Pharmacists play a key role in providing quality healthcare to patients. Working in the community pharmacists use their clinical expertise together with their practical knowledge to ensure the safe supply and use of medicines by patients and members of the public.

Your local pharmacy can offer help and advice on the following symptoms:

  • Diarrhoea
  • Runny nose
  • Painful cough
  • Headache
  • Eye infection
  • Indigestion
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Cold sores
  • Rashes
  • Hay fever
  • Ear ache
  • Teething
  • Aches and pains

Pharmacists and chemists play a key role in providing quality healthcare to patients.

You do not need an appointment to see a pharmacist and most pharmacies will have a private consulting room or a quiet area where you can discuss your symptoms if you wish.  They can also help you decide if you need to see a doctor, or whether to use any other type of local NHS service.

Pharmacists offer advice on common problems and minor ailments such as coughs, colds, aches and pains, as well as healthy eating and stopping smoking. They can also help you decide whether you need to see a doctor.

Consultations are always free and confidential, regardless of whether the pharmacist gives you any medication.

If you don’t have to pay for your prescription from your doctor, then the medication prescribed for you by the pharmacist will also be free of charge.

If you normally pay the standard fee for your prescription, then this would be the maximum amount you would be charged. However, in many circumstances, the medicine will be cheaper to buy over the counter and the pharmacist will advise you of this.