croydon fit and well. We know that more than 3 in 5 adults are overweight or obese, while 1 in 5 children are already overweight or obese by the time they start primary school.

There are more children in Croydon than any other London borough, and more children admitted to hospital with mental health conditions than national average.

At the same time, people are living longer and we have a growing older population. There are 3,600 residents living with dementia, and at least 1 in 8 adults are current smokers.

All of these factors have huge implications for Croydon’s health, mental health and social care services. The good news is there are simple things we can all do to reduce this pressure on hospital services and improve the situation for generations to come.

Many people don’t know that expert medical advice is right around the corner when you need it. Your local pharmacist can help with many illnesses and injuries that some people still go to A&E or their GP to get treated. These experts have trained for a minimum of five years to assist with much more than just prescriptions, coughs and colds. There’s no need for an appointment; you can go to them if you’ve recently been diagnosed and want help to manage your medications, if you need a sexual health check-up or would like to talk to someone about the best ways to help manage your weight. Your local pharmacist will point you in the right direction and it’s all confidential.   The next time you need health advice or, why not go and discuss this with one of your local pharmacists.

Find out more about what you can expect from your local pharmacist at www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/nhs-services/pharmacies/what-to-expect-from-your-pharmacy-team

Louise Coughlan

Louise Coughlan

Joint Chief Pharmacist of NHS Croydon CCG and Croydon Health Services NHS Trust

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