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Older people urged to seek early advice when feeling unwell

NHS England is urging people over 60 to seek advice early from their local pharmacist if they are feeling unwell.

Every year the NHS sees a huge increase in numbers of emergency admissions to hospital during the colder months. Respiratory or other chronic conditions are often worsened by immobility, the cold and other viral illnesses. Older people are urged to nip health problems in the bud by seeking early advice from their local pharmacist.

Elderly people pharmacy

Older people often don't seek advice for wheezes, coughs and sneezes because they don't think it's serious enough and they don't want to waste  anyone's time. Local pharmacist is highly-trained and will always be more  than happy to give you expert help and advice.

It is advised that older people and those looking after them to seek advice while symptoms are still in the early stages. Nipping the problem in the bud often means there won't be serious problems later. Pharmacies have long opening hours, you don't need an appointment and many have private consultation areas, so they are a good first port of call.

To find your nearest pharmacy, visit the NHS Choices website.