Community pharmacists dispense your prescriptions and other medicines, offer testing and screening for common conditions and can advise on minor ailments.
Pharmacists can also offer advice on common problems such as:
- Coughs, colds and flu
- Bugs and viruses
- Minor injuries
- Tummy troubles
- Women's health
- Skin conditions
- Aches and pains
- Children's problems
- They can also help you decide whether you need to see a doctor.
You can talk to your pharmacist in confidence, even about the most personal symptoms and you don't need to make an appointment. Most pharmacies now have a private consultation area where patients can discuss issues with pharmacy staff without being overheard by other members of the public.
Prescription costs as of April 1 2017
Prescription - £8.60 per item.
A three monthly prescription prepayment certificate (PPC) is £29.10. This saves you money if you need more than three prescribed items in three months.
A 12 month certificate is £104.00 and saves money if you need more than 12 prescribed items in a year.
You can find out more about the prepayment certificate (PPC) here.
You can find your nearest pharmacist on the NHS Choices website.