What do you think of when you 'Think Pharmacy'?
Many people have told us that they think of their local pharmacy as somewhere to collect prescriptions and get medication but your local community pharmacy, or chemist, offers so much more.
Community Pharmacies are a key member of the NHS family, staffed by Pharmacists, who are qualified healthcare professionals and who can offer clinical advice and over-the-counter medicines for minor illnesses as well as provide a range of NHS services.
Every week, local community pharmacies help over 865,000 patients who walk in for clinical advice about symptoms and over 251,000 people who have questions about an existing medical condition.
Local pharmacies can help you get things sorted before they get worse and don't ask you to make an appointment. If they feel you need further or more urgent advice, guidance or treatment they can advise you on the best place to seek assistance, ensuring you are getting the care you need.
Watch our video to learn more and see what you can talk to your community pharmacist about below.
More and more people are now using their local pharmacy as a first port of call. Use the NHS pharmacy finder to see which are your nearest pharmacies.
Your community pharmacy can provide you with advice and guidance on many minor ailments and provide support for healthier living. There is no need to book an appointment and private consultation rooms are available if you would rather talk in private.
You don't always need to contact your GP surgery and we are encouraging people to Think Pharmacy when they have a minor issue or concern. Take a look at the range of services offered below.
- guidance for many minor ailments and conditions
- Minor aches and pains
- Minor burns and scalds
- Bites and stings
- Coughs and colds
- Eye and ear infections
- Hay fever
- Mouth ulcers and blisters
- Skin conditions
- Sore throat
- Support for healthy living - including help to quit smoking and in maintaining a healthy weight
- Blood pressure checks
- Suspected urinary tract infections in unpregnant women 16 - 64yrs
- Queries about medication dosage, type and/or suitability and urgent requests
- Medication related to a hospital discharge
- Repeat prescriptions
From 27th July 2022 your local community pharmacy will be able to provide women aged 16-64 years, who are not pregnant or breastfeeding, with advice and support in managing an uncomplicated urinary tract infection - also known as a UTI. Where necessary, your community pharmacist may also supply medication. This is available to those who are exempt and non-exempt from prescription charges.
It's worth knowing that the symptoms of a Urinary Tract Infection could be any or all of the below:
- Burning or stinging sensation on passing urine
- Need to pass urine frequently
- Urine cloudiness
If you have any of the symptoms above but are male, under 16 years old, older than 64 years old or are pregnant or breastfeeding then please contact your GP surgery for advice. Don't ignore the signs, seek help and help us help you before it becomes something more serious.
Since October 2021, community pharmacies across England have been able to offer an NHS blood pressure check service to people over 40, as an easy and convenient way for you to get your blood pressure checked.
If you are found to have a confirmed high blood pressure reading, the pharmacist can follow up with further monitoring, over a 24-hour period, and urgently refer you for further treatment if it should be needed.
Your blood pressure readings are sent to your GP from the community pharmacy, so your records can be updated and appropriate action taken. I
It's really worth popping into your local community pharmacy today to ask if they are providing the blood pressure check service as the first you know of it could be as serious as a stroke of heart attack. If you would like to know more visit our information page HERE.