What is a pharmacist?
Your local pharmacist (sometimes called chemists) is an expert in medicines and how they work. They play a vital role in providing quality healthcare to patients at your local pharmacy.
Pharmacists dispense your prescriptions, provide a range of services related to specific health issues and can give advice on healthy living and minor ailments.
You can visit your local pharmacy when you are suffering from a common health problem which does not require being seen by a nurse or doctor.
Finding a pharmacy
To find a pharmacy near you go to find a pharmacy page.
Wiltshire local pharmacies offer a wide range of services.
These can include:
- repeat dispensing
- NHS health checks
- weight management
- giving up smoking
- Chlamydia screening
- providing emergency contraception
- anticoagulation checks
If you have any unused medications, please take them back to your pharmacy for safe disposal. Pharmacies are obliged to accept back unwanted medicines from patients.
Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment
NHS Wiltshire’s Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA), which has been written to meet the requirements set out by the National Health Service Pharmaceutical Services and Local Pharmaceutical Services) (Amendments) Regulations 2010. The regulations required Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) to prepare and publish a PNA by 1st February 2011.
The Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment is a key tool for identifying what is needed at a local level to support the commissioning intentions for pharmaceutical services and other services that could be delivered by community pharmacies and other providers. It will enable NHS Wiltshire to undertake a number of commissioning and regulatory functions in relation to the provision of high quality pharmaceutical services for its population. The Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment maps current provision, assesses local need and identifies any gaps in provision.