We all know that pharmacists dispense medicines, but did you know they also promote health and wellbeing, and can provide access to services including stopping smoking, sexual health and alcohol dependence support?
Pharmacists are experts in the use of medicines and can advise you on the safe use of prescription and over-the-counter medicines. They also offer a range of “services”, which you may be able to use – speak to your local pharmacist to find out more.
"Your pharmacist will help you understand your medication and how to use it in the right way"
Pharmacists play a key role in providing healthcare to patients within their local community. Pharmacists dispense your prescriptions and other medicines, offer testing and screening for common conditions and can advise on minor ailments. But they do a lot more than that. Local pharmacies offer several health services that many of us aren’t aware of.
Aims to support people with newly diagnosed long-term conditions (including asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) who have recently been prescribed a medicine for the condition (available in England and Wales only).
Many local pharmacies can help you with your repeat prescriptions, meaning you don’t need to see your GP every time you need another prescription.
This is a detailed discussion with your pharmacist about the medicines you are taking. Typically, it takes places in a private consultation room where you can discuss any issues or concerns you may have about your medicines. Medicines reviews can be particularly beneficial for patients with certain long-term conditions such as asthma or cardiovascular disease, as well as if you have recently been discharged from hospital.
Pharmacies can safely dispose of any medicine that is out-of-date, unwanted, or if some of it is left over that you are not taking any more.
Pharmacies can help with a range of common conditions and minor injuries – from aches and pains, uncomplicated cystitis, colds and skin rashes, they can offer advice and potential treatments.
And this isn’t everything pharmacists can help with – if in doubt, ask!