Your local pharmacists are able to advise and treat a range of general health problems as well as dispensing your prescribed medicines. Using your pharmacy for medical advice can save time and enable you to access help quickly as no appointment is necessary. Most pharmacies have private consulting areas for patients who would like to speak to a pharmacist in confidence.
As qualified healthcare professionals, they can offer clinical advice and over-the-counter medicines for a range of minor illnesses, such as coughs, colds, sore throats, tummy trouble and aches and pains.
If symptoms suggest it’s something more serious, pharmacists have the right training to make sure you get the help you need. For example they will tell you if you need to see a GP.
All pharmacists train for five years in the use of medicines. They are also trained in managing minor illnesses and providing health and wellbeing advice.
Many pharmacies are open until late and at weekends. You don’t need an appointment – you can just walk in.
Most pharmacies have a private consultation room where you can discuss issues with pharmacy staff without being overheard.
To find your nearest local pharmacy, go to our NHS “Find services” directory.