Photo: Pharmacist looking at medication

Pharmacists are qualified healthcare professionals who can help you with minor health concerns.

They can offer clinical advice and over-the-counter medicines for a range of minor illnesses, such as coughs, colds, sore throats, tummy trouble and aches and pains.

If symptoms suggest it’s something more serious, pharmacists have the right training to make sure you get the help you need. For example, they will tell you if you need to see a GP.

All pharmacists train for five years in the use of medicines. They are also trained in managing minor illnesses and providing health and wellbeing advice.

You don’t need an appointment to see a pharmacist – just ask to speak to one at the counter.

Pharmacies can provide services such as emergency contraception, as well as advice on:

  • managing long-term conditions
  • medicines
  • healthy eating
  • stopping smoking