Pharmacy

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

Visit nhs.uk to find your nearest pharmacy

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.

Visit nhs.uk for the latest prescription charges