Pharmacist (Chemist)

Pharmacist

Pharmacists are qualified experts who can offer health advice and remedies for a range of minor medical problems, without the need for an appointment.

Find your nearest pharmacy. (Alternatively you can call NHS 111)

Pharmacists dispense medicines prescribed by your GP and can offer advice on a range of common conditions including:

  • bugs and viruses
  • minor injuries
  • tummy troubles
  • women’s health
  • skin conditions
  • allergies
  • aches and pains
  • children’s ailments

Some pharmacies can offer additional services including:

  • emergency contraception
  • truss fittings
  • incontinence supplies
  • needle exchange and supervised drug administration
  • pregnancy testing
  • stop smoking services
  • medicines use reviews
  • chlamydia screening and treatment
  • weight management


Remember that some pharmacies close over bank holidays. Find out which pharmacies are open here.

Have you heard of The Minor Ailments Scheme? If you do not pay for prescriptions, Pharmacists can sometimes offer you medicines free of charge or without you needing an appointment with your doctor. Find out more here.