As qualified health professionals and experts in medicines your local pharmacist offers a wide range of services. For example, NHS services such as health checks and vaccinations or private services such as travel vaccinations.
All pharmacists train for at least 5 years in the use of medicines and can help with lots of common conditions and minor illnesses, such as colds, sore throats, tummy trouble and aches and pains.
They know when to refer you to another health care professional or doctor if you need one.
Most pharmacies have a private consultation room where you can discuss issues with pharmacy staff without being overheard.
Pharmacies often offer extended opening hours in the evenings and at weekends, and there is no need to book an appointment – just walk in.
For a full list of services and details of where to find your local pharmacy, search ‘NHS pharmacy advice’.