Pharmacists dispense your prescriptions and other medicines, offer testing and screening for common medical conditions and can advise if you have a minor illness.
Pharmacists and chemists also offer advice on sexual health, how to stop smoking and common problems such as:
- coughs, colds and flu
- bugs and viruses
- minor injuries
- tummy troubles
- women’s health
- skin conditions
- aches and pains
- children’s problems
They can also help you decide whether you need to see a doctor or nurse. Many pharmacists participate in the Minor Ailment Scheme and can issue you with medication free of charge to treat your condition without you needing to see a doctor. Find out more about the Minor Ailment Scheme.
You can talk to your pharmacist in confidence, even about the most personal symptoms and you don’t need to make an appointment. Most pharmacies now have a private consultation area where patients can discuss issues with pharmacy staff without being overheard by other members of the public.