Your local pharmacy can help you with a lot more than you might expect. To find out where your nearest pharmacy is, or check their opening hours, use the NHS Direct’s ‘Find a Pharmacy’ service.

Pharmacists are experts in medicines, and use their clinical expertise, together with their practical knowledge, to advise you on minor health concerns, such as coughs, colds, aches and pains, as well as healthy eating and stopping smoking.

Pharmacists can also help you decide whether you need to see a medical health professional.

All pharmacies provide the following services:

  • Dispensing
  • Repeat dispensing
  • Disposal of unwanted or out-of-date medicines
  • Advice on treatment of minor health concerns and healthy living.

Other services that may be available from your local pharmacy:

  • Advice on alcohol consumption
  • Support for carers
  • Chlamydia screening and treatment service
  • Condom supply service
  • Emergency hormonal contraception service
  • Emergency supply of prescription medicines
  • Flu vaccination service
  • Independent prescribing by pharmacists – some pharmacists can now prescribe prescription-only medicines for certain medical conditions
  • Medicines use reviews
  • Minor ailment service
  • Needle and syringe exchange service
  • New Medicine Service
  • NHS Health Check – blood pressure, cholesterol or blood glucose testing
  • Pregnancy testing
  • Stop smoking service
  • Stop smoking voucher service
  • Supervised consumption of prescribed medicines
  • Weight management service.