Pharmacists have always been an integral part of the NHS, providing vital healthcare services. Your pharmacist can provide a wide range of services, without having to make an appointment.
These services include:
- Providing you with information and advice on the safe and effective use of medicines that have been prescribed for you by your GP
- Repeat dispensing – this means if you use the same medicines regularly, and your prescriber agrees, then you will not need to collect a new prescription every time you need more medicines, you will only need to go to your pharmacy. This is done in partnership with your prescriber (usually your GP or Practice Nurse) and yourself
- Ensuring your safety through advice on safe systems for handling medicines, including disposal of unwanted medicines
- Providing you with advice on healthier lifestyles, including advice on stopping smoking and sexual health
- If you require further advice, support or treatment that your local pharmacy cannot provide, the pharmacist will be able to direct you to other appropriate health and social care services or support organisations, who may be able to assist
- Providing you with self care advice on coughs, colds or other minor ailments
You may walk into any pharmacy for help and information on healthcare - you do not need to make an appointment.
The NHS Choices website can help you to find local pharmacy services in your area.
Will I need to pay for these services?
There is no charge for consultations with the pharmacist. Prescription charges will apply unless you are entitled to help with health costs.
Please click here for information about NHS charges and how to get help with health costs.