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Did you know that you can get advice on minor ailments from your local community pharmacy or chemist?

Pharmacists are experts in medicines but they are also a great source of help and advice for things like managing long-term conditions or for ailments such as a bad cough, wheezing, a cold or sore throat.

Many pharmacies have longer opening hours than they average GP practice, and they'll also tell you if they think you should see a doctor.

Many also operate a new service called Pharmacy First, a scheme that allows people who receive free prescriptions to go straight to their pharmacist to receive treatment, for selected minor ailments, without needing to visit their GP to get a prescription. Find out more about Pharmacy First here.

When should I go to a pharmacy?

Minor ailments they can advise on include:

  • Bugs and viruses
  • Minor injuries
  • Tummy troubles
  • Skin conditions
  • Allergies
  • Aches and pains

Services from pharmacies include:

  • Emergency contraception
  • Incontinence supplies
  • Pregnancy testing
  • Stop smoking services

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