What is a pharmacist?
A pharmacist prepares, dispenses and gives help and advice about medicine. They can also give advice about treating minor illness and injuries.
They normally work in shops called a pharmacy (or chemist) but some can work in hospitals.
When to turn to your pharmacist
Turn to your pharmacist for:
- coughs and colds
- sore throat
- diarrhoea or constipation
- aches and pains
- help when you run out of your repeat medicine.
How will your pharmacist help?
Your pharmacist can help by:
- dispensing prescriptions and organising a repeat supply if you run out
- selling you over-the-counter medicines for minor injuries or illness
- giving advice about your health and medicines
- supplying emergency contraception.
When your local pharmacy is closed
If your GP and local pharmacy are closed and you have an illness or injury that can't wait until they reopen, phone NHS 24 on 111.
They can arrange for you to be seen and treated at your nearest out-of-hours service.
If you are still unsure who to turn to, phone NHS 24 on 111.
They can help direct you to the most appropriate service for your needs.