Men with chronic conditions should seek help from their pharmacist

Men with long-term health conditions such as asthma, bronchitis, angina and rheumatoid arthritis are being encouraged to visit their local pharmacies for help and advice.

Men with chronic conditions should seek help from their pharmacist
Men with chronic conditions should seek help from their pharmacist

The campaign is part of Men's Health Week 2007 (11-17 June), aimed at getting men to take better care of themselves.

Men's Health Week is spearheaded by the Men's Health Forum in partnership with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (RPSGB). Underlining the campaign is the fact that sometimes men do not know how to approach the right health service to manage their specific condition and often do not want to ‘bother the doctor'.

Men should consider visiting their community pharmacist as a first point of call as they are ideally placed to help them with long-term conditions because:

  • Many services are free and no appointment is needed
  • They are well-located - pharmacies are accessible and located on most high streets.
  • They are convenient - people who do not attend GP or nurse clinics still collect prescriptions from their pharmacy. In addition many pharmacies offer services when local surgeries are closed, including Saturdays and Sundays.

RPSGB Council Member Graham Phillips, said: ‘It is important that men know they can visit their local pharmacy and talk to a highly-qualified health professional at any time for health advice and support, especially when they have a diagnosed long-term medical condition, or are unsure whether they are suffering from one and need to check it out. Pharmacies are convenient and accessible and you don't need an appointment.

'Already we are seeing pharmacists prescribing on the NHS, and running clinics either in the pharmacy or in the GP's surgery. All the medical professions such as doctors, nurses and pharmacists, are working in partnership to deliver better care for people with long-term conditions and this is set to continue.'

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