Your local pharmacy can provide confidential, expert advice and treatment for a range of common illnesses and complaints, without having to wait for a GP appointment.
Some of the things pharmacies can help with include aches, pains, stopping smoking, medicines, advice, the morning after pill, hay fever, coughs, colds, diarrhoea, allergies, skin conditions and flu jabs.
You can talk to your pharmacist in confidence and you do not need to make an appointment. It is possible to walk into any community pharmacy and ask to speak with the pharmacist.
They may be able to spend some time with you or offer you an appointment for a consultation. All the discussions with your pharmacist can take place in person or by phone. Most pharmacies have a private consultation area where patients can discuss issues with pharmacy staff without being overheard by other members of the public.
You can also call 111 to find your nearest pharmacy at the weekend or out of hours.