Your local pharmacy is the place to go to get any prescription medicines and clinical advice for minor health concerns.
They can help with things like:
- Sore throats, coughs, colds, tummy troubles and aches and pains
- Stopping smoking
- Cutting down on alcohol
- Advice on safe sex and emergency contraception.
Most local pharmacies have consultation rooms for private conversations. Your pharmacist can also talk to you confidentially without anything being noted in your medical records, which some people may prefer.
Getting advice from a local pharmacist is the best first step for a minor health concern. But if you think you or your family member are more seriously ill, then a GP or hospital may be more appropriate.
Many pharmacies are open until late and at weekends. You don't need an appointment – you can just walk in. Find a pharmacy near you.
Help with minor illnesses
Help with healthier living
Help With Your Medicines
Pharmacists are trained experts in managing minor illnesses and using medicines safely. They can advise you on the safe use of prescription and over-the-counter medicines.
Pharmacy technicians can help with things like inhaler technique, or helping you understand the correct dose of a new medicine and how often you need to take it.
Help with your medicines
Learn more about your pharmacy team.
New Medicine Service
If you are prescribed an anticoagulant (a blood-thinning medicine) or a medicine to treat asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure for the first time, you can get extra help and advice about your medicine from your local pharmacist through a free scheme called the "New Medicine Service (NMS)".
Learn more about the New Medicine Service.
If you're regularly prescribed the same medicine, your pharmacist can offer to manage your repeat prescriptions through the electronic prescription service. This means fewer trips to the GP just to get another prescription.
If you have a long-term medical condition that is stable, your GP may give you a repeat prescription that's valid for up to a year. Your pharmacist can supply your medicine at regular intervals so you don't have to keep going to your GP.
Let your pharmacist know if you are having any problems or side effects, and they can let your GP know.
Medicines Use Review (MUR)
Lots of pharmacies now offer a detailed consultation about your medicines called a Medicines Use Review (MUR).