What Can Pharmacies Help With

Advice and treatment

Pharmacists can give you advice on a range of conditions and suggest medicines you can buy that can help.

They may also be able to offer treatment for some conditions, without you needing to see a GP:

  • earache
  • impetigo
  • infected insect bites
  • shingles
  • sinusitis
  • sore throat
  • urinary tract infections (UTIs)

If you go to a pharmacy with one of these conditions, the pharmacist will offer you advice, treatment or refer you to a GP or other healthcare professional.

They will then update your GP health record.

Pharmacists can give advice on your medicines. This includes how to use your medicine, worries about side effects or any other questions you have.

If your medicine is out of date or unwanted, do not put it in the bin or flush it down the toilet. Take it to your pharmacy to be disposed of safely.

Some pharmacies offer the emergency contraceptive pill for free. If you’re aged 16 or over, you can also buy it from most pharmacies.

Find out about emergency contraception.

Some pharmacies offer a free blood pressure check.  Find a pharmacy that offers free blood pressure checks

Other services that may be available at a local pharmacy include:

  • advice from a pharmacist after contacting NHS 111 or a GP
  • chlamydia screening and treatment
  • advice and help on how to stop smoking
  • cholesterol and blood sugar testing
  • the substance misuse service, including needle and syringe exchange schemes
  • advice and help on how to manage your weight

Ask a local pharmacist to find out what services they offer.  You can find a local pharmacy using the Find a Pharmacy service.