Making 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.