Calogero Fontana has recently been appointed pharmacist manager at Day Lewis pharmacy (formerly Cohen’s) on the High Street in Nailsea and wants to make more people aware of what help and treatments are available.
Did you know antibiotics can be prescribed for urinary tract infections such as cystitis? The morning-after pill is available at pharmacies free of charge for women up to 25 years old. If you are older a fee of £20-35 applies. You can also get advice on using Unity Clinic in Bristol if the morning after pill isn't advised or won't be effective.
Pharmacies can also provide Chloramphenicol, an antibiotic to treat eye infections (such as conjunctivitis) and sometimes ear infections. These can be used by both adults and children but babies under two need a GP prescription.
Mr Fontana, known as Rino, says other treatments available at Day Lewis include something to ease skin conditions such as impetigo. This starts out as blisters that turn crusty and cornflake-like. If you have symptoms seeking advice from your pharmacist could save you a long wait to see your GP.