Pharmacists dispense prescriptions, provide a range of services related to specific health issues and can give advice on healthy living and minor ailments.

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The services that may be available from your pharmacy include:

  • Emergency contraception
  • Truss fittings
  • Incontinence supplies
  • Needle exchange
  • Pregnancy testing

When to visit a pharmacist

A local pharmacist can give health advice and help you avoid a trip to your GP.

For example, conditions like a runny nose, cough or headache, hangover, grazed knee or sore throat are best treated by over the counter medicine and plenty of rest at home.

You can talk to a pharmacist in confidence about minor ailments, and you don’t need to make an appointment.

Minor ailments include:

  • Bugs and viruses
  • Minor injuries
  • Tummy troubles
  • Women’s health
  • Skin conditions
  • Allergies
  • Aches and pains
  • Children’s problems

Prescription charges

Most adult patients must pay a charge for prescribed medicines, though some people are entitled to free prescriptions.

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