Norfolk Carers has teamed up with Norfolk’s local pharmacies to highlight the range of services that pharmacies can offer carers to support your health and wellbeing, through our “Carer Friendly Pharmacy” scheme.
Many local pharmacies now offer a range of healthy living services; from one-to-one support for quitting smoking to emergency contraception or NHS Health Checks. Ask a member of your pharmacy team or visit the health and wellbeing pages at Norfolk County Council’s website. Click here. For details of pharmacies near you contact: Norfolk Carers Advice Line on 0808 808 9876.
Your community pharmacy
Pharmacies in Norfolk offer much more than just medicines; They can also help you to look after yourself, make a lifestyle change, or advise you on other services available both within the pharmacy and from other local providers.
Your pharmacist will always be able to give expert advice on how to use medication and discuss any issues and solutions if the patient or carer is having any difficulties.
They also offer a review of any new medication that you, or the patient, may be prescribed.
Medicines Usage Reviews
This is an opportunity for the patient to sit down in private with the pharmacist and discuss what they are taking and ensure that they are getting the maximum benefit from their medicines.
The patient must be present and their carer may accompany them.
This service is free of charge and usually runs from October. Flu vaccination is funded by the NHS to help carers stay well over the winter season. You may be asked to sign a declaration to
say that you are a carer.
Many local pharmacies now offer a range of healthy living services; from one-to-one support for quitting smoking to emergency contraception or NHS Health Checks. Ask a member of
your pharmacy team or visit: norfolkslivingwell.org.uk
Your health and wellbeing
If you, or someone you look after, is feeling under the weather ask your pharmacist first. They can give you advice about many common minor illnesses, such as diarrhoea, coughs, headache,
travel health advice or sore throats. They can also advise which medicines can be taken together or when you may need to see your GP.
Your pharmacy may also offer home delivery, prescription management, Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) and more. If you have any questions about medications, staying well, or services
available from your pharmacy ask your local pharmacy team.
If you have medicines in your home that are no longer needed return them to the pharmacy so that they can be safely disposed of. Check your medicine cabinet regularly for medicines which
are out-of-date or no longer needed and never put them in the bin or down the toilet. The Norfolk Medicines Support Service helps people over 18, registered with a GP and who are confused or finding it otherwise difficult to manage their medication particularly when it is important to comply with the dosage. Ask your pharmacist for a referral.