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Take sick children to pharmacies first, parents told


Parents of young children with minor illnesses should take them to pharmacies rather than GPs or A&E, a new NHS England campaign says.

It follows a survey which found just 6% of parents with under-fives would go to a pharmacist first.

NHS England said visits to GPs and A&E for these "self-treatable" conditions, like stomach ache, cost £850m a year.

But parents should not be put off seeing a doctor, a patients' group said.

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