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You can talk to your local pharmacist about your health, and the health of the person you care for. 

Your pharmacist will be able to speak to you in private. They may be able to give you the care you need, or they may advise you to to see your GP. Most pharmacies have private consultation rooms.

You don’t have to make an appointment to speak to a pharmacist and they are often available during the evening and at weekends. 

Your local pharmacy may be able to help you with medicines and common ailments. This may include (among others) colds, stomach problems, skin conditions, minor eye infections, children’s health, vitamins and supplements, and diabetes. You can also ask your local pharmacy about stopping smoking, losing weight or sexual health.

You may find it easier to have a flu vaccination at your local pharmacy.  The person you care for may also be able to have one at the same time.  If you aren’t eligible for a free vaccination you can also pay for one at a pharmacy.  

Ask your local pharmacy what services they can offer you and person you care for. This can be a pharmacy close to where you live or work. Whilst it’s valuable to build relationships with one pharmacy, so they can understand you and your needs, all pharmacies are available to help you.

Managing medicines for the person you care for

Speak to your pharmacist about:

  • How you can collect medicines for the person you care for.
  • Free repeat prescriptions.
  • Electronic prescription services.
  • When to give medicines to the person you care for.
  • How to give medicines.
  • Storing medicines safely.
  • Getting a medicines review if the person you care for has been taking medicines for some time, or advice if they are using medicines for the first time or if they have been discharged from hospital with medicines.

Thanks to Well for helping us write this page.

Next review due: February 2020