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"The government needs to make people aware of all the extended services available in a community pharmacy," Raj Patel, a chemist from Kingston told Good Morning Britain, "It's not just your toothpaste and creams."
Mr Patel supports today's recommendation by a group of experts that pharmacists take more of the weight off GPs by helping to tackle heath problems such as obesity.
He says there are already many more services available at pharmacies than people realise.
Local chemists have a particularly crucial role to play in tackling health concerns such as obesity in deprived areas where more people die of such conditions, according to the author of a new study which recommends pharmacists are empowered to deliver more public health services.
Dr Adam Todd, from Durham University's School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health, led the research which found most people in the UK live within easy walking distance of a chemist.
Local chemists should be allowed to do more to support GPs in tackling major public heath concerns such as obesity, according to a new study.
Research by Durham University has found almost nine out of 10 people in the UK live within a 20-minute walk of a chemist.
In highly deprived areas, closer to 100% of households are an easy walk from a pharmacy.
This accessibility, plus the lack of need for an appointment, means pharmacists are ideally placed to offer over-stretched GPs greater support on issues such as obesity, excess drinking and smoking, according to the experts behind the research.
The findings go against the often-quoted "inverse care law", which states good medical facilities are most easily available to those who need them least.