Local Pharmacies - part of the NHS in your community
Every week, more than 865,000 people visit their community pharmacy for advice about medical symptoms, while a further 251,000 get help with existing medical conditions.
Despite this, many people still think of the pharmacy as simply a place to collect prescriptions and pick up over-the-counter healthcare items.
Local pharmacies are pillars of the healthcare community. Pharmacists are clinically trained healthcare professionals, they provide clinical advice and prompt treatment for a range of minor illnesses, such as coughs, colds, sore throats, tummy trouble and aches and pains, before they get worse. You don’t need to make an appointment and if symptoms suggest it’s something more serious, they can advise you on the best place to seek assistance - ensuring you are getting the care you need.
Yousaf Ahmad, Chief Pharmacist for Frimley Health and Care and Director of Medicines Optimisation for NHS Frimley said:
“Community pharmacists are experts in medicines and can help you with minor health concerns. Pharmacy teams work with other professionals, such as doctors and nurses, to give you the best possible care as part of the local NHS healthcare team. Your GP practice or NHS 111 may send you to your local community pharmacy for a same day appointment to access the help you need.
“I would encourage anybody who is suffering with a minor illness to use their community pharmacy as a first port of call.
“Many community pharmacies also provide a number of additional services such as blood pressure checks and advice on healthy weights and how you can quit smoking.”
Watch our Watch our video featuring Mohammed Farim, a local Pharmacist in Slough, to learn more about how your local community pharmacy can support you.
Visit our pharmacy page for more information about the services your community pharmacy can offer.
If you’re not sure where your local pharmacy is located, the NHS pharmacy finder can help you.