The Men's Health Week
initiative is underlining
the fact that men are much less likely
to visit a doctor
or engage with other health services
than women and health
often fail to take account of the need for “gender-sensitivity”
in reaching male audiences
. Part of this national health campaign
is aimed at getting men to take better care
In relation to women men
- twice as likely to die from cancers;
- one third less likely to see their GP;
- more likely to suffer from mental illness.
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (RPSGB) – which represents 45,000 pharmacists
– is emphasising the fact that community
pharmacists are ideally placed
to help men
with health-related issues.
- Services are free and no appointment is needed – most men don’t mind going to the pharmacy, because they don’t need an appointment.
- Pharmacies are accessible and located on most high streets.
- Convenience – pharmacies offer services when local surgeries are closed, including Saturdays and Sundays.
- Pharmacists are experts in medicines management.
- Privacy - most pharmacies now have confidential consultation areas, so men can discuss any personal health concerns alone with the pharmacist without being overheard.
pharmacists can offer a great deal of specific advice
- face-to-face, non-judgmental advice on general health and exercise;
- practical help with stopping smoking;
- dietary advice and nutritional information;
- help with sexual health;
- practical advice and help when men encounter mental health issues;
- help with minor sports injuries like cuts and bruises, sprains and strains.
number of pharmacies offer healthcare advice in electronic form
using special machines which can also undertake a range of diagnostic tests
including blood pressure, diabetes, weight and cholesterol checks and heart checks.
And men needn’t be shy there are nearly two million requests
for health help and advice in community pharmacies every day!