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Doctors welcome push for parents to use pharmacies but urge caution in emergencies

BMJ 2018; 360 doi: (Published 12 February 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;360:k672
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. BMJ Careers

Doctors have welcomed a campaign launched by NHS England which urges parents to take their children to pharmacies to treat minor illnesses. But they said that in emergencies or when parents were genuinely unsure they should always seek medical advice.

NHS England launched a campaign to promote the use of pharmacies for minor health problems on 12 February,1 saying that parents could get more timely advice by going to their pharmacist first, instead of their GP.

The Royal College of …

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