Pharmacists are healthcare experts who are the right people to see if you need clinical advice for a minor health concern.
Your pharmacy team can help you with minor health concerns
Community pharmacists and pharmacy technicians are qualified healthcare professionals who can offer clinical advice and over the counter medicines to effectively and safely manage a range of minor health concerns, including:
- sore throats
- tummy troubles
- aches and pains
Every pharmacist is trained in managing minor illnesses and providing health and wellbeing advice, so they are the right person to see for minor health concerns. They train for five years in the use of medicines before they qualify and register with the professional regulator, and some also have an additional prescribing qualification.
Visiting your pharmacist
Local pharmacies can offer you fast and convenient clinical advice for a wide range of minor health concerns, with no appointment needed. Most community pharmacies (over 90%) can now offer a private consultation room if you need to have a confidential conversation.
With almost 12,000 pharmacies in England, and many offering extended opening hours in the evenings and at weekends, it is easy to find a pharmacy close to you.
As well as minor ailments, pharmacists can help with many aspects of health care, such as:
- providing clinical advice and support for patients with long-term conditions
- explaining how to take new medicines
- reviewing medicines use to ensure safety
- providing flu vaccinations
- assist patients with the most beneficial inhaler technique
- providing healthy living services, e.g. advice on quitting smoking, losing weight, reducing alcohol consumption, sexual health or increasing physical activity
- offering consultations/ NHS health checks
Pharmacists are healthcare experts who can give you clinical advice, right there and then. And if symptoms suggest it’s something more serious, they have the right clinical training to ensure you get the help you need.
Don’t wait for minor health concerns to get worse – speak to your local pharmacy team to get advice right there and then.
Help Us, Help You, before it gets worse. Visit nhs.uk/pharmacyadvice for more information