Collaboration with NHS Sussex reminds hayfever sufferers they don’t need a prescription to get relief from symptoms

Collaboration with NHS Sussex reminds hayfever sufferers they don’t need a prescription to get relief from symptoms

June 11, 2021

Help us help you get the right treatment for hay fever that was the message from NHS Sussex Commissioners who asked us to join forces with them today (Friday 11 June) in advance of a weekend of predicted high pollen counts.

Working together CPSS and NHS Sussex Commissioner communications staff crafted a press release which the NHS commissioners distributed to local media outlets. Once it had been picked up we followed up with social media activity from the LPCs Twitter account (@CPSS_LPCs). 

“By joining together we both receive significant value” said Sandra Lamont, our communications and engagement lead.

“It helps to build awareness of community pharmacy as an important part of the NHS family, but more than that it helps take pressure off urgent care and GP services”, she added.

The press release crafted with NHS Sussex commissioners is below:

Help us help you get the right treatment for hay fever

The local NHS is advising people to visit a pharmacy for hay fever advice and treatment, as Sussex braces for unusually high pollen counts over the sunny weekend.

Hay fever is a common allergic condition that affects up to one in five people at some point in their life. Symptoms include a runny nose, sore and itchy eyes, coughs and sneezes, headaches and tiredness.

Julia Powell, chief executive officer at Community Pharmacy Surrey and Sussex, said:

“Hay fever and allergies can be so uncomfortable and have a real impact on people’s lives.

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Julia Powell, chief executive, Community Pharmacy Surrey and Sussex

“It’s really important to treat symptoms correctly and ensure the appropriate products are being taken to treat symptoms. The good thing is that hay fever and allergy medicine is easy to obtain without the need for a prescription from your GP.

“Pharmacists are trained and available on a walk-in basis to give advice on the best ways to treat symptoms, and help you choose the most appropriate treatment. They can provide effective over-the-counter medicines right there and then.

“Your local pharmacy should always be the first point of call for dealing with issues such as hay fever. If your symptoms suggest it’s more serious, they’ll ensure you get the care you need.”

How to treat hay fever at home

There are also lots of self-care remedies to help manage hay fever and allergy symptoms at home, these include things like:

  • Taking over the counter antihistamines
  • putting Vaseline around your nostrils to trap any pollen
  • wearing wraparound sunglasses
  • avoiding triggers where possible, such as grassy areas and flowers
  • keeping your clothes and house clean to remove any pollen
  • buying a pollen filter for the air vents in your car and a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter
  • Be aware of the pollen count and on high pollen count days (often warmer days) take steps to minimise exposure such as keeping windows closed in your house, office or car
  • Identify your allergens and triggers and take measures to avoid them. Keep a record of when these triggers are most troublesome and make sure to take effective medication early.
When to see a GP or call NHS111

It might be time to visit a GP, or call NHS111 if you experiencing wheezing, breathlessness, or tightness in the chest, if pregnant or breastfeeding and symptoms don’t improve after avoiding triggers, or if your symptoms don’t improve after taking over-the-counter medicines.

A&E and 999 should only ever be used for serious emergencies such as anaphylactic shock, suspected heart attack or loss of consciousness.


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