Pharmacists (chemists) are a great source of health care service advice and information. They are experts in medicines and how medicines work. They can help you decide if you need to see a doctor. You can talk to them in confidence - even about the most personal symptoms - and you don't need to make an appointment. Many also offer services such as stop smoking support and health checks.

Many pharmacies are open evenings, weekends and bank holidays – no appointment needed!

‘Think Pharmacy First’ when treating common illnesses and minor ailments!

Your local pharmacist can offer expert advice and treatment for many common illnesses, such as aches and pains, colds and flu, itchy skin conditions and simple eye infections so why wait for an appointment when you can see a pharmacist without one?

Reasons why you should think pharmacy first!

  • Your local community pharmacist is a trained healthcare professional who can provide free advice on the best treatment for a wide range of common illnesses and minor ailments.
  • Most pharmacists also have a quiet area where you can speak in private and many are open during the evenings and weekends.
  • Your pharmacist can also refer you to other NHS services if needed.

If you do go to see your pharmacist, remember to take details of any medication you may have been taking with you.

To find your nearest pharmacy visit or call NHS 111.

Pharmacy opening times & locations

Your pharmacist can help with a range of illnesses/ailments including:

  • Athletes Foot     
  • Chicken Pox
  • Cold and flu
  • Cold Sores
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhoea
  • Eczema (Dermatitis)
  • Haemorrhoids (Piles)
  • Hay Fever    
  • Head Lice
  • Headache/Earache/Temperature/  Dental Pain
  • Indigestion/Heartburn/  Tummy Upset
  • Insect Bites & Stings
  • Mouth Ulcers
  • Muscular Pain
  • Nappy Rash       
  • Nasal Congestion
  • Period Pains
  • Pruritis (Itching)
  • Sore Throat
  • Teething
  • Threadworm
  • Thrush (inc Oral Thrush)
  • Toothache