Since the pandemic, more people recognise the importance of maintaining a healthy respiratory system. For many, this involves taking the first steps to stopping smoking. Pharmacy teams can help customers have a healthier start to 2024 by offering advice and support on how to quit.
08 Dec 2023 , 15 Min Article
Update your understanding about reflux and provide reassurance and advice to parents.
13 Nov 2023 , 5 Min Article
Scenario: Jane Morris, a 71-year-old regular patient, has been bothered with generalised itchy skin for the past two to three months, which is causing sleeping difficulties. The itching started on her return from an extended break in Spain. She takes atorvastatin for hyperlipidaemia and seems to have a residual tan from her holiday. What do you advise?
13 Sep 2023 , 5 Min Article
Scenario: A young mum is anxious about her 18-month-old boy, who has been coughing violently and had some difficulty breathing the previous night. While things seem easier this morning, he is still coughing a lot and breathless as well. What do you advise?
16 Aug 2023 , 5 Min Article
Many issues can affect the gastrointestinal tract, so pharmacy teams should be ready to deal with questions on a range of symptoms, from constipation and diarrhoea to haemorrhoids, as well as being able to advise customers on suitable treatment options and lifestyle advice to help prevent and manage them.
11 Aug 2023 , 15 Min Article
Scenario: Chris Colville, 30 years old, presents at the pharmacy on a Friday morning complaining of quite severe stomach pain. He tells you the pain is in an area below and to the right of his belly button and started hurting about four hours ago. What do you advise?
16 Jul 2023 , 5 Min Article
Simon Buttler, a 34-year-old regular patient, tells you he has had occasional diarrhoea for the past four months. He hasn’t seen anybody else to discuss it as the bouts seem to come and go. Between episodes he is fine and his bowel movements are normal. What do you advise?
20 Jun 2023 , 5 Min Article
When trying to get pregnant, understanding the menstrual cycle can help in identifying the days when women are most likely to conceive. But pinpointing ovulation is just the start, and there are other considerations too, many of which pharmacy teams can support couples with.
14 Jun 2023 , 15 Min Article
Headache is one of the most common customer complaints, so pharmacy staff need to be aware of how to distinguish between those that can be managed with self care advice and OTC recommendations and those that may need further referral.
12 May 2023 , 15 Min Article
By Professor Paul Rutter, University of Portsmouth
17 Jan 2023 , 5 Min Article
Pharmacy teams are often approached by patients suffering from skin complaints such as acne. Being aware of the various myths surrounding this common skin condition will enable appropriate self-care advice to be offered, as well as effective OTC treatment recommendations.
10 Jan 2023 , 15 Min Article