Local chemists could play a vital role in tackling major public health concerns such as obesity and smoking because the vast majority of people in England live within easy walking distance of one, a report has found. The National Pharmacy Association said:
1.6 million people visit pharmacies every day
Nearly 90% of the population live within walking distance of one
It's claimed that five million GP visits could be managed in a pharmacy
Researchers at Durham University have found that chemists exist in all communities meaning that their expertise is available to everyone, and they are now calling on the Government to enable community pharmacies to provide more services to help tackle major public health concerns such as obesity, smoking and alcohol.