It is estimated that every year, 50 million visits to the GP are made for minor ailments such as coughs and colds, mild eczema, and athlete’s foot. By visiting your pharmacy instead, you could save yourself time and trouble.
Your local pharmacist is able to help with minor cuts, sprains, aches and pains, colds and flu, headaches, rashes, cystitis, emergency contraceptive (most pharmacies now offer this service) and other common conditions.
No appointment is necessary and your local pharmacist is usually open late, is available at weekends and many public holidays. It will also save you making an appointment with your GP.
New Medicine Service
The new medicine service is available at Pharmacies to give you extra help and advice if you’re just starting on a new medicine for one of the following conditions:
- chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- type 2 diabetes
- high blood pressure
- people who have been given a new blood-thinning medicine
More information can be found on the New Medicine Service (NMS) page on the NHS website.
You can find a pharmacy near you with the NHS: Find a pharmacy tool.