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Make the most of your local pharmacist

Your local pharmacist (chemist) is your healthcare expert on the high street.

They provide confidential, expert advice and treatment for a range of common conditions and will be able to help you decide if you need to see a GP or other health service.

No appointment is needed, and many have separate consulting rooms for completely confidential advice.

Pharmacists can:

  • dispense medicine on prescription
  • dispense repeat prescriptions without the need to visit your GP
  • give advice on treating common ailments like coughs and colds
  • help you manage long-term conditions such as diabetes and asthma
  • give advice on medication, including if you're taking medicine for lots of different conditions
  • give advice on staying healthy
  • give sexual health and contraception advice
  • provide treatments for common ailments like head lice and athlete's foot.

Many also offer free emergency contraception including the morning after pill.

Pharmacists are often open late and on weekends, and there are always some open over Bank Holidays - use our find a pharmacy tool for details or call NHS 111 at any time.

Find your nearest pharmacy

Pharamacy bank holiday opening times

Minor ailments scheme

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