Many issues can affect the gastrointestinal tract and pharmacy teams should be ready to deal with questions on a range of symptoms from constipation and diarrhoea to haemorrhoids, as well as being able to advise customers on suitable treatment options and lifestyle advice to help prevent and manage them.
- Understand how the lower GI tract functions
- Recognise and distinguish between common bowel issues
- Be able to provide advice on treatment and management to ease symptoms
- Know when to refer to the pharmacist.