Pharmacists use their medical knowledge to make sure you use medicines in a safe way. They give you the medicines prescribed by the doctors, offer tests for common health problems, and can help with minor illnesses. They also give advice on sexual health, quitting smoking, and common issues like:
- Coughs, colds, and flu
- Minor injuries
- Stomach problems
- Women’s health
- Skin conditions
- Pain relief
- Children’s health
Your local pharmacist can guide you on whether you should see a doctor or nurse.
You can talk to your pharmacist privately about any health concerns, and you don’t need an appointment. Most pharmacies have private areas for confidential talks.
Find your local pharmacy
Use the NHS Find a Pharmacy tool to find a pharmacy near you.
NHS Discharge Medicines Service
This service makes sure that when a patient leaves the hospital, there’s good communication about any changes to their medication between the hospital, the pharmacy, and the GP or the Primary Care Network (PCN) pharmacists.
NHS Community Pharmacy Consultation Service
This service will help GPs make sure that patients with minor health issues get help from other healthcare professionals. If you have minor symptoms and need an appointment, you’ll be sent directly to a pharmacy you choose. Pilot sites are currently being chosen in south east London.