Bedminster Pharmacy in public health push
Award-winning Bedminster Pharmacy in Bristol has been busy raising awareness of two major health concerns: meningitis and bowel cancer.
Enthusiastic about promoting and supporting self-care, the Bedminster Pharmacy team thrive on finding innovative ways to engage and empower patients to make the right choices about their health and for World Meningitis Day actually turned the pharmacy orange!
Led by pharmacist Ade Williams, pharmacy staff donned orange t-shirts, blew up balloons and handed out Meningitis Now signs and symptoms cards and information leaflets.
Williams believes that pharmacy is in a unique position to offer advice to the public on a range of health concerns. â€œProviding information about the signs and symptoms of these conditions in community pharmacy will help to save lives,â€™â€™ he said.
â€˜â€˜WeÂ were shocked to learn that aÂ BowelÂ CancerÂ UK and BeatingÂ BowelÂ CancerÂ survey revealed in the South West, 1 in 3 people could not name any of the symptoms of bowelÂ cancer. That's possibly 1 in 3 of our patients! We knew we had to do something.â€
Alongside opportunistic conversations aboutÂ bowelÂ cancer, the team decidedÂ to have an awareness day,Â also partnering with its local fruit and veg shop. Patients were asked to completeÂ aÂ bowelÂ cancerÂ symptoms quiz, the winning prizeÂ being aÂ handpicked fruit and veg basket, with everyone receivingÂ symptom awareness information andÂ bowelÂ health advice.
â€œWe know that increasing early diagnosis and providing lifestyle advice are crucial in beatingÂ bowelÂ cancer,â€ added Williams.Â
Work through a customer consultation to determine the possible cause of stinging, gritty eyes and recommend an effective treatment to help ease these symptoms.