// Tesco to train pharmacists and pharmacy staff on providing more info on serious conditions
// The grocer has teamed up with British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK and Diabetes UK
Tesco has revealed plans to train its pharmacists and pharmacy staff in an effort to help customers make improvements to their health.
The grocer has teamed up with British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK and Diabetes UK for this initiative.
The training will help pharmacy teams provide more information and support as to how people can help lower their risk of serious conditions such as cancer, heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
This comes after a recent survey commissioned by the British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, Diabetes UK and Tesco found that many people could be missing out on opportunities to access free advice via their local pharmacies.
The survey also revealed that one in ten Brits have turned to their local pharmacy for advice and information.
Of those who had visited a pharmacist for advice or checks, 43% said talking to a pharmacist had eased their concerns around wasting their GP’s time.
“Our Tesco pharmacy colleagues can provide information, resources and support on ways to help reduce your risk of developing cancer, type 2 diabetes and heart and circulatory disease,” Tesco head of pharmacy, Paul Pilkington said.
“They are available for a private and confidential chat in our pharmacy consultation room, something 15% of people said was a benefit of visiting a pharmacy for information and/or advice about a health-related concern.
“As part of our role in supporting community health, we are encouraging customers to shop for affordable, healthy and sustainable food. Now, we want to encourage everyone to take advantage of the resources and support available in Tesco pharmacies to help people live healthier.
“So, if you’re shopping at Tesco, go to the pharmacy counter and one of our pharmacy colleagues wearing a ‘Let’s Talk’ badge can help you.”