Pharmacies could relieve NHS burden, say experts
With GPs and hospital A&E departments showing serious signs of being overstretched and many NHS trusts expecting to overspend their budgets this year, leading healthcare experts are urging people to see pharmacies as a first point of contact for many minor illnesses and long-term conditions.
Many people unaware of out-of-hours GP care
If you had a minor medical emergency and needed to speak to a GP outside surgery hours, would you know what to do? According to a National Audit Office survey, one in five people don’t realise they can call the NHS 111 urgent phone service. The survey also revealed that the number of people using this and other out-of-hours services had fallen by a third during the last six years.
Easy ways to cut your sugar intake
If you’ve been keeping in touch with the news recently, you’ll no doubt have noticed the warnings on the dangers of eating too much sugar. A draft report by the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition suggests people in the UK eat more sugar than is recommended. And eating too much sugar can contribute to excess calorie intake – which, in turn, can lead to weight gain and obesity.