Your local pharmacy
Your local pharmacy can give expert advice and treatment for many common illnesses.
Your local pharmacy, or chemist, isn’t just the place where you pick up your prescribed medicines.
They can also give health advice. Pharmacists are qualified health professionals and are the right people to see if you need advice or over-the-counter medicines.
They are trained in dealing with many illnesses, they can check your symptoms and recommend the best treatment, or just reassure you – for instance when a minor illness will get better on its own with a few days’ rest.
Some of the problems they can help with are: coughs, colds, sore throats, earache, toothache and emergency contraception (the morning-after pill). They can also tell you when you need to see a doctor or nurse and you can get advice on prescription medicines.
Many of us live near a pharmacy and you don’t need an appointment to see them. They are often open in the evenings and at weekends, so they offer offer fast, convenient support.
Most of them also have a private consultation room, so you can have a conversation where other people can’t hear you. If you need it, just ask.
To find your nearest local pharmacy, you can also use www.nhs.uk
Alternatively, call NHS 111